Re: gnome 2 settings
On Tue, Oct 29, 2002 at 12:57:49PM -0500, Colin Walters wrote:
> Also, it would be nice if you could give us more information than "my
> carefully crafted settings blew up". I know you are a technical person,
> and you should know that vague statements like that don't help in
Yes, I know; me bad.
> Were panels in the wrong places? Did some applets not make the
> transition? Were your custom icons for Wanda the Fish not preserved? Etc.
As far as I could tell, _none_ of my settings were preserved, and I got all
the defaults (I suppose some were, but they weren't the visually obvious
I think much of this might be due the conversion script not finishing, so I'm
not sure whether it's worth going into tons of detail (but I'll try a bit
Off the top of my head:
* The panels I got bore no resemblance to what I had before; in particular,
before I had 3 corner panels of various sizes, in the NW, SE, and SW
corners, with launchers, applets, etc. Afterwards, I had just a top-edge
`menu panel' (don't want that), and a bottom-edge panel with just a
task-list and a `window nav' (don't know the name) applet.
I think some of the applets I used to use weren't included with gnome2,
so that might explain some things (and the gnome-applets [?] package
didn't get upgraded until the _next_ time I ran aptitude, for some
reason, though it didn't show up as broken or held the first time),
though not the launchers.
* My `gnome menu' customizations weren't preserved (before I had only
debian menus enabled, and all others turned off, with the debian menus
merged into the top-level). There doesn't seem to be a menu-editor
anymore, so I'm not sure how to get this one back...
* My background image wasn't preserved.
* None of my gnome-terminal settings seem to have been preserved (roughly:
colors, scroll-bar pos, menu-bar-hidden).
* Some `general' UI settings weren't preserved; the only one I remember
right now is that before I had `icons only' for task-bars, and afterwards
I had icons&text.
* At first it seemed to have tried to preserve my theme, but failed -- it
was really wierd, widgets seem to be randomly using either my old dark
theme or the default light-background theme. I tried to use the
control-center to change it, but that didn't appear to work; later I
realized this was because I had a `.gtkrc-2.0' file that pointed to my
old gnome1 theme (I needed this before for gnome-terminal, which was
updated to 2.0 before everything else), and that some things were using
that, and some things were using the default theme.
Deleting the file and using the control-center to change things
"properly" fixed this. [BTW, the desktop icon that's supposed to invoke
gnomecc didn't work, because there was no program called `gnomecc' --
* My start-up settings weren't preserved: before I _didn't_ run the
`desktop' program, but afterwards I got nautilus doing that; also before
I had an entry that ran `xrdb', which wasn't preserved.
Well, that's all that comes to mind right now; if I remember anything else
that seems important I'll send a followup.
BTW, the fonts look very nice in gnome2 (actually, that seems to be the main
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