View Full Version : [ubuntu] Upgrade problems 9.10 to 10.04: Gnome panel missing, cannot shutdown, ureadahead

May 3rd, 2010, 07:31 PM
Hi all,

Fairly new user, Ubuntu is lovely, but had a few problems after the 9.10 to 10.04 upgrade that I haven't been able to solve through reading the forums. There are 3 stubborn problems: 1) no gnome-panel bars, 2) does not shutdown cleanly, 3) init: ureadahead error on startup.

Please could anyone help with some suggestions? Many thanks.

So, the upgrade went flawlessly, seemed to reboot fine. Apart from this problem:
There are no gnome panel bars. The top and bottom panel bars are missing, they are no more, they have ceased to be, they have shuffled off this mortal coil, they are an ex-panel.
I'd not altered the 9.10 gnome panels from their default look from the 9.10 installation. Strangely gnome-panel is often (but not always) running, and maximizing an application leaves the spaces allocated for the bars as if the bars were there.

If anyone can help me (what logs do I need to post, how do I find/create the relevant logs etc.) that would be really really appreciated.

I can eventually recover the panel menus, but I have to do recover the panel menus after every reboot.

The bigger problem is that the system rarely shuts-down properly; it gets stuck showing the ubuntu logo & purple background >10mins. If I press and hold the power button of the computer then the computer turns off, but the keyboard flashes the cap lock and scroll lock indicators on and off every second >10mins - a mini disco.

On startup briefly this message is displayed:
init: ureadahead main process 242 or 231 or 241 terminated with status 5
Many thanks for any suggestions, cheers,


What I've tried so far (some of these methods seem to have helped other people):

Alt-F2 (sometimes works if the gnome-panel is running, sometimes not) ... then if the run application box pops up typing:
gnome-panel --replace
Also typing the following three lines into a terminal window works (until the next reboot):
gconftool-2 --shutdown
rm -rf ~/.gconf/apps/panel
pkill gnome-panel
I've also tried adding either of these two lines to the startup-applications, but this doesn't work (although it seems to have worked for other people):
gnome-panel --replace
I've manually run the update manger after the upgrade & after several reboots several times, but that hasn't helped.

Final note: To any newbie like me with a similar problem: Assign a keyboard shortcut (System menu->Preferences->Keyboard Shortcuts->Run a terminal) to bring up the terminal. This always gets at least a terminal window running, even if Alt+F2 doesn't work.

May 3rd, 2010, 07:45 PM
all about ureadahead

May 3rd, 2010, 08:09 PM
Many thanks grandtoubab for the info on ureadahead. I've got status 5, which turns out to be an error while tracing.

According to keybuk (the developer for ureadahead) I should add "console output" to /etc/init/ureadahead.conf and try again. I should get a message on the console, which I'll post in the ureadahead thread and see if it is related to the panels & shutdown problems.

Thanks again.

May 6th, 2010, 07:29 PM
Update: Shutdown now working OK, but gnome panels still broken.

After the last set of updates now the shutdown problem seems to be fixed.

My gnome panels are still broken. After every boot I've got to type gnome-panel into the terminal to get them working. Please, has anyone got any ideas to fix this?

May 13th, 2010, 11:58 AM
Update: Shutdown now working OK, but gnome panels still broken.

After the last set of updates now the shutdown problem seems to be fixed.

My gnome panels are still broken. After every boot I've got to type gnome-panel into the terminal to get them working. Please, has anyone got any ideas to fix this?

I have basically the same problem. GDM loads fine, I can log in but if I choose Gnome it just hangs and I can't click anything on the screen. I switched to another tty and gnome-panel's taking 99-100% cpu.

Right now, the only way I can do anything is to choose 'kde' as the session which actually doesnt start much either, but runs my apps set to start automatically so i can run gnome-terminal and metacity and get a working desktop.

I'll update this thread if I get it working, but let me know what you find out! :D

May 22nd, 2010, 02:45 AM
I have upgrade to lucid linx ubuntu and after that I get missing gnome panels also (top and bottom). It is random, and I could not figure out what triggers this problem. Is there a solution to this? I will be very gratefull for any help.

May 22nd, 2010, 02:49 AM
Fix your screen, but you will lose customizations....you can always re-do the customizations.


press CTL-H to expose the hidden files and folders.

Find the folder "gconfd" and delete or rename it.

Log out then log back in.

Your screen should now be "out of the box" like it would be when you first installed.

