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Does this problem have something to do with Nautilus (whatever that is)? Should I look under ~/.gnome/nautilus-scripts (???) and try and modify scripts in there to remove the bogus "directories"?
Maybe the answer is here:
To Add a Menu Using Menu Files
To add a menu for all users, perform the following steps:
1. Create a directory entry file for the item that you want to add. Create the directory entry file in the /usr/share/gnome/vfolders directory. For more information about directory entry files, see Directory Entry Files.
2. Locate the vfolder information file for the location where you want to add the menu. For example, to add a menu to the Applications menu, locate the file /etc/gnome-vfs-2.0/vfolders/applications-all-users.vfolder-info.
3. In the vfolder information file, add a <Folder> element for the new menu. For more information about vfolder information files, see Vfolders and Menus.
The next time users log in, the menu is in the assigned location.
No, it wasn't. I cleared out suspicious files in ~/.nautilus/metafiles, and that still didn't help.
From the This Computer icon, there are duplicate icons for each set (e.g. Applications, Preferences, Internet, Office, etc.) WITHIN the folder of that set. For example, the contents of the Internet folder are:
Sun Java System Instant Messaging
Email and Calendar
Internet (not associated with application, cannot be opened or deleted)
Java Web Start Mozilla Web Browser
How do I get rid of these duplicate, erroneous icons? When I log in as root to JDS, there are no such problems.
The bad icons appear in applications:///, applications-all-users:///, preferences:///, and preferences-all-users:///, but not via the Launch menus.
Should I post these issues on the gnome desktop forums to get some help?
The answer was deleting the ~/.gconf and ~/.gconfd directories. Also, avoid using the gconf-editor at all costs, as you are warned, as it immediately re-created the duplicate icon problem mentioned above.
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It turns out that the "bogus" icons are actually hidden files and can be turned off in the nautilus FM prefs.