desktop icons repositioned after logout

Karel J. Bosschaart karelj at
Sat Nov 20 19:00:00 GMT 2004

On Fri, Nov 19, 2004 at 08:41:58PM -0800, Joey Richards wrote:
> Hello,
> I am new to the list, so I apologize in advance if this has been asked
> recently.  I attempted to search the archives and found some related
> info, but it was 3 or 4 years old and not of much help.  If I should
> have looked elsewhere before asking the list, I'd appreciate a gentle
> correction.
> I am running KDE 3.3.0 on a Gentoo system.  I like to keep certain icons
> in specific locations on my desktop (e.g., Floppy/CD-ROM in upper left,
> home directory and others in upper right, trash in lower right, etc).  I
> fastidiously drag my icons into place and all is well until I log out.
> When I log out and log back in, I find that some or all of my icons have
> moved.  Generally most are organized on the left side as I'd expect an
> auto-position to happen.  However, it's not perfect and it varies a
> little bit.  For example, there is currently a pattern something like:
> ###
> ###
> #######
> ###
> ###
> ###
> (ie, most seem to be autoplaced, but there is a weird strip that are
> clearly not)
> Sometimes some of the icons stay in the right place while others get
> reorganized, etc.  It seems like it might be somewhat worse if I reboot
> in between logins, but I really haven't carefully tested that.
> Is this normal?  Am I crazy?  Does my description even make sense?  I
> can live with this, but I really expect my icons to hold their positions
> across logins / reboots.

I experience this problem as well. As an acceptable workaround I position 
my icons with "align to grid" checked, and when I'm happy with the icons, 
I uncheck "align to grid". Also "line up horizontally" (as well as 
vertically) are unchecked.

The problem appears especially when there is an icon close to the panel;
KDE seems to think that there is not enough space for it and rearranges
everything if one of the automatic alignment options is set.

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