That is the easy way. If you want to try to fix it, just let us know

May 22nd, 2010, 07:26 PM
I also have the same problem. No panels, neither the top nor the bottom. Alt-F2, run gnome-panel --replace, temporarily brings the panels back, but log out, log in again, the panels are missing again.

jflaker, your method did not work for me. After re-login, the panels are still missing.


May 24th, 2010, 01:26 AM
Fix your screen, but you will lose customizations....you can always re-do the customizations.


press CTL-H to expose the hidden files and folders.

Find the folder "gconfd" and delete or rename it.

Log out then log back in.

Your screen should now be "out of the box" like it would be when you first installed.

That is the easy way. If you want to try to fix it, just let us know

Thank you for your suggestion. Unfortunately, it did not work. I have noticed that the folder "gconfd"is recreated by the system just before I logoff. And I was not able to get a new screen when I log in again.
I have more information on the missing panel problem. When the panel is missing (which seems to be a random problem), I cannot work and I have to logoff with Crt-Alt-Del. Then I receive a message that there is a program running (guess which one): panel.
I have a few applets running on my panel, and one of them is used twice (meteorological information, for two different locations). I have noticed that after removing one of them, I did not get missing panel for about 10 sessions now.

What would be the other suggestion you mentioned besides deleting gconfd?

Thanks again!

June 7th, 2010, 12:00 AM
the same problem here!
no panel, commands works just for the moment but after reboot, the same problem again and again, no panels

HELP please!

June 7th, 2010, 12:28 AM
Same problem here. No panels (or desktop icons) at boot. Alt+F2 then killall gnome-panel brings them up until the next reboot.

This is really annoying.

Nvidia drivers in use, CRT and TVout active.

June 9th, 2010, 07:02 PM
Sorry for updating this thread with the progress of the problem sooner - I've got some workarounds that might be helpful. Nevertheless, I've not been using Ubuntu for a while due to this problem; At least Win XP doesn't crash on shutdown (forcing a lengthy disk check), and XP also starts correctly!

The problems remain with missing panels and scroll-lock & num-lock lights blinking incessantly on Lucid shutdown. I just have to work around them. Some things that work for me:

1) Turn on the login screen, and logon to KDE rather than Gnome.
2) If you want to shutdown from Gnome without the computer crashing, first logout, then shutdown from the login screen.
3) To start the Gnome panels from a blank desktop ...
it helps if you have first (before the problem occurs, or as soon as the panels are working) assigned a keyboard shortcut to launch a terminal window, (preferences, Keyboard Shortcuts, Desktop, Run a Terminal, example: WindowsKey+R) ...
then, whenever you login and you have no panels, you can start the terminal with the keyboard shortcut and type the command: gnome-panel. (or press arrow up until you get to the previous gnome-panel that you typed.)
4) Always have a backup operating system handy if you are using Ubuntu. Puppy-Linux is good, as is Windows XP :-)

I have Intel 82815 graphics on the motherboard. Does Ubuntu recognise it? No! Does Ubuntu recognise my monitor? No! Does PuppyLinux or WinXP recognise my monitor (IIyama) & graphics card? Yes! Do I have problems in Ubuntu with anything that uses OpenGL? Yes!

Shame, because Ubuntu could be a good operating system if it just could recognise some bog standard graphics cards.

I am nigh-on completely out of patience with Lucid. I'm logging on from time to time in the hope that an update will fix this problem. Otherwise... Ubuntu has ceased to be my main operating system. It has ceased to be. It has shuffled of this mortal stack. It is an ex-operating system. Windows, ah bliss (can't believe I said that)!

July 16th, 2010, 10:30 AM

I have 10.04 on 3 PCs. To keep gnome-panel alive I need to keep a fresh clone of all my homes and restore my profiles every 2-3 days on average, and keep spare VIRGIN sudoer profiles to log into to do the cloning and restoring.

It seemed to be related to crashing w/o logging out the affected user. (CRASHING = ending up with a BLACK screen, w/o a functioning UI, be it graphic or CL. Hadn't had a Linux crash in 2 years - nor an XP crash in maybe 3).

Today one of the virgin profiles failed, first no panels, then no panels and DIFFERENT DT BACKGROUND COLOR, and the PC hadn't even crashed with that user still logged on.

And this on a LTS release.

4) Always have a backup operating system handy if you are using Ubuntu.

I want to cry.

Been trying Linux since 1999, used regularly since 2001, exclusively for some 2-3 yrs (during which I didn't have to contend with the vagaries of Linux on a laptop).

