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Unexplained changes in Gnome functionality

Hi list

Of late, Gnome has been behaving in unpredictable ways.  I am using testing/Squeeze and sometime over the last few weeks, a number of changes have taken place that I am unable to reverse, and I would really appreciate a bit of help from this list if that is not too much trouble.

In no order of priority:

1) When I right-click on an image file in my home directory in order to access the properties of that image to add notes to it, the whole set of desktop icons, including my home directory and Conky all disappear for a few seconds and then re-appear (except when it does, Conky has been killed).  This happens all the time now and so on the multiple images I have which I need to work with, I cannot access any of the notes pertaining to those images because (a) to be able to do so seems to be specifically a Nautillus or is it Metacity (?) functionality and unless I am in Gnome this function doesn't even exist, and (b) there is no way that I can access the notes if the system keeps throwing a wobbly like that.

2) When double-clicking on an image file, EOG is opened as the default image viewer.  It used to be, and I would prefer, GQView.  However, I cannot see anywhere in Gnome to set this as the default behaviour so I have to right click and select GQView from the "open with" option.  Not my preferred action, but as I said, there isn't any (obvious) way around this.

3) Despite setting up a script to be called when Gnome starts up, Conky appears briefly and then is replaced/ over-written by the desktop image.  I have set the script to sleep for about 10 seconds before being drawn, but this just doesn't happen.  I can only get Conky going if I manually call it.  Again, not a big issue, just a PITA really.

4) Finally, icons from removable media are not being placed on my desktop like they used to.  This may well have something to do with UDEV, but beyond that I haven't a clue on what's up nor - even more critically - what I can do about it.

I've asked this list for help before on a couple of these issues and the response has been - with the exception of one kind soul who did respond - crap.  I don't know if there is a secret code or something that I am supposed to be using to get some response?  I am using a Debian system, the Debian community is supposed to be helpful, I am asking questions politely and giving as much info as possible.  I have tried to help myself through using Google, but in many instances if one doesn't know what one is looking for, it becomes very hard to find an answer.

So, if some generous person on these Debian lists could lend me the benefit of their experience and knowledge, that would be immense benefit and I would be grateful.

Thanks in anticipation.


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