No symbolic to start application from desktop

ksarnow

On former desktop versions, a right click on the desktop environment opened an option to set a symbolic link to an application, starting the app. This seems not to work anymore. All I get is the Software center to start.

Any help?
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ajgreeny

Which version using which desktop?

Repositionable and resizable translucent window (ruler like)

COUTIER_Eric

Hello,
I’m looking for a simple software that would be a simple rectangular window, without decoration but repositionable and resizable and “on top” and with customizable opacity and color.
It will be very suitable to put on top of an existing window for having a visual guide to follow a list, or other information.

I know “kruler” which is very like this with opacity settings but i’m not interested with graduations in my case…

Anyone know a soft like this ?
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CantankRus

Conky may be suitable.
This config will give you a transparent undecorated window.

alignment none
background no
border_width 1
cpu_avg_samples 2
default_color white
default_outline_color white
default_shade_color white
draw_borders no
draw_graph_borders yes
draw_outline no
draw_shades no
use_xft yes
xftfont DejaVu Sans Mono:size=12
gap_x 60
gap_y 60

own_window_type normal
own_window_hints undecorate,above
own_window_colour blue
own_window_argb_visual yes # enable real tranparency
own_window_argb_value 100 # argb value 0>255 0=transparent 255=opaque
minimum_size 100 100
#maximum_width
own_window yes
own_window_class Conky

net_avg_samples 2
no_buffers yes
out_to_console no
out_to_stderr no
extra_newline no

stippled_borders 0
update_interval 1.0
uppercase no
use_spacer none
show_graph_scale no
show_graph_range no

TEXT
Save the config as .conkyrc in your home directory.

Install conky and using the terminal, run “conky” which should bring up a semi-tranparent resizeable blue window
in the top left corner. The window may be very small to begin with as shown in second pic.
Use alt+left mouse to reposition.
Alt+middle mouse to resize.
See “man conky”

Window Action Buttons

chazdg24

I haven’t used Ubuntu in a few years but I am impressed with 16.04. Nice and fast.

However, using a 23″ Monitor, the Window Action Buttons are quite small for numb hands. I have been searching for two days to enlarge or change the ‘action buttons’ so they are larger. I am inclined to use 16.04 if I can get those buttons larger or a theme that will do it for me. I know said action buttons can’t be moved to the right, but I can live with that.

Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks.
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grahammechanical

Do you mean the Close, Minimise, & Maximise buttons? Go to System Settings>Screen Display and see the slider labelled Scale for menu and title bars. The default is 1. Increase the scale to something suitable and then click Apply.

Regards.

bob–treat

Thanks, grahammechanical. Needed to know this too.

chazdg24

Thanks, just what I was looking for.

vasa1

Hi, the preferred way to mark your issue solved is to use “Thread Tools” as shown here: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UnansweredPostsTeam/SolvedThreads

kde wallet nuisance

yonnie

This KDE Wallet seems to pop-up for just about any reason. Sometimes the window gets behind another window and blocks work. I’ve tried removing it via the package manager, but it still is here and causing trouble. It supposedly is to pop-up for passwords? Then why does it seem to pop-up for everything? First off, what is it asking for when no passwords were used or altered when it pops-up? Next, how do I get rid of it?
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buzzingrobot

If/when you see a dialogue asking you to created a password for Kwallet (you will see a choice of GPG encryption or Blowfish encryption) choose Blowfish and *do not enter a password*. Leave the password field blank and click ‘OK”. You’ll be warned that this is insecure. But, it is the widely-used way of taming Kwallet.

It’s KDE’s password manager. Most KDE apps depend on it to store their password. For example, the mail servers you set up in a Kmail account have passwords. KWallet stores them and automatically supplies them to Kmail when it logs on to those servers. Without that, Kmail would prompt for a password every time it accesses a mail server.(That’s equivalent to the mail check interval you set, not just when Kmail is launched.)

Kwallet itself is protected by its own password. It will prompt for its password when KDE is restarted. If you don’t provide one then, and you later launch an app that uses a password maintained by kwallet, you’ll be prompted by kwallet for its own password.
It’s almost impossible to successfully remove the kwallet packages.

