Comment 5 for bug 168787

jfb (jf-barraud) wrote :

Markers will do it, with some limitation: they are added at control points only, so it is hard to get evenly distributed copies of your pattern.

I hope LivePathEffects will do that soon (it should not be hard to implement thanks to Johan excellent work!)
However, I just commited an extention derived from pattern-along-path that does what you want: see https://bugs.launchpad.net/inkscape/+bug/171801.