Hide Menu setting is not being respected in GNOME Shell

Bug #869326 reported by Greg Grossmeier on 2011-10-06
This bug affects 7 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
gnome-terminal (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

In GNOME Shell I set my gnome-terminal windows to not show me the Menu Bar (mostly due to it hijacking my alt+letter presses that I want sent via ssh).

It works the first time in the current window, but once I open a new gnome-terminal the menu bar shows up again. However, the setting is still set to not display the menu bar (there is no checkmark next to View -> Show Menubar. Because of that, I have to click it on, and then click it off to get it to actually go away.
ApportVersion: 1.23-0ubuntu2
Architecture: amd64
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 11.10
EcryptfsInUse: Yes
Package: gnome-terminal 3.0.1-0ubuntu3
PackageArchitecture: amd64
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.0.0-12.19-generic 3.0.4
Tags: oneiric
Uname: Linux 3.0.0-12-generic x86_64
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)
UserGroups: adm admin cdrom dialout lpadmin plugdev sambashare

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tags: added: apport-collected oneiric
description: updated

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Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in gnome-terminal (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Reuben Thomas (rrt) wrote :

As a workaround, you can use gconf-editor to unset the gconf key /apps/gnome-terminal/global/use_mnemonics. This disables the menu shortcuts (only in gnome-terminal) so you don't have to turn off the menu with two clicks in order to be able to use Alt+key in the terminal.

However, I agree this is an annoying bug: having the menu present wastes screen space, or, if you get rid of it, time.

Dave (dav666666) wrote :

I had the exact same problem and the workaround I found which works perfectly is to uninstall the global menu functionality in Unity as it is that option that causes gnome-terminal to display a menu even if it is asked not to.
To uninstall unity's global menu: sudo apt-get remove appmenu-gtk3 appmenu-gtk appmenu-qt
I don't know if it is required to currently use Unity for changes to apply correctly, but I re-logged my account on unity to execute the above command then returned to gnome shell and it was fixed.

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