some questions

Jasper Huijsmans jasper at
Mon Nov 3 18:38:15 CET 2003

On Mon, 3 Nov 2003 17:39:26 +0100
Joost Kremers <joostkremers at> wrote:

> i installed XFce4 a few days ago, and i'm really impressed with it. i
> have
> two questions and a remark, though.
> as to the remark: the web page says that apart from using startxfce4,
> you
> can create a ~/.xinitrc with 'exec xfce4-panel' as the last line.
> note,
> however, that this construction means that the panel cannot be
> restarted
> with 'killall -USR1 xfce4-panel' (e.g. to load a newly installed
> plug-in)
> because the exec statement causes xinitrc and therefore X to be
> stopped
> when xfce4-panel stops.

It doesn't stop, it destroyes and recreates teh widgets and rereads the

> (i'm using ~/.xinitrc because startxfce4 seems to cause emacs to
> segfault. that's probably a font issue that i'm not going to
> investigate,
> unless someone here would like me to.)
> as to my questions, i'm not sure if i should post them here or on the
> users
> list. my apologies if they are off-topic here.
> 1. is it possible to create an aqua-like theme for the user interface
>    (i.e. not for the window decorations, which already come with an
>    aqua-theme.) i tried using a theme for gtk (from,
>    but i
>    found that the XFce themes apparently do not allow you to specify
>    images
>    for widgets, which the gtk themes do allow. when i select a gtk
>    theme
>    from the list box in the user interface theme selector, the colours
>    of
>    the windows change, but the widgets do not. (i tried this with the
>    AquaX, AquaGraphite and AquaLightBlue themes from

This surely is an installation issue. Xfce simply specifies the gtk
theme. Make sure the theme can find its own images.

> 2. is it possible to add an icon to the panel and remove it again from
>    within a (bash) script? i would like to add an icon to the panel
>    for
>    each device that i have mounted, and by clicking that icon it
>    should
>    unmount the device. right now, i have unmount options in the panel
>    menu
>    associated with the xffm button, but i'd like to do it the other
>    way. (mmm, i guess i could always try my hand at writing a panel
>    plugin
>    to do this...)

You can't change panel contents from a script.


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