I did a clean install of Xubuntu 16.04 a couple of weeks back. I installed a few icon themes like Faba, Moka etc. However after recent software update, all the desktop icons have turned like this:

Xubuntu 16.04 desktop icons misalignment

I restarted my machine several times. I tried several commands like clean autoclean autoremove etc, but no result (it's all the same for default icons or any other third-party icons that I have installed).


Apparently this is because of a bug in gtk2-engines-murrine .

I rolled back to the previous version of the package:

sudo apt-get install gtk2-engines-murrine=0.98.2-0ubuntu2


Voila! Everything is properly aligned again!

You can track the bug here

Additionally if you don't want to upgrade this package automatically in future:

sudo echo "gtk2-engines-murrine hold" | sudo dpkg --set-selections


bytegenie's answer is correct and functions well. To do so in an automated way, run the following in a terminal:

sudo apt-get install gtk2-engines-murrine=0.98.2-0ubuntu2 -y --allow-downgrades
sudo killall xfdesktop

This will automatically downgrade the package, and restart xfce's desktop service.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.