If in 2010 XP is STILL more usable. STILL more reliable, STILL less prone to regression breakage, STILL less likely to waste our time, does then insisting with using and promoting Linux mean that the value we attach to an unlimited amount of our time is *nil*?

July 16th, 2010, 03:52 PM
If in 2010 XP is STILL more usable. STILL more reliable, STILL less prone to regression breakage, STILL less likely to waste our time, does then insisting with using and promoting Linux mean that the value we attach to an unlimited amount of our time is *nil*?

STILL less likely to waste our time...?
Well, for me, with XP, I had to re-format my entire hard disk every 4 months - a waste of time...? Even if I took all the efforts to "maintain" my system with the *best software available for complete system maintenance - I still lost lots of valuable time... endless defrags, maintenance software routines, virus scans, firewall issues, malware scans, searching + downloading these *many applications... testing them (trials) and paying for some... I'm wasting lots of my time... visiting forums and trying to solve several "bugs" for each application... a waste of time...? waiting and waiting and waiting after developers to fix all these issues... a waste of time...! wow, XP was wreaking havoc in my life! - and I am no beginner with computers... I've only mentioned a little "bit" of the endless headaches with XP and I wasted so much time already... if I would include all other *major annoyances with XP, I would also be wasting my time...

NOW that I have Ubuntu on my system... life is beautiful...! No re-formats, no hassles, no problems... for the past year, I have had such a wonderful experience on my computer enjoying the stability I didn't have with XP. In fact, I will never go back to the complicated mess with the Windows OS...

Ubuntu is the best! - now I can manage my time wisely... what a differance this has made in my life...

July 16th, 2010, 05:34 PM
STILL less likely to waste our time...?
Well, for me, with XP, I had to re-format my entire hard disk every 4 months - a waste of time...?

Am I just unlucky? Or too lucky on the other side?

My laptop is 4 y.o. and I'm still on my horrid original XP install.

SMART says it's been running 7000 hours.

120+ applications installed (and that's just currently). Full of FLOSS. Nipped, uninstalled, or disabled as much MS code as I could.

Yet, meanwhile, I wore through (in Distrowatch popularity order):
4 Ubuntu
2 Mint
2 openSUSE
2 PCLinuxOS
2 Debian
1 Lubuntu
1 Kubuntu
1 Dreamlinux
2 sidux
1 Xubuntu
3 Scientific

Note that there are different releases I installed, configured to the extent that the respective communities deemed possible (or beyond in many cases), loaded with data and tried to use on the desktop.

I am not counting the multiple installs on several machines, nor things I just tried on for a few days, or ran off CD or used before 2006, or used only as fileservers / darknet nodes/ P2P or CLI-only "desktop".

That would include Zenwalk, Knoppix, Puppy, SRCD, tomsrtbt, NetBSD, OpenBSD, PC-BSD, Desktop-BSD, Libranet, Mandrake, Demolinux, Mondo/Mindi, and several more additional releases of the initial list.

I'm a quintessential faithful CLI dog. A couple of months back I was on another Super-Userfriendly Distro IRC. I saw some l33t-wannabes parroting "use the CLI" on a task adequately served by GUI. I objected, that if they wanted to sound leet, instead of loitering around a supposedly super-userfriendly distro, they might as well ssh into NetBSD - as used to do from my very 1st javaphone with a 1" screen, to cut on googling charges by connecting via a remote text browser in freakin' Texas instead of using the phone's built-in w3 doodads. Guess the response.

I K-Y'ed Linux down many an unenthusiastic throat, got several lusers to stick with it for up to 3 years, wrote install howtos for really bad machines, contributed here and there, held hands on IRC, spoke up in many public occasions.

After 10 years I feel once again stuck with nonsense such as

a desktop environment on a STABLE, LONG TERM SUPPORT DISTRO, QUITE POSSIBLY THE BEST EVER, failing in an embarrassingly regressive way
ever more members of the community polluting the search engine's caches and indexes with the kind of uninformed advice I would never dare to offer were I so palpably ignorant.

Oh, but we do have compiz!

This feels like bankruptcy.

July 16th, 2010, 07:53 PM
Wow - you sure went through a lot...!
About XP though, I guess you're lucky...
I'm sure it has run well for some... no doubt.
But then again, if a couple things went wrong with the upgrade process,
in a sense, it's normally considered as somewhat "common" - even with various
Windows platforms...
so no matter OS you want to talk about, they all show some problems...
there is nothing perfect out there...
we just need to find the appropriate solutions...
Ubuntu is a step in the right direction for me.

