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Modding the nautilus desktop - Text Beside Icons
First, open terminal and write:
apt-get source nautilus
sudo apt-get build-dep nautilus
the build-dep command will install all the build dependencies for nautilus.
1) Create a new text file and call it: file-manager.patch
copy all this contents into this file:
--- nautilus-desktop-icon-view.c 2011-10-27 17:31:16.773039361 +0200
+++ ../../nautilus-3.2.1-original/src/nautilus-desktop-icon-view.c 2011-10-28 09:40:25.000000000 +0200
@@ -852,7 +852,7 @@
"supports-auto-layout", FALSE,
"supports-scaling", TRUE,
"supports-keep-aligned", TRUE,
- "supports-labels-beside-icons", FALSE,
+ "supports-labels-beside-icons", TRUE,
return NAUTILUS_VIEW (view);
Save the patch.
2) Copy the patch into the folder ~/nautilus-(version)/src/
open terminal go to ~/nautilus-(version)/src/ that where you put the patch and when you in there,
patch -p0 < file-manger.patch
if the command was successful you should see something like this:
patching file nautilus-desktop-icon-view.c
3) not start to compile nautilus
./configure --prefix=/usr
sudo make install
killall nautilus
that's it, now the option text beside icons should work on the desktop too, enjoy :) The text is
stolen from [1] but I updated the patch. I tested the patch with Ubuntu 11.10 and nautilus-3.2.1.
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Duh! I have discovered my issue. For anyone who may be experiencing the same problem, I forgot to go to Edit -> Preferences -> Views and actually click the "Text Beside Icons" check box. Stupid mistake! This is actually working for me under Ubuntu 12.10. Sorry for the silly runaround!

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