Saturday, February 09, 2013

Switching the display of the Gnome desktop icons.

I am a minimalist. Some clutter makes be uncomfortable and lots of its makes me utterly confused. So, when it gets to the point where my desktop has a mountain of icons on it something has to go -its usually my temper but those icons can be hidden. The usual approach is to dig into the Gnome Configuration Editor to switch the Nautilus preferences. That's fine once or twice, but what if we want immediate de-clutter? The gnoclGconf package offers a solution. Here's a simple script to handle the job.

# toggle desktop icons

exec tclsh "$0" "$@"

package require Gnocl
package require GnoclGconf

gnocl::gconf set /apps/nautilus/preferences/show_desktop \
    [gnocl::toggle [gnocl::gconf get /apps/nautilus/preferences/show_desktop] ] \
    -type boolean


Dropping this into my $HOME/bin directory means that I can use this as a command from any terminal. For more convenience I've added a panel launcher. So, now we see it, now we don't! Bye bothersome icons, hello helpful icons!

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