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    HOW TO: Display more than 5 bookmarks in gnome-panel "Places" menu

    Derived from:
    http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/14381/
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=733808

    1) Open Terminal

    2a) Install apt-build
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install apt-build
    2b) Configure apt-build:
    • Optimization level: Medium
    • Add apt-build repository to sources.list: Yes
    • Architecture: <SELECT YOUR ARCHITECTURE>


    3) Install files required to build gnome-panel from source and download the source
    Code:
    sudo apt-get build-dep gnome-panel
    sudo apt-build source gnome-panel
    4) Navigate to the downloaded gnome-panel source folder and open the menu items file
    Code:
    cd /var/cache/apt-build/build/gnome-panel-*
    sudo gedit gnome-panel/panel-menu-items.c
    5) Set the the maximum number of bookmarks to display before placing them in the Bookmarks submenu

    Find the line:
    PHP Code:
    if (g_slist_length (add_bookmarks) <= MAX_ITEMS_OR_SUBMENU) { 
    and replace it with:
    PHP Code:
    if (g_slist_length (add_bookmarks) <= 20) { 
    Save the file.

    6) Install the modified gnome-panel and restart it
    Code:
    sudo ./configure
    sudo make
    sudo make install
    killall gnome-panel
    Before and after pics:
    Last edited by w0ng; March 16th, 2009 at 12:35 PM.
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    Re: HOW TO: Display more than 5 bookmarks in gnome-panel "Places" menu

    Instead of changing
    Code:
     if (g_slist_length (add_bookmarks) <= MAX_ITEMS_OR_SUBMENU) {
    you could change
    Code:
    #define MAX_ITEMS_OR_SUBMENU 5
    to whatever you want. That way, it would work with volumes, too. Personally, I think this should reside in a configuration file, so one doesn't have to edit the source and recompile to fix such a trivial issue. But that's just me.
    Last edited by schnauzer93; March 10th, 2009 at 11:31 PM.

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    Re: HOW TO: Display more than 5 bookmarks in gnome-panel "Places" menu

    Both works fine but i prefer changing MAX_ITEMS_OR_SUBMENU

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    Re: HOW TO: Display more than 5 bookmarks in gnome-panel "Places" menu

    If Network Places and Removeable Media aren't a concern, changing MAX_ITEMS_OR_SUBMENU is the way to go.
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    Re: HOW TO: Display more than 5 bookmarks in gnome-panel "Places" menu

    Thank you so much for this.
    The five item limit is so annoying. And the last time i tried to compile from source the whole system went wrong.
    It seemed like I installed the originale gnome-panel instead of Ubuntu's edit.
    Guess it had something to do with the .dsc anf .diff.gz files, but i never figured it out then.
    So I was surprised your guide not included these files in any way, but it seemed thorough, so I followed the guide, and it works just fine!

    Thanks

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    Re: HOW TO: Display more than 5 bookmarks in gnome-panel "Places" menu

    Thanks. I wasn't sure on the archetecture. I know the Q6600 is AMD64 and that didn't appear as an option, so I chose the amd10 (or whatever is was) and it worked.

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    Re: HOW TO: Display more than 5 bookmarks in gnome-panel "Places" menu

    If I'd do this, would I lose all customizations made to my panels, like applets (and their settings), custom icons, etc? Or would everything just stay the way it is now, with the larger number of bookmarks and volumes the only change noticable?

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    Re: HOW TO: Display more than 5 bookmarks in gnome-panel "Places" menu

    If I'd do this, would I lose all customizations made to my panels, like applets (and their settings), custom icons, etc?
    I think you should be ok there, posted a bit more in the nautilus thread

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    Re: HOW TO: Display more than 5 bookmarks in gnome-panel "Places" menu

    I followed the instructions from the startpost with the difference that I changed the line in the third step from this:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get build-dep gnome-panel
    to this:
    Code:
    sudo aptitude build-dep gnome-panel
    ... because I would get an error, dependency problems, if I didn't.

    That was all I had to change from the instructions, which worked nicely.

    I also noticed my launchers and applets and everything is just the way it was, with the exception of more bookmarks and devices visible underneath eachother. Yay!

    Conclusion:
    1) it works
    2) the configuration of the gnome-panel is completely kept and reused

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    Re: HOW TO: Display more than 5 bookmarks in gnome-panel "Places" menu

    sudo ./configure
    sudo make
    moooep!

    OUCH!
    You shouldn't, you really shound NOT build packages as root. Most probably you'll run into segmentation faults, wondering why, cause a Seg Fault only tells you it just seg faulted.

    Regressions based upon these commands are very likely.

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