View Full Version : Save gnome-panel config

October 3rd, 2008, 07:33 AM
Is it possible to save the config file of gnome-panel?

I did not find any config file in ~/.gnome2/panel2.d apart from the default one.


October 3rd, 2008, 12:59 PM
no one knows if we can do this???

October 30th, 2008, 02:23 PM

That's what I'm looking for too. My icons get mixed up sometimes after a reboot and I wanted to check where the config is saved... But this should get saved automatically on gnome logout.

For me, "./panel2.d/default/launchers" contains a few launchers, that's all.

But I guess it's here:

Config would be stored in xml files. But there are a few of them:
$ find . | grep -i ".xml"

This one ./toplevels/panel_1/%gconf.xml seems to contain some properties about the 1st panel you have.


July 30th, 2010, 12:23 AM
In Ubuntu 10.04 the application launchers you add to the panel seem to be stored in the directory ~/.gnome2/panel2.d/default/launchers/ . So I suspect you could run tar and bzip2 on this directory to back it up, and quickly reproduce your panel configuration on a new installation by copying the files (with suffix "desktop") from that directory (though I have not actually tried this myself).

Mr. Picklesworth
July 30th, 2010, 12:25 AM
They're in gconf, under /apps/panel.

So, the directory you can back up is ~/.gconf/apps/panel.

March 16th, 2011, 01:58 AM
I made a script for this.
It has comments.
Send me a message if you need more clarity. (http://ubuntuforums.org/member.php?u=1006936)
This works as of 10.10.
Copy and paste the code below to a terminal.
To open a terminal window, hit ctrl+alt+T (I may have set this shortcut key myself in the Ubuntu preferences, can't remember so I hope it works for you.)

# saves gnome panel layout to home folder with today's date in the
# filename so you can just run this as a backup and it won't overwrite
# a previous backup

# to load one of these backups use the load argument like this:
# gconftool-2 –load ~/gconfpanelsbackup1299439417_SunMar06_2011_112337.x ml
# then make sure to restart gnome-panel to see changes, like this:
# killall gnome-panel
# you might need to restart gnome network monitor applet which dies after killall gnome-panel, like this:
# nm-applet &

# set the date format part of the filename
mycooldateformat=$(date +"%s_%a%b%d_%Y_%H%M%S")
# set the whole path
# backup to the whole path
gconftool-2 --dump /apps/panel > $myfilepath:guitar:

March 16th, 2011, 02:57 AM
This thread is 3 years old, if a spammer hadn't dug it up in 2010, and someone noticed it, it would still be peacefully sleeping. @loopduplicate, start a thread in the proper place, because this thread is closed.