July 17th, 2010, 11:54 AM
OK, I have a hopefully constructive update.

I can reliably reproduce
the disappearance of the panels
and in 2 different ways.

1) Just USE the account.

adduser username
Login, panels are there. Logout. Login again. Panels gone.

On 1st login, the user's home gets filled with the standard Gnome profile files.

Those Gnome files may be originally generated with a wrong configuration.

2) Don't even use the account, back up and restore the homedir.

adduser user username
cp -avx /home/username /backup-path/username
rm -rf /home/username
cp -avx /backup-path/username /home/username

In this case, /home/username should be a straight copy of the original freshly generated /home/username WITHOUT any Gnome-added material. So a login SHOULD result in a full, fresh Gnome with the panels as on a 1st login.

Yet, even on the 1st login, panels gone.

The only conceivable difference is in file system metadata.
This is germane to an account losing the panels after a crash / power failure, as that too may impede disk flushing and syncing of metadata.
A metadata change also happens during a successful login with panels.
It stands to reason that there's an issue with something that reads filesystem metadata and based on that determines that panels are not to start.

The weird thing is, my so far little-used but older personal account is fine. It has survived several login-logout cycles and even one instance of power failure without proper logout.

Mine was a fresh and well behaved install, not an upgrade. The issue may have come down through the UPDATE stream in the last several days, which would affect upgrades too, not from the UPGRADE process itself.

ASK ME QUESTIIONS! I wouldn't know what to ask...

July 17th, 2010, 04:00 PM
I also have gnome panels missing from a new clean install of 10.04.
I posted about it a while ago:
it is strange, as I found, and still find on this particular machine:
'This machine is dual boot ubuntu for tests and also runs another Ubuntu 10.04 which was version upgraded from 9.10, and this 10.04 works perfectly.'

as in the linked thread
using a virtual terminal
ctrl and alt and F1
to do
pkill gnome-panel
then ctrl alt F7
to revert to gui again
works to restore th epanels, but thi sis a machine ot b ehanded on to a newcomer and it is unusable for that purpose with this malfunction.

any comments most welcomed

July 21st, 2010, 01:24 PM
Add this to your collection of software...

download this nice little application that either restores your default panels (top and bottom) or restores saved panels that you personally customized. You might have to re-boot your computer to see the results.

The application is called PanelRestore
It's tiny (787 bytes). Simply follow the instructions on the webpage - it's easy to use...

July 22nd, 2010, 10:50 PM
Thanks for the link, but I get a page not found error.

My panels still do not appear on boot up, I have to launch them from a terminal window using the gnome-panel command.

If I don't log off before shutting down, then the shutdown crashes. Oh, and after a recent update I cannot logoff or shutdown if I'm running the KDE shell.

None of the 5 or 6 (maybe more - I've lost count) of the gnome updates have fixed the problem. I still want to use Ubuntu as my main operating system (so I can recommend it truthfully to my friends) - but at the moment I cannot recommend it because most computer users do not like a operating system that loses the user interface at the drop of a hat.

Ho hum. Still having to use XP, but would love to use Ubuntu for most things. Never had to reformat XP on my home computer for 6 years, or 2000, or 98, had to reformat once in 95, and never with 3.1 or 3.0. Had to reformat every couple of years with MS-DOS 3, but that was because the RLL 10MB hard drive had to be reformatted every so often. Ah, the days when 640K of RAM was "enough for any conceivable application" (to quote from the IBM manual, which I foolishly gave away along with the machine).

This dual-boot XP install barely gets slower with age, and I've never been unable to fix a problem within a week with XP.

Waiting for three things from Ubuntu:
1) The panels start automatically when I start Ubuntu
2) I can shutdown Ubuntu without it crashing
3) My 82815 Intel graphics card is recognised by Ubuntu

So every fortnight or so I download the latest updates with my fingers crossed.

July 22nd, 2010, 11:04 PM
Try this link:

July 22nd, 2010, 11:11 PM
Thanks Spamhog for working out a way of reproducing the problem. Hopefully someone will read what you've written and have a blinding flash of inspiration as to what is going on.