In the “Account Details” panel in System Settings, you can access Kwallet’s controls. (Also available via kwalletmanager.)

KWallet irritates and frustrates most users.

yonnie

I was waiting for an email telling me there was a response that either never came or was missed, sorry for the delay. I will try the above and get back. The wallet is a damned nuisance when on a scratch-pad and I need it gone!

mr-tin-man

I found this link, don’t know if it is still valid, seems to be mixed opinions. Hope it helps.

http://askubuntu.com/questions/47216/how-to-disable-kde-wallet

mr tin man

montag dp

Just to add to buzzingrobot’s response, in kwalletmanager there is the option to change kwallet’s password. If you have already set a password and it asks you for it all the time, go there and change it, leaving both the new password field and confirmation field blank. It will warn you that it is a weak password, but that’s okay.

I’m not sure why kwallet works the way it does. It’s a major nuance if you actually have a password set. It seems like if it really needs to have a password for security reasons, it shouldn’t need to ask your for it every time a known service starts. Maybe just for new services to ensure they are not malicious. But then, I don’t think I fully understand the concept behind it in the first place, so maybe that wouldn’t work.

wandalalakers

I disable kwallet. I don’t use kmail.

yonnie

Can’t find it when looking for it, but it still pops-up when I don’t want it and forces to be dealt with. Not in system settings.

buzzingrobot

It’s in, or should be, System Settings->Account Details in both KDE4 and KDE5. You can also launch “kwalletmanager”.

KWallet is the way KDE remembers passwords. If it’s removed (difficult and risky) then most applications won’t be able to store their passwords. The problem seems to be that
Kwallet also has a password and it will prompt you for it. I.e., it doesn’t store its own password. Until Kwallet is provided with its password, it will not provide stored passwords to other applications.

Working correctly, KWallet should prompt for a password once a session.

Whatever is going on here has been happening for years. Many, many users never seem to get it to stop being so annoyoing.

The most effective way to deal with it, as mentioned, is to use a blank password for your KWallet password.

Until all KDE4 components have moved to KDE5, distributions typically ship a mix of both KDE4 and KDE5 packages. Those distributions, then, have to also ship two Kwallet versions, one that works in KDE4 and one the works in KDE5.

Gnome upgrade

eipapp

I’m currently running Gnome 3.18.5 in desktop environment.
How can I upgrade to Gnome 3.20 when 16.10 is released tomorrow ?

Thanks,
Bruce
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Bucky Ball

Try this for one (http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2016/05/install-gnome-3-20-ubuntu-16-04-lts). Do a search for ‘install Gnome 3.20 ubuntu 16.04’ and you’ll find millions of others. Presuming you want to install 3.20 on Ubuntu 16.04 that is. You don’t say.

Pays to search before posting. Post back if you have issues, mark as solved if not. Cheers. 🙂

jbicha

Or do you want Ubuntu GNOME 16.10?

In that case, this link (http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2016/10/how-to-upgrade-to-ubuntu-16-10) might be what you’re looking for.

Bucky Ball

Or do you want Ubuntu GNOME 16.10?

In that case, this link (http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2016/10/how-to-upgrade-to-ubuntu-16-10) might be what you’re looking for.

hehe. Yea, that’s one way of doing it. Wouldn’t guarantee stability, though … but maybe that’s the problem.

@OP: If you are having issues with 16.04 and that’s why you’re wanting to do this, suggest you post a thread about the problems you are having with 16.04 and we’ll see if we can fix that in preference to using a newer kernel from a different release.

If you’re having issues and suspect banging a new kernel in is going to fix them, it generally won’t unless you have very new hardware, and not always then either.

Disappearing mouse pointer after “lock” and “hibernation”

andrewleepaul

Hello all

I have installed “Xubuntu 16.04, Xenial Xerus” on a new Lenovo T560. Everything works exactly as expected with the exception of the following:

When I lock the laptop, using the using “Lock Screen” icon in the menu, and then unlock it again, the mouse pointer disappears.

The mouse is still functional. It is possible to click on the icons in the panel, for example, however, the mouse pointer is invisible.

