Debian Buster Budgie install no desktop config. (Bug?)

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Debian Buster Budgie install no desktop config. (Bug?)

#1 Post by globetrotterdk »

I have installed Debian Buster, with only the Budgie desktop on a laptop, by installing the base system from netinstall, with no WM / DE. On reboot, I installed what I believed necessary for my system. Unfortunately, I missed something, but don't know what. I am not able to set a background image on the Budgie desktop, nor am I able to view icons of files that I have placed in the "desktop" folder. on the desktop. I am however, able to set a background color. What am I missing? Here is my basic install on reboot:

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$ sudo apt -y install xorg x11-xserver-utils budgie-core budgie-desktop network-manager-gnome gnome-control-center gnome-screensaver gnome-terminal nautilus dconf-editor pavucontrol
There were a lot of dependencies that were pulled in, but clearly something needs to be installed.


This may or may not be related, but I have tried to use dconf editor and go into /org/gnome/desktop/background/ and activate "show-desktop-icons" both without and with gnome-flashback installed, but I never get any desktop icons either.

I also tried the following suggested in this thread, but it didn't help either: ... fedora_33/

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$ sudo apt install nemo
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background show-desktop-icons false
xdg-mime default nemo.desktop inode/directory application/x-gnome-saved-search
I also created ~/.config/autostart/nemo-desktop.desktop with the following content:

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[Desktop Entry]
Name=Nemo Desktop
It seems to me, after having tried all of these different things, that there is something broken in the Budgie Desktop. Whether this is a bug or some content not included, and whether this is only related to the Budgie Desktop shipped by Debian, someone with more insight than I will need to determine.


I just messaged with one of the Solus Budgie developers. He wrote that they have a package called gnome-desktop that is responsible for setting the desktop. It isn’t to be found in the Debian Buster version.

The actual reply is:
The background is just set using gnome-desktop which provides the Gnome.BG interface, as well as Meta.BackgroundContent from Mutter, and we use the standard org.gnome.desktop.background schema. ... d.vala#L83

You probably need whatever their equivalent package name is.
Thanks again JoshStrobl.

I next tried installing gnome-core, which added the desktop background switching, but also added too much of the Gnome desktop, as Budgie was no longer to be found as a separate entity, with separate behavior. Looks like someone didn’t package all of the necessary bits for the Budgie Desktop.
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