I'm running XFCE remotely via lightDB with xdcmp enabled.

How do I disable the desktop background, (preferably for remote sessions only)?

Note if I select Menu->Settings->Desktop and select Background Image:none I still get a solid background. This is not good enough. Remember X is a network protocol, I need to client the local desktop with remote applications over the top. When accessing remotely I only require the panel and the window-manager.

  • I think this s a function of your X server (on the local machine) rather than the X client window manager. What are you using? – StarNamer Aug 9 '12 at 23:18
  • The point is that the desktop background is essential just a special client 'window' so the server needs to recognise it and discard it. – StarNamer Aug 9 '12 at 23:25
xfdesktop --quit

and save the session.

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1) it's not an Xserver function, as even running rootless the window manager paints a background. 2) Setting the background to "Transparent" results in a black backdrop. Not Transparent. 3) One can successfully disable the desktop icons and context menu. But the background remains.

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  • I get neat glitch art looking desktop if I set the background to "transparent". It's probably GPU+driver dependent – JamesTheAwesomeDude Mar 20 '17 at 16:51

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