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Old 02-22-2012, 05:12 PM   #1
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new gnome panel - add menu to panel no longer works

I've been using openbox as a window manager and gnome panel as a panel for years. I've tried everything else and this is the most productive desktop I've come across.

I'm trying to test and possibly move to Debian testing. The version of Gnome panel that comes with testing does not allow moving a sub menu to the panel.

In the past I've created sub menus that are task oriented. For instance I have one called Films. All the applications to copy edit watch and burn movies are quickly available from one icon on the panel.

I've searched the web for work arounds and found nothing.

The only things I've not tried in the past are the KDE panel and the enlightenment desktop.

It looks like I may have to move away from Gnome panel for now.

I hope somebody in the LQ community saves me from that.
Old 02-22-2012, 05:16 PM   #2
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Isn't GNOME shell a part of debian testing? If it is GNOME 3.x, you will not have the capability that you are talking about. See this GNOME cheatsheet link. This might be the answer! Cheers.
Old 02-23-2012, 03:44 PM   #3
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A day later

I probably should clarify my original post. I don't use the gnome desktop or much of gnome at all. I'm not even sure what the shell is.

I started from Antix M11 core and added Xorg and openbox. I used the wheezy repositories. After I had x up I did an aptitude install --without-recommends gnome-panel. Thats the extent of my involvement with gnome.

Today I started thinking about work arounds for the submenu problem. After fooling around on the web and trying to think outside the box a little I came up with some solutions.

I discovered xdotool for duplicating key combinations from a mouse click. I also discovered that the openbox version in debian testing allows icons in menus.

A little more research on rc.xml led me to ways to create submenus and bind them to keystrokes and mouseclicks. Now I can use gnome-panel just like I did the old one. Or any other decent panel for that matter.

The two main computer users in my house have different styles. I like right click menus and hot keys. My wife needs a mouse and icons or a menu on the panel.

I'd be happy to post my new rc.xml and the pseudo menu icon on the panels commands if anybody wants to take a look at them. For now I consider this thread solved.
Now both of us can get stuff done on the new system.
Old 10-12-2013, 05:19 PM   #4
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Cinnamon Desktop is like Gnome 2.0

You should see your familiar panel there, then just go to your menu, mouse to the program you want to add, right click and choose add to panel. I have another question but related. If you have multiple users on a computer and one of them is not a sudoer, how do you, as a sudoer from another account, add to the non-sudoers panel? Is this possible?

Add Repo:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:merlwiz79/cinnamon-ppa
sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install cinnamon
Logout and Change the session to Cinnamon.

Last edited by edcompsci; 10-12-2013 at 05:21 PM.
Old 10-12-2013, 07:18 PM   #5
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Another option that might be worth trying is xfce - its available as one of the "Advanced Options" from the Debian install CD's main menu. The default setup is quite Gnome-2.0-like.


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