[Pkg-xfce-devel] Bug#646981: xfce4-panel: panel loses settings

Ian Sullivan sullivan at softwarefreedom.org
Fri Oct 28 20:52:35 UTC 2011

Package: xfce4-panel
Version: 4.8.6-1

This behavior began after upgrading from 4.8.5-1 to 4.8.6-1.
The panel lost all settings.  I had originally two panels
with various widgets and locations.  The first time I
restarted after the upgrade, I was down to one panel,
floating near the top left of the screen, where no panel
had previously been located.  The second panel was gone,
all widgets and other settings were gone from the one
panel.  As far as I could tell, the original .xml for
the panel was fine.

Despite adding new items and reconfiguring the panel,
subsequent restarts result in the same single blank
panel.  I have tried copying the default settings
from /etc/xdg/xfce4/panel/default.xml to no avail.

I have also tried just removing the xfce4-panel.xml
file, removing the entire ~/.config/xfce4 directory,
and between all of these attempts, been deleting
my ~/.cache/sessions directory.

If I create a new user, everything seems to work
fine.  If I delete the new user's xfce4-panel.xml
and replace it with the default from /etc, I get
the default panel layout as expected.  If I do
the same thing with my user, I get a broken version
of the default file.  Copying that file to the
test user's ~/.config directory results in the
same single broken panel behavior for the test

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