gnome-panel needs gconf option to suppress movement

Bug #250862 reported by Oliver Grawert on 2008-07-22
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Ubuntu Netbook Remix
Michael Terry
gnome-panel (Ubuntu)
Ubuntu Desktop Bugs
Ubuntu Desktop Bugs
Ubuntu Desktop Bugs

Bug Description

Binary package hint: gnome-panel

As described in Bug 247507, gnome panel breaks in various intresting ways on screens with very limited vertical space if pulled into a vertical orientation (on 480px height the default panel items overlap that heavily that you cant even reach the panel itself to move it back to the top/bottom).
An option to lock down the position is needed to make it possble to avoid accidential movement of the panel into a vertical orientation on such systems.
While the gconf key /apps/panel/global/locked_down offers an option to lock down the panel completely, this also disables the context menu of the panel as well as most context menu driven options for the applets.
The attached patch fixes teh issue, an SRU for hardy would be desired, but due to teh policy that we dont change UI elements in the released version it will need some work to only provide a gconf key and not a menu option as well.

- click on an empty gnome-panel space and try to dnd it to an another screen border, it should be moved there
- search for disable_movement in gconf-editor and change the value corresponding to one of the gnome-panel being used or set the system default which should apply to new configurations
- try doing a dnd on a gnome-panel, it should not be moving when the option is set

Oliver Grawert (ogra) wrote :
Oliver Grawert (ogra) wrote :

here is a sanitized version of the patch against our 2.22.2 version that supresses any UI changes and adds the disable_movement gconf keys for the top and bottom panel by default

Changed in gnome-panel:
assignee: nobody → desktop-bugs
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: New → Fix Committed
assignee: nobody → desktop-bugs
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: New → Confirmed
description: updated
Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :
description: updated
Martin Pitt (pitti) wrote :

Accepted into -proposed, please test and give feedback here. Please see for documentation how to enable and use -proposed. Thank you in advance!

Changed in gnome-panel:
status: Confirmed → Fix Committed
Oliver Grawert (ogra) wrote :

works fine for me on the classmate pc as well as on my normal desktop

Martin Pitt (pitti) wrote :

Copied to hardy-updates.

Changed in gnome-panel:
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
Martin Pitt (pitti) wrote :

SRU not applied to Intrepid, please do that ASAP.

Changed in gnome-panel:
importance: Wishlist → High
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package gnome-panel - 1:2.23.6-0ubuntu1

gnome-panel (1:2.23.6-0ubuntu1) intrepid; urgency=low

  * New upstream version:
    - Fix assertion in multiscreen code
    - Use GtkMountOperation instead of custom code
    - Lots of code cleanup
    - Use GIO to open URI, including mounting volumes if required
    - Improve use of GIO to open recent documents, including startup
    - Do not show lock/logout/shutdown in the menus if those items are
      locked down
    - Fix cosmetic issue when opening the menu where launchers or applets
      got the focus drawn (lp: #18361)
    - Fix compilation on OS where MAXNAMLEN is not defined
    - Change behavior of struts for auto-hiding panels: the strut is live
      updated and matches what is shown of the panel. This means the size
      of a fullscreen window changes when the panel gets hidden/unhidden
    - Require GTK+ 2.13.1
    - Explicitly require gio-unix-2.0
    - Require libgweather 2.23.6
    Clock Applet
    - Use new GWeatherLocationEntry and GWeatherTimezoneMenu widgets to
      select location/timezone
  * debian/
    - updated libgtk and libgweather requirements
  * debian/patches/80_disable_movement_option.patch:
    - add a menu item to disable the posibility to dnd gnome-panels which can
      be confusing for users, thanks Vincent Untz (lp: #250862)

 -- Sebastien Bacher <email address hidden> Wed, 06 Aug 2008 17:25:46 +0200

Changed in gnome-panel:
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
Bill Filler (bfiller) wrote :

looks to be worthwhile to pull in version 1:2.23.6-0ubuntu1

Changed in netbook-remix:
assignee: nobody → mterry
importance: Undecided → Medium
milestone: none → rc1
status: New → In Progress
Michael Terry (mterry) on 2008-08-19
Changed in netbook-remix:
status: In Progress → Fix Committed
Bill Filler (bfiller) on 2008-08-29
Changed in netbook-remix:
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
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