I experience the identical behavior after waking up from hibernation too.

When logging in for the first time, or after logging out, the problem does not occur.

As a workaround, I can switch TTY with:

Ctrl + Alt + F1
Ctrl + Alt + F7

And the mouse pointer magically re-appears.

Besides this workaround, is there a fix to the problem?

Here is the output of “lcpci”, showing the hardware in the laptop:

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Sky Lake Host Bridge/DRAM Registers (rev 08)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Sky Lake Integrated Graphics (rev 07)
00:08.0 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Sky Lake Gaussian Mixture Model
00:14.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation Sunrise Point-LP USB 3.0 xHCI Controller (rev 21)
00:14.2 Signal processing controller: Intel Corporation Sunrise Point-LP Thermal subsystem (rev 21)
00:16.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation Sunrise Point-LP CSME HECI (rev 21)
00:16.3 Serial controller: Intel Corporation Device 9d3d (rev 21)
00:17.0 SATA controller: Intel Corporation Sunrise Point-LP SATA Controller [AHCI mode] (rev 21)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Device 9d10 (rev f1)
00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Device 9d12 (rev f1)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation Sunrise Point-LP LPC Controller (rev 21)
00:1f.2 Memory controller: Intel Corporation Sunrise Point-LP PMC (rev 21)
00:1f.3 Audio device: Intel Corporation Sunrise Point-LP HD Audio (rev 21)
00:1f.4 SMBus: Intel Corporation Sunrise Point-LP SMBus (rev 21)
00:1f.6 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation Ethernet Connection I219-LM (rev 21)
02:00.0 Unassigned class [ff00]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTS522A PCI Express Card Reader (rev 01)
04:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation Wireless 8260 (rev 3a)

Andrew
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Martin_Pozdena

Thank you for the workaround 🙂

I have exactly the same issue with Lenovo Thinkpad E531.

martin@XXXXXXXXXXX:~$ lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 3rd Gen Core processor DRAM Controller (rev 09)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 3rd Gen Core processor Graphics Controller (rev 09)
00:14.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family USB xHCI Host Controller (rev 04)
00:16.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family MEI Controller #1 (rev 04)
00:1a.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #2 (rev 04)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family High Definition Audio Controller (rev 04)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 1 (rev c4)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 2 (rev c4)
00:1c.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 4 (rev c4)
00:1d.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #1 (rev 04)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation HM77 Express Chipset LPC Controller (rev 04)
00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series Chipset Family 6-port SATA Controller [AHCI mode] (rev 04)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family SMBus Controller (rev 04)
03:00.0 Unassigned class [ff00]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTS5229 PCI Express Card Reader (rev 01)
04:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation Centrino Wireless-N 2230 (rev c4)
05:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller (rev 07)

It is worth mentioning that I also have the xubuntu 14.04 installed at the same machine (for more than a year) and this issue was never present in 14.04.

I am open to provide more information about my system if it helps in fixing this bug.

Martin

Urgazhi

Have the same issue with Lenovo Yoga 2

$lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Atom Processor Z36xxx/Z37xxx Series SoC Transaction Register (rev 0e)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Atom Processor Z36xxx/Z37xxx Series Graphics & Display (rev 0e)
00:13.0 SATA controller: Intel Corporation Atom Processor E3800 Series SATA AHCI Controller (rev 0e)
00:14.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation Atom Processor Z36xxx/Z37xxx, Celeron N2000 Series USB xHCI (rev 0e)
00:1a.0 Encryption controller: Intel Corporation Atom Processor Z36xxx/Z37xxx Series Trusted Execution Engine (rev 0e)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation Atom Processor Z36xxx/Z37xxx Series High Definition Audio Controller (rev 0e)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Atom Processor E3800 Series PCI Express Root Port 1 (rev 0e)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation Atom Processor Z36xxx/Z37xxx Series Power Control Unit (rev 0e)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation Atom Processor E3800 Series SMBus Controller (rev 0e)
01:00.0 Network controller: Qualcomm Atheros QCA9565 / AR9565 Wireless Network Adapter (rev 01)

Slowboyfast

I think it’s lightdm related. Switched to GDM and the problem is gone.