For me, to restore the panels I no longer need to start a virtual terminal using ctrl+alt+f1 (thanks Candtalan for the clear summary) , instead:

1) Get the panels working (try some of the methods mentioned previously in this thread)
2) Assign a shortcut key to launch a terminal (e.g. WindowsKey+R)
3) Check the shortcut key works
4) Now every time Ubuntu starts and it has forgotten to load the panels, press your shortcut key
5) In the terminal window type gnome-panel
6) Panels are restored for the session
7) On restarts: If you've not typed many commands into the terminal, then pressing the up arrow in the terminal window might be the quickest way of typing the gnome-panel command.

(By the way, in case there are any newcomers reading the thread, the way to get back to the GUI from the virtual terminal is to press ctrl+alt+f7)

July 22nd, 2010, 11:27 PM
Thank Doublewitt for reposting the link, the link now works, but the problem remains.

Downloaded the file, ran it, chose to the restore default panels, panels were removed, shutdown & rebooted machine, no panels on start-up.

Same problem as before, no panels. Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.

July 22nd, 2010, 11:37 PM
I wonder if the best thing to do - in your case - is to make a clean fresh new format & install of Ubuntu... that might help to clear up those issues...

July 22nd, 2010, 11:48 PM
In my case the last resort will be a clean reinstall - especially because people are having this problem with a clean install.

Gut feeling is that if only Ubuntu would recognise my bog standard graphics card on my bog standard IBM machine (not IBM compatible, this is a really bog standard IBM ancient Pentium III Netvista) then all would be well.

Going to try few more things, dug these up on another forum:
and it s also referenced here:

July 22nd, 2010, 11:56 PM
Even though you made a fresh install in the beginning, sometimes, things go wrong during the OS setup process. And so, if that's the case, then a new "install" can be done to correct it. This sort of thing happened to me several times with Windows as well. Anyways, good luck on your research... hope everything works out...

July 23rd, 2010, 12:20 AM
This command seems to have helped people experiencing the same panel problems if they have a certain Matrox graphics cards:

sudo aptitude remove compiz compiz-core

Unfortunately, it didn't work for me. But it doesn't seem to have caused any problems either.

And if all else fails I'll do a clean reinstall, but first I'll exhaust a few more months of trial and error and updates.

Thanks Doublewitt for your support and the "hope everything works out." Yes, you're right, Windows upgrades also can suffer from problems too - and I've had to use the repair option on the Win XP installation CD a few times on friends' & work's computers. Given the vast numbers of hardware & software & history permutations its unsurprising that these problems arise for all operating systems.

July 27th, 2010, 07:41 PM
Now I can shutdown!

The latest load of updates have solved my shutdown problem. Ubuntu now shuts down correctly for me.

Many thanks to the person who wrote whichever update did the trick!

Keeping my fingers crossed that a solution to the panel problem comes along soon.

July 29th, 2010, 02:10 AM
Now I can shutdown!

good news...!

August 8th, 2010, 08:21 AM
Fixed up an old hp machine for my fiancee's parents.
Panels went missing. Clean install.

Made a launcher that sits on the desktop with the gnome-panel command. This can be double clicked after login. Easy for the parents.

Then the volume disappeared from the panel and I had to make keyboard shortcuts. Not so easy for the parents to remember the keys.

Also noticed that sometimes auto login works, sometimes it goes to the login prompt, and sometimes can't start X at all. I wondered if it was the i810 intel onboard video. I have tried finding a pattern, restarting vs shutting down, the results seem random. Gnome sometimes would not start with the install disk either.

Updated 8-6-10 and froze on shutdown. Had to hold power button.

Unpredictable results in starting a desktop has put me off upgrading my own machine.

Other than this, I like what I have seen of 10.04.

August 10th, 2010, 01:47 AM
I had a similar problem of missing panels after upgrading from 9.10 to 10.04.

I tried many of the suggestions I found on many forums without success.

Then, I remembered receiving an error message during the update process about my graphics card driver, so I went in System/Administration/Hardware drivers and I disabled my nvidia driver.

After a reboot, my panels were back.

Maybe you have a similar problem with your graphics card driver, even though it's not the same card (mine is a 3d prophet II MX).

August 10th, 2010, 02:52 AM
god, i've had it, i've been using Linux for years, since I was a teen, and all thought that time you keep telling yourself its a progressive and collaborative process. but people. I give the F up. I have more problems now than when I installed Ubuntu the first time years ago and I cant even remember how many "upgrades" have passed since then. (and its not just Ubuntu) the term if it ain't broke dont fix it never seems to have crossed anyones mind. this is absurd. im sorry. I have to go do grownup things with a computer that works now. 10.04 you are the straw that broke the camels back.

good luck guys, see ya in excel someday.

