[Pkg-xfce-devel] Bug#856309: xfce4-panel: "Welcome" prompt is misguided; default to a useful config

Jonathan Dowland jmtd at debian.org
Mon Feb 27 14:12:10 UTC 2017

Package: xfce4-panel
Version: 4.12.1-2
Severity: normal

Upon starting XFCE (really xfce4-panel) for the first time, You receive a
prompt like

    Welcome to the first start of the panel
    Choose below which setup you want for the first startup.
                      [Use default config] [One empty panel]

I believe this prompt is misguided. If you are the type of user who wants the
second option, a blank panel, you can quite easily get there from the default
one: either edit it in the UI tools and remove all the widgets (and panels)
that you won't want, or monkey with the settings files in the background.

If you aren't, there's a chance you are a novice user, or at least unfamiliar
with XFCE and its internals. Trying to get from the blank panel to a useful
one, or even the default, is very hard. (even figuring out which config files
to blast away and whether to do that in an open session or not is challenging).

Therefore for some users, selecting "one empty panel" is a dangerous thing to
do, leaving you with a mostly useless session and no easy way to get back to a
useful one.

This would be mitigated a bit if there was a "restore to defaults" option in
the panel configuration, but there isn't. The user is also being prompted by
(at least) ClipIt's "Save history" question so the initial session can be a bit

I think the prompt should simply be removed and the default config be used by

Jonathan Dowland

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