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Duplicate Icons

#1 Post by Gordon Cooper » Thu Sep 10, 2015 7:08 pm

Something mysterious just happened on boot-up. Most of the desktop icons now have duplicates, some of them piled up over others.
These duplicates will not launch applications, and worse, I can not delete them. Advice needed. :frown:
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Re: Duplicate Icons

#2 Post by Jerry3904 » Thu Sep 10, 2015 7:13 pm

Clear sessions (Settings > Session and Startup) and log out?
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Re: Duplicate Icons

#3 Post by Gordon Cooper » Thu Sep 10, 2015 7:18 pm

Jerry3904 wrote:Clear sessions (Settings > Session and Startup) and log out?
Have tried that, no improvement. Any sort of click on the duplicates does nothing, had hope to select them and delete but somehow they
seem to be embedded in the background.

Edit - yes they were, changed the wallpaper and they have disappeared. Next step will be to delete that background completely and set up
again.
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Re: Duplicate Icons

#4 Post by Gordon Cooper » Thu Sep 10, 2015 11:10 pm

I had marked this as Solved, but now unmarked it as I don't really know what caused it. As reported above, the desktop produced a set
of duplicates for the icons normally displayed. One of each (apparently) identical pair behaved normally, could be moved/deleted/or clicked
to launch an application. The other member of the pair, was merely a graphic that could not be moved. deleted, nor used as a launcher.

The only was to get rid of the icons was to load a new picture as wallpaper. This then needed to be populated with icons, all of which behaved normally.

The next step was to reload the original wallpaper, a photo jpeg file from a sub-folder in Pictures. Doing this brought back all the bad icons.
Would not have expected this so looked at the sub-folder and found that not only the jpeg file, but its source, a high definition .png file, with the same name had also been changed by the embedding of the icons. Folder details showed that both photo files had been modified four days ago. Have been using the computer everyday and did not see the duplicates until this morning.

Apart from this time lapse, the oddest thing is how the icon embedding affected the .png file too. :confused:
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Re: Duplicate Icons

#5 Post by dolphin_oracle » Thu Sep 10, 2015 11:27 pm

it almost sounds like someone took a screenshot (I think our screenshot app makes a png by default) and then made a jpeg and set that as your wallpaper.

if you can rule that out, then you've got one off the oddest bugs I've ever heard.
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Re: Duplicate Icons

#6 Post by Gordon Cooper » Thu Sep 10, 2015 11:43 pm

Thanks Dolphin, that's a clue. I was experimenting with screenshots last week. Don't recall saving that one. Still doesn't solve everything
but will have another look at it. Very likely it is something I have done myself. Will see if I can repeat it.
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Re: Duplicate Icons

#7 Post by Gordon Cooper » Fri Sep 11, 2015 12:17 am

Yes Indeed. A self inflicted wound. Was able to duplicate the problem by taking a screenshot, saving it, then using the saved shot as
wallpaper. The photographed icons are there, with the active icons superimposed over them. The active ones can be selected and deleted
leaving useless icon graphics on view. The four days time delay can be explained by good icons superimposed over identical no-goods
which did not show up until another application was added last night, and on today's boot, xcfe (as it has been known to do) moved
some of the icons around so that they were not matching the lower layer and I could see them.

Another lesson learnt and little else achieved today. Again, thanks D O for the clue.
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Re: Duplicate Icons

#8 Post by Earl57 » Fri Sep 11, 2015 12:25 pm

Do you have a cat? My cat knows more keyboard shortcuts than I ever knew. I am now in the habit of locking the screen when I step away to keep her from messing with things...

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Re: Duplicate Icons

#9 Post by uncle mark » Fri Sep 11, 2015 1:14 pm

Gordon Cooper wrote:Yes Indeed. A self inflicted wound. Was able to duplicate the problem by taking a screenshot, saving it, then using the saved shot as
wallpaper. The photographed icons are there, with the active icons superimposed over them. The active ones can be selected and deleted
leaving useless icon graphics on view. The four days time delay can be explained by good icons superimposed over identical no-goods
which did not show up until another application was added last night, and on today's boot, xcfe (as it has been known to do) moved
some of the icons around so that they were not matching the lower layer and I could see them.

Another lesson learnt and little else achieved today. Again, thanks D O for the clue.
I've heard about that being done as a practical joke, but never hear of anyone doing it to himself...
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Re: Duplicate Icons

#10 Post by Paul.. » Fri Sep 11, 2015 1:58 pm

Makes for a good story, Gordon!...gave me a chuckle.

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