Idesk manages your desktop. It manages your icons and background.

It uses Imlib2 and is very light.

Installing idesk

For users using puppy4 and below [LINK TO .PET]

For puppy 5 uses, you can find it in your PPM, you might need to update.

Note, you need to make at least one icon or it idesk will not run.
In ~/root/.xinitrc (a hidden file)
Comment this out:
if [ -f /root/Choices/ROX-Filer/PuppyPan1 ];then
 rox -p /root/Choices/ROX-Filer/PuppyPin -r /root/Choices/ROX-Filer/PuppyPan1
 rox -p /root/Choices/ROX-Filer/PuppyPin

Then put:
nohup idesk > /dev/null &

Setting your background

Here is an example this the file i want to make into my background "/root/Background/text-wide-wallpaper.jpg"

  Background.Source: /root/Background/
  Background.File: text-wide-wallpaper.jpg
  Background.Mode: Stretch

The "Background.Mode" available are "Mirror" "Tile" "Center" "Scale" "Fit" "Stretch".
Note Stretch is actually tiled. it is the default.

The default transparency of icons is:
Transparency: 100

If you have a bright background, you might want to reduce the value. Transparency is between 0(no glow effect) and 255 (invisible without a mouseover).
The glow effect is done by making the transparency 0 while the mouse is over the icon.

Configuring the behavior

Then man is very informative and simple.

Idesk by default refresh after double middle clicking. You have to do this right away after you make any changes to the files if idesk is running.
By default, idesk uses double click to open. and left click to drag.
Here is an example of single click to open, middle click to drag.
table Actions
  Lock: alt middle Clk
  Reload: middle doubleClk
  Drag: middle hold
  EndDrag: middle singleClk
  Execute[0]: left Clk
  Execute[1]: right Clk

You can add as many "Execute[1]".

Setting "Locked: true" can be useful if you keep moving your icons by accident.


Your icons files are in ~/.idesktop
Make a file with the extension .Ink
For example "Gimp.Ink", open the file can type:

table Icon
  Caption: Gimp
  Icon: /usr/share/icons/hicolor/48x48/apps/gimp.png
  X: 210
  Y: 120
  Command[0]: gimp
  Command[1]: rox /mnt/home/gimpimages/

"Command[1]:" is not needed but it can be useful if you set "Execute[1]: right Clk"
X and Y are not important, you can drag the icon to wherever you want afterwards.
You can add weight and height to change the default size. Make bigger/smaller icons.
Width: 70
Height: 70


Q: After making changes to the idesk file, it changes back.

Refresh idesk straight away after saving your file.
You can also kill idesk first, do the changes you want, then start idesk again.

Q: My background doesn't start when i boot. It only appears after i refresh it.

Try adding delay to background. "Background.Delay: 2"
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