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    icon, menu and wallpaper issues - 14.04 compiz flashback

    Hi, I'm using 14.04 64-bit, and have a few general desktop environment-type quirks in flashback-compiz that I'd like to sort out if I can. Red numbers in the picture relate to the issues below.



    1. Gaps between shortcut icons. In 12.04 these all sat right up against eah other - how do I get these to sit closer together?

    2. Icons aren't showing properly in the menus - you will see from the image that many icons, particularly in the Applications drop-down are just grey rectangles. How do I get these to display properly? - solved by installing a new icon set.

    3. The menu has a ton of links that I don't need, and is missing some that I do (Wine, in particular). I've tried editing this using the Main Menu tool in System Tools -> Preferences, and while my changes seem to get saved, it doesn't change anything in the menu I see.

    4. Not strictly a glitch, but I'm using Wally as a wallpaper changer. Each time the background changes, it briefly shows one of the default Ubuntu backgrounds. How can I stop this? When I go to System Tools -> Preferences -> Appearance, it only shows whichever wallpaper Wally has selected.
    Last edited by odhoenator; April 21st, 2014 at 02:03 PM.

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    Re: icon, menu and wallpaper issues - 14.04 compiz flashback

    The grey icons show up when an item was installed previously but is now not installed. Perhaps you upgraded and they are old versions. Try writing down the grey ones and installing those apps from synaptic.

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    Re: icon, menu and wallpaper issues - 14.04 compiz flashback

    Quote Originally Posted by cmcanulty View Post
    The grey icons show up when an item was installed previously but is now not installed. Perhaps you upgraded and they are old versions. Try writing down the grey ones and installing those apps from synaptic.
    Heya, I tried changing icon sets, and that seems to have worked - looks like certain icon sets are just borked for me. I've installed one that I like and it's working. Thanks!

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    Re: icon, menu and wallpaper issues - 14.04 compiz flashback

    Regarding number 3 I encountered a similar problem using flashback w/metacity during Trusty dev:

    https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...l/+bug/1267787

    After that was fixed (somewhat fixed) a new bug cropped up:

    https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...l/+bug/1305348

    But that should be fixed if you have the current versions of these packages:

    Code:
    lance@lance-desktop:~$ apt-cache policy gnome-panel
    gnome-panel:
      Installed: 1:3.8.0-1ubuntu11
      Candidate: 1:3.8.0-1ubuntu11
      Version table:
     *** 1:3.8.0-1ubuntu11 0
            500 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty/universe i386 Packages
            100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
    lance@lance-desktop:~$ apt-cache policy alacarte
    alacarte:
      Installed: 3.10.0-1ubuntu2
      Candidate: 3.10.0-1ubuntu2
      Version table:
     *** 3.10.0-1ubuntu2 0
            500 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty/universe i386 Packages
            100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
    lance@lance-desktop:~$ apt-cache policy gnome-menus
    gnome-menus:
      Installed: 3.10.1-0ubuntu2
      Candidate: 3.10.1-0ubuntu2
      Version table:
     *** 3.10.1-0ubuntu2 0
            500 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty/main i386 Packages
            100 /var/lib/dpkg/status

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    Re: icon, menu and wallpaper issues - 14.04 compiz flashback

    Quote Originally Posted by kansasnoob View Post
    Regarding number 3 I encountered a similar problem using flashback w/metacity during Trusty dev:

    https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...l/+bug/1267787

    After that was fixed (somewhat fixed) a new bug cropped up:

    https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...l/+bug/1305348

    But that should be fixed if you have the current versions of these packages:

    Code:
    lance@lance-desktop:~$ apt-cache policy gnome-panel
    gnome-panel:
      Installed: 1:3.8.0-1ubuntu11
      Candidate: 1:3.8.0-1ubuntu11
      Version table:
     *** 1:3.8.0-1ubuntu11 0
            500 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty/universe i386 Packages
            100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
    lance@lance-desktop:~$ apt-cache policy alacarte
    alacarte:
      Installed: 3.10.0-1ubuntu2
      Candidate: 3.10.0-1ubuntu2
      Version table:
     *** 3.10.0-1ubuntu2 0
            500 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty/universe i386 Packages
            100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
    lance@lance-desktop:~$ apt-cache policy gnome-menus
    gnome-menus:
      Installed: 3.10.1-0ubuntu2
      Candidate: 3.10.1-0ubuntu2
      Version table:
     *** 3.10.1-0ubuntu2 0
            500 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty/main i386 Packages
            100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
    Thanks for replying kansasnoob. I had a look through your first link, but the only fix I could see mentioned was to use alacarte. I've used that (after updating/reinstalling gnome-menus, gnome-panel and alacarte), but that doesn't have any effect. Alacarte has saved my menu configuration, as all the right things are already checked and unchecked when I run it - it just doesn't look anything like the menu I actually have.

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    Re: icon, menu and wallpaper issues - 14.04 compiz flashback

    Sorry I wasn't very clear in my first post

    Please post the output of the following commands:

    Code:
    apt-cache policy gnome-panel
    Code:
    apt-cache policy alacarte
    Code:
    apt-cache policy gnome-menus

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    Re: icon, menu and wallpaper issues - 14.04 compiz flashback

    Thank you kansas!

    apt-cache policy gnome-panel:

    Code:
    gnome-panel:
      Installed: 1:3.8.0-1ubuntu12
      Candidate: 1:3.8.0-1ubuntu12
      Version table:
     *** 1:3.8.0-1ubuntu12 0
            500 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty-updates/universe amd64 Packages
            100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
         1:3.8.0-1ubuntu11 0
            500 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty/universe amd64 Packages
    apt-cache policy alacarte:

    Code:
    alacarte:
      Installed: 3.10.0-1ubuntu2
      Candidate: 3.10.0-1ubuntu2
      Version table:
     *** 3.10.0-1ubuntu2 0
            500 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty/universe amd64 Packages
            100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
    apt-cache policy gnome-menus:

    Code:
    gnome-menus:
      Installed: 3.10.1-0ubuntu2
      Candidate: 3.10.1-0ubuntu2
      Version table:
     *** 3.10.1-0ubuntu2 0
            500 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty/main amd64 Packages
            100 /var/lib/dpkg/status

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