4.6.1 desktop configuration problems

Mike Massonnet mmassonnet at gmail.com
Sat Apr 30 08:14:29 CEST 2011


2011/4/30 Todd And Margo Chester <toddandmargo at gmail.com>
> Problem.  Xfce 4.6.1 was a nightmare to configure.  When I
> went to the program menu to Firefox, all three mouse buttons
> started Firefox.  I was unable to drag Firefox to the desktop.
> Eventually, I just create a new launcher on the desktop for
> Firefox.  Had to create a new one for Libre Office too.
> (The right  button and center mouse buttons are working
> correctly elsewhere.)

Known issue, in Xfce 4.6 the applications menu doesn't provide right
click nor drag-n-drop functionnality.

> Then when I tried to drag the Firefox's and Libre Office's
> desktop icons over from the Desktop up to the quick
> launcher, again I was thwarted.

Same issue, the Xfce 4.6 panel doesn't accept drag-n-drop from so
called .desktop files.

> When I went into .conf and created my own launcher-xx.rc
> and modified the .xml file, I discovered that my changes
> were purged when I logged out.

You can stop the Panel (xfce4-panel --quit) make the modifications and
start the panel again (xfce4-panel).

> 1) Xfce can not be so awkward/unfinished that I have to drop
> to run level 3 every time I want to add or modify an item on
> the launcher?

I had recommend creating a new panel launcher item, and then configuring it.

> 2) Xfce can not be so awkward/unfinished that I have to create
> a new desktop item even when they are in the program pop ups?

You can try to drag-n-drop them from a Thunar window, by going to
/usr/share/applications for instance.

You can also try Xfce Appfinder (xfce4-appfinder) and try to
drag-n-drop from there.

> 3) And how the h--- do I add/modify things to the program pop up?

There is no such program in Xfce 4.6. It can be done by editing the
configuration file(s).


> I *must* be missing something.  Xfce 4.6.1 can not be this
> awkward/unfinished!
> Please someone correct me!  Did this get fixed in 4.8?

Yes :)

> Many thanks,
> -T

Kind Regards

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