August 26th, 2010, 06:55 AM
I too am experiencing this. About 80% of startups for me there is no panel. The desktop applet which does killall gnome-panel works fine for me. I've not been able to identify a specific bug for this on launchpad, has it been reported?

Dell Inspiron 1720, nvidia graphics, 64 bit Ubuntu Lucid

October 7th, 2010, 06:55 AM
Hi everyone, Im fairly new posting on this forum, but my personal experience in Ubuntu Linux is great (well not all days are great days, but you can learn a lot about it).

I have been trough the same situation with the Gnome-Panel :confused: application and everithing started when I tried to customize the look and feel of my Gnome-Panel, after a couple of mods trough GCONF-EDITOR. I noticed that the panel (both top and bottom) where missing, or when I opened Pidgin or any other application the panel just desappeared, after some days I tried any possible solution checking other forums, but no luck.

What I tried so far, is to download Compiz from the Ubuntu Software Center.

1) System > Ubuntu Software Center
2) In the search box type: Compiz and install it
3) Then restart the computer
4) Then go to System > Appearence (where you change the themes and background image) > select the Visual Effects tab and select EXTRA or NORMAL (depending on your computer hardware)

The main idea here is to switch from the metacity window manager to Compiz, beacuse so far my GNOME-PANELS are working normally in around 25 sessions and they are still there. Im still testing this, but I hope this helps to you, beacuse I know that is not easy interact with the OS without our beloved panels.

October 18th, 2010, 09:31 PM
I too have been having this problem. Sometimes I log in the gnome panels are there, at other times they are not.

I found a way to jury rig the screen to get the gnome panel every time.

First, change the background theme to high contrast. This brings the gnome panels back for me.

Next, add a new panel to the top and add the applications you want to the new panel.

Change the background theme to the desired theme.

Now whenever I log in I will either have one or both panels at the top of the screen.

November 7th, 2010, 04:22 AM
OK, this is the exact problem I'm having.
Sony PCG-FX150
Intel 815 chipset
PIII 750
The panels are almost always missing at login. The computer freezes at shutdown with numlock and scrolllock lights flashing. My internal display is not recognized as 1024x768. killall gnome-panel brings up the panels. Oh, and I usually don't hear the login sound. Has anyone found a solution yet?


November 7th, 2010, 06:35 PM
I found a solution to the missing panels. Just change the theme to Clearlooks or one of the others. I'm using Ambiance Orthodox from http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/Ambiance+Orthodox?content=122914 . It looks like the Lucid default theme but has the min, max and close buttons on the right. The panels come up every time.


November 17th, 2010, 04:58 PM
No problems with missing panels here.
But sometimes my panels, which I have on left and right, suddenly appear in the middle of the screen !
After a few seconds it's back to normal again.

Also, the window list (I have it on the right) sometimes gets really confused and look like it's having a fit when I open a window, or a window opens itself.
This also sometimes occured with 9.04 (I skipped 9.10), but it recoveres by itself more easily whereas with 9.04 I had to kill Gnome Panel...
I don't understand why with vertical panels the window list is not just rotated, so you can still read the texts.
I can only see icons.

I recently added a narrow auto-hiding panel on top for my applications.
This has been behaving really strange at times, ending up in the middle of the screen or yoyo-ing like crazy.

And I hate the new "all in one" notification area. You can no longer dwell over the icons there to have info or click for the window to appear instantly.

Sometimes I wish I had stuck with 9.04 with the cosy brown / orange looks.

February 17th, 2011, 04:13 AM
Hi all,

New ubuntu user here.

Panel woes.

I've tried twice to orient a horizontal panel on the bottom of the desktop and to set it as unexpanded, but on restart it appears at the top, and if I open panel properties and select "Bottom" in the orientation dropdown, it just doesn't comply and sticks with "Top". I have to hold Alt and select the panel with the mouse, then drag it to the bottom.

Notably, if I set the panel to be expanded, I can modify the Right-Click-on-panel>properties>general>orientation to "Bottom". Also, if I leave it on this setting, the panel appears properly at the bottom when I restart.

But... I don't want to leave it expanded.

July 30th, 2011, 08:16 PM
Removing compiz and compiz-core (and their dependent packages) worked for me. Thanks!

January 18th, 2012, 07:44 PM
I filed this bug report with gnome-panel in Bugzilla: https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=668202

January 19th, 2012, 12:53 AM
I'm closing this thread; not only is it old, but unfortunately as the developer says there will be no bug fixes for older gnome-panel bugs.