PaulW2U

I think it’s lightdm related. Switched to GDM and the problem is gone.
The bug report suggests otherwise – Mouse cursor lost when unlocking with Intel graphics (https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/xserver-xorg-video-intel/+bug/1568604) – the fix in Debian will hopefully find its way into Ubuntu soon.

LXpanel Loses width setting on reboot

nicholasgust

Hi guys,

I’m using Lubuntu 15.10. I have an extra panel which I use like a dock on the left side. I have it set to disappear when not in use.

I’m using the Application Launcher to put shortcuts on the panel like a dock for my favourite apps.

Here’s a description of my problem.

I set the width of the panel to one icon wide (40px) so the icons appear nicely along the side of my screen. When I reboot the setting is lost and it defaults to 150px wide. This makes the dock kind of useless.

I noticed if I mess around with the position (ie. set it to top instead of side) it defaults to 150px too.

What can I do to make the setting permanent? All the other settings I pick for the panel remain in place.

Thanks

FYI, I am not actually new to this forum I just haven’t used it in a long time and they changed the login system. I guess I lost all my old posts and whatnot.
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ajgreeny

You can probably get all your old login and posta back if you start a thread in the Resolution Centre
http://ubuntuforums.org/forumdisplay.php?f=123
stating what email was used in the past, and the forum username you used previously.

I can not help with your LXpanel problem, I’m afraid. Have you looked in the links that are shown at https://help.ubuntu.com/community/LubuntuLinks which could help you?

nicholasgust

Come on guys. This is driving me crazy. I’m sure there is a simple solution.

Has anyone else had this problem?

chicob2

I have the same problem.
Left panel is set to be 34 px wide, but on reboot/lxpanel crash/lxpanel reset it defaults to 150 px.

I’ve tried changing the available options, with no results.
After editing the panel, when I check ~/.config/lxpanel/Lubuntu/panels/left, it reads

Global {
edge=left
monitor=0
height=34
transparent=1
background=0
tintcolor=#6a6a6a
alpha=255
width=91
iconsize=32
autohide=1
heightwhenhidden=2
setdocktype=0
}

so why does it change back to 150 px?
I’m on Lubuntu 15.10.

mr-tin-man

You might of already seen this, don’t know. Seems to go into a lot of detail on your subject. (Good luck) I run lubuntu on one machine, but seldom get on that machine. Here is the link : http://wiki.lxde.org/en/LXPanel

mr tin man

LaneLester

I’m one more person suffering from this bug. I fiddled with a bunch of stuff without success. I see that my preferred width on the second panel is preserved in .config/lxpanel, but it seems the program ignores the value for its preferred 150. Very annoying.

Lane

meltingpot2015

Have had many issues with lxpanel on Ubuntu 14.04. See my postings on this site. Haven’t had any replies to them. Kinda like talking to a brick wall. (lack of support for lxpanel is clearly visible)

I will be installing ubuntu 15.10 soon, but will be staying well away from lxpanel.

Thanks for the heads-up guys.

LaneLester

For other reasons, I’m pleased with my new installation of Lubuntu 15.10, so I’ll be sticking with lxpanel. I’ve decided to give up on the side panel and configure the lxpanel along the bottom to look like my Windows 10 partition. It has the shortcut icons along the bottom on the left, and icons-only for running programs to the right on the taskbar.

Another drawback to lxpanel is that its GUI config lists only the shortcuts that were created during installation. So programs that are added later never show up as available for the panel, even though they have files in /usr/share/applications. I’m getting around this shortcoming by editing ~/.config/lxpanel/Lubuntu/panels/panel manually to add the new shortcuts. Here is one such addition:

Button {
id=menu://applications/Internet/filezilla.desktop
}

Lane

vasa1


Another drawback to lxpanel is that its GUI config lists only the shortcuts that were created during installation. So programs that are added later never show up as available for the panel, even though they have files in /usr/share/applications. …
Hi, can you clarify what you mean by the part in bold? Is what I’m showing in the attached image what you’re referring to? That should update automatically.

