I'm using awesome wm on a ubuntu 12.04. It works fine except that whenever I run guake or nautilus should the background being reverted back to what's my background on unity.

on using nautilus, there's a simple workaround that I've found here

Problem with Nautilus when using awesome

But is there a permanent configuration to set here so as to not conflict with awesome?

But I haven't found a solution yet when using guake.

  1. Install dconf-tools

    sudo apt-get install dconf-tools
  2. Open dconf-editor.

  3. Search for org > gnome > desktop > background

  4. Uncheck "draw-background" and "show-desktop-icons".

Good Luck!

P.S. I have no experience with awesome wm and cannot test my solution, but I really think this should solve your problem. I am sorry in advance to steal your time if it does not work.

I overread the Guake Part of the question. I am not sure if you want the Unity background or not, but there is "Guake Preferences" installed with Guake, where you can set a background or switch transparency off to get what you want. or not?

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  • thanks for your answer. but i've tried all the steps but still the problem occurs. – chanHXC Jul 30 '13 at 14:28
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    On Ubuntu 14.10, I had to use dconf-editor instead of dconf-tools. – Mr. S Dec 29 '14 at 19:16

You could modify the /usr/share/applications/nautilus.desktop so it says in the line

Exec= nautilus --no-desktop

It should be the third line

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  • sorry didin't seem to work – jaorizabal Jul 14 '13 at 17:21
  • thanks for your answer. i've tried it. But it doesn't work – chanHXC Jul 30 '13 at 14:27
  • you could also try the prized solution, sorry for commenting that late – Ubuntubro Apr 20 '14 at 13:57

I realise this post is rather old but I just thought of a possible permanent configuration. Although this looks like and probably is a workaround it should fix your issue permanently, that is, if you are launching nautilus with the nautilus command.

alias nautilus='nautilus --no-desktop'

I do not know about guake.

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