2018-09-23 14:45 UTC

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IDProjectCategoryView StatusLast Update
0004983Kali Linux[All Projects] General Bugpublic2018-09-19 19:22
Assigned Tosbrun 
PrioritynormalSeverityminorReproducibilityhave not tried
Product Version2018.3 
Target VersionFixed in Version 
Summary0004983: Desktop Icons Missing After Latest Upgrade
DescriptionI did a fresh install of Kali 2018.3 and then proceeded to update it with apt-get update && apt-get dist-upgrade and noticed after rebooting, my desktop icons were gone and I was unable to left-click and drag my mouse on the background to create a selection box. This happened with both the VMware image, as well as the .ISO install.

I noticed that it only happened after the upgrade. Starting a fresh 2018.3 installation without updating will have the icons and the ability to create a selection box by dragging the mouse pointer.

Side note: Gnome Tweak Tools also doesn't have a "Desktop" tab, which it should. I attached a screenshot for easier visualization.
Attached Files

has duplicate 0004988closedrhertzog Desktop Items missings 
has duplicate 0004997closed DESKTOP DOESN'T WORK 
has duplicate 0005004closed Graphical desktop icons not showing 



atdtphreaker (reporter)

I'm experiencing the SAME issue. I appreciate your time, thanks.


daxueba (reporter)

mouse right click´╝îmenu missing server items.


atdtphreaker (reporter)

I uploaded 3 screenshots. Kali dual-boot (root), Kali 'Live' usb (root), Kali 'Live' usb (user).



rojdoj (reporter)

Any updates on this?


sbrun (manager)

I confirmed the issue, it's not a Kali issue. Unfortunately the feature has been removed from nautilus.


Gnome people are working on an extension to replace it but it looks like they have not made a release yet and it's not packaged in Debian/Kali

But you can install it manually, it's available here:


rojdoj (reporter)

Thanks sbrun! I can confirm that fixed it for me. Just make sure you guys rename the UUID in the metadata.json file to the name of the folder that you place in the /.local/share/gnome-shell/extensions directory.


atdtphreaker (reporter)


...installed IT manually BUT found IT to be extremely limited. It's NOT 'tweakable'. BUT it will work for now.

I appreciate the feedback and time. Thanks.


filebe777 (reporter)

I experience thesame issue too. icons/folders doesn't show on Desktop, but it shows in desktop folder.


filebe777 (reporter)

the desktop-icon size from gnome is really big, how do i reduce the icons?

-Issue History
Date Modified Username Field Change
2018-09-12 07:12 rojdoj New Issue
2018-09-12 07:12 rojdoj File Added: no_desktop_tab.png
2018-09-13 01:44 atdtphreaker Note Added: 0009705
2018-09-13 02:03 daxueba Note Added: 0009706
2018-09-13 04:44 atdtphreaker File Added: Screenshot from 2018-09-13 00-03-35-dualboot_root.png
2018-09-13 04:44 atdtphreaker File Added: Screenshot from 2018-09-13 00-25-07-kalilive_root.png
2018-09-13 04:45 atdtphreaker File Added: Screenshot from 2018-09-13 00-30-45-kalilive_user.png
2018-09-13 04:47 atdtphreaker Note Added: 0009708
2018-09-13 13:28 rojdoj Note Added: 0009716
2018-09-13 15:16 sbrun Assigned To => sbrun
2018-09-13 15:16 sbrun Status new => acknowledged
2018-09-13 15:16 sbrun Note Added: 0009717
2018-09-13 15:55 rojdoj Note Added: 0009718
2018-09-13 21:30 atdtphreaker Note Added: 0009720
2018-09-13 23:23 filebe777 Note Added: 0009721
2018-09-13 23:35 filebe777 Note Added: 0009722
2018-09-16 09:14 rhertzog Relationship added has duplicate 0004988
2018-09-17 14:56 g0tmi1k Relationship added has duplicate 0004997
2018-09-19 19:03 elwood Relationship added has duplicate 0005004
+Issue History