Saturday, December 18, 2010

Disabling gnome-panel is a pain in the ass

If you use Gnome and a dock like Avant Window Navigator or Docky you may wish to get rid of the default gnome panel. As the title of this post suggests it can be a pain in the ass to figure out how to achieve this goal. If you search the web you will find several methods the stop gnome-panel from loading. For me the method that worked was to open gconf-editor and goto desktop-> gnome-> session-> required_components and blank out the panel option. The next step is to make gnome-panel non-executable; issue chmod -x /usr/bin/gnome-panel as root. One thing to keep in mind is that you need to make sure your dock is working because the next time you login the gnome-panel will be gone.

1 comment:

  1. Despite my best efforts, I never could find a dock that would satisfactorily behave the way I wanted it to with maximized windows while still providing hover/single-click access to multiple instances of an open program. AWN did come close.

    Regarding getting rid of the gnome panel: Don't worry. Gnome 3 is coming soon to a Distro near you to make it impossible again. :)