Writing about desktop


Sometimes things go a bit wrong. Sometimes they go very wrong. XKill is a simple little application that allows you to kill a running X application that has got out of kilter. Think of this as a quick way to get back control of your Desktop.


xkill (installed by …

On desktop setups where icons are shown on the desktop these are normally taken from the specific folder ~/Desktop. If you find you want to show icons from either your Home or another directory for a particular install/user you can do so by editing the user-dirs config file as …


Looking Glass is GNOME Shell's integrated inspector tool and JavaScript console useful for debugging.


Open the run prompt by pressing Alt+F2

Enter lg to start Looking Glass

Commands can be entered directly at the prompt e.g. global.get_window_actors()

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Exit at any time by pressing Esc

Debug Gnome Shell, or run it from the console, either for plugin development or troubleshooting.


Switch to the console using Ctrl Alt F1 Type "w" to find your display (usually it's :0.0) Export your display (usually with export DISPLAY=:0.0) Restart gnome shell from the console by typing …

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