LaneLester

Hi, can you clarify what you mean by the part in bold? Is what I’m showing in the attached image what you’re referring to? That should update automatically.

No, the menu (shown in the graphic) does update when programs are added. When you right-click on the panel and select Add-Remove Panel Items, a small Panel Preferences window comes up. If you select Application Launch Bar and click Preferences, a small Application Launch Bar window comes up. On the right are Installed Applications, from which you can select items to add. It is this right-hand list that shows only the programs that were installed during the installation of Lubuntu, at least on my system.

Lane

vasa1

Thank you for explaining so clearly. I’m still on 14.04 and my list does update. As you can see there at least two items, mkusb and unetbootin, there that aren’t part of a default Lubuntu install. I’ll check with a 16.04 Live USB later because I plan to move to 16.04 as soon as it is released.

I’ve never had to use this, but I’ve come across lxpanelctl restart being suggested. I don’t know if it will help.

meltingpot2015

There is more than one panel out there. (No need to become boxed-in to one panel) Unless you are a habitual computer user that prefers the same old, same old.

Have a look at pypanel, fbpanel, or tint2.

vasa1

There is more than one panel out there. (No need to become boxed-in to one panel) Unless you are a habitual computer user that prefers the same old, same old.

Have a look at pypanel, fbpanel, or tint2.Why don’t you start a thread comparing panels? That would be most welcome. I’m sure it will benefit many users.

Dennis N

LXpanel Loses width setting on reboot

I can’t reproduce this width setting problem in Lubuntu 16.04 beta1. Possibly the problem has been fixed, as there is a newer version of LXPanel. Try it out and see.

EDIT
Bug report located – status is fixed with lxpanel 0.8.2 (which is what I have in Lubuntu 16.04 beta1)
https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/lxpanel/+bug/1534438

meltingpot2015

Why don’t you start a thread comparing panels? That would be most welcome. I’m sure it will benefit many users.

Probably could, but seem to spend forever tweaking privacy settings.

BTW, I’ve been using Ubuntu 15.10 with xfce desktop v4.12 and xfce4-panel for 4 days and can highly recommend it. Only had a minor wobble when the file manager froze once. Had to close it and re-open. That’s it.

After change home folder I can’t find old home to delete & I must to install old app

onracings

I change home folder by:
create new user
use command: sudo usermode -d /new-home-forder username
the home folder changed but:
I can’t old home folder to delete and some app need to redownload and reinstall. I don’t want that, how can I solve this?
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buzzingrobot

“man usermod” says the “current home folder will be moved…”

A “move” is not a copy. When something is moved from its original directory to another directory, it no longer exists in the original directory.

Plagued by some kind of browser adware

RaZoR1394

Since a few days ago I am randomly getting annoying popups like casino sites when using Google Chrome. Some url’s also seem hijacked. For a while I had tried reaching some of my favourite sites but I was directed to spam sites. I can’t pinpoint the cause. I have removed almost all my Chrome extensions but the problem persists. I had the url hijack problem with Chrome on my android phone as well. I can use Chrome for several hours without problem then suddenly it starts throwing me a lot of spam popups and It’s very annoying. I have never seen such a behaviour in a GNU/Linux environment before.

I am using an updated 64bit Ubuntu 16.04 installation with the latest Google Chrome.
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Frogs Hair

You may have something hidden in the browser cache. Have totally cleared browsing data from the begging of time ? If not make sure to included cached images and files.

Is there any web based GUIs for Ubuntu Server 14.04?

dylan56

I was wondering if there were any web based GUIs for my Ubuntu Server for easy file management and other tasks. If there is such thing, could you please recommend one for me? The reason I’m doing this is so I don’t have to install a full desktop on my server, because I’d like to keep it lightweight. Thanks in advance!
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LukeMorrison

Webmin might be a place to start. It does have some issues, but it would at least help you get up and running as you learn the underpinnings of working with the Ubuntu / Linux server OS.

dylan56

Webmin might be a place to start. It does have some issues, but it would at least help you get up and running as you learn the underpinnings of working with the Ubuntu / Linux server OS.

I look into it. Thanks for the reply though!