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I can't find a way to remove weekday name from clock applet in gnome-shell, is it possible without editing the source?

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Two answers to your original question:

For Unity, choosing 'Ubuntu' at the login screen you can do it:

  1. Click on the time and select 'Time and date settings'
  2. Select the 'Clock' tab
  3. Un-check 'Weekday'

time settings

For Gnome 3, choosing 'Gnome' at the login screen you cannot do it:

The setting does not exist as the screenshot shows below.

gnome settings

Best bet may be a Gnome 3 extension, or a bug report.

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It looks like you are talking about old Unity that was based on GNOME 2.x. But gnome-shell is GNOME 3.x (and Unity from 11.10 is based on it) and there is no such settings unfortunately. – int_ua Feb 4 '12 at 11:57
You are partially correct, the Gnome 3 desktop does not have this setting. The current Unity desktop does still have this feature. I'll edit my answer to match your newly edited question. – Tom Brossman Feb 4 '12 at 13:25
Bug report it is. Thanks a lot :) – int_ua Feb 5 '12 at 3:38

If you're using GNOME 3.x then you can adjust clock setting using gnome-tweak-tool. However, you can take out the the date but not the day (i.e. Sat cannot be changed so far as I can tell)!

sudo apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool

You can also look in g-settings via a terminal:

gsettings list-keys
gsettings set show-date false
gsettings set show-date true

which gives only two options: show-date or show-seconds! Or you can open up the configuration editor, then open "org" - "shell" and you will see calendar and clock which you can change manually.

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I was just looking through the Gnome-shell calendar.js and don't see an easy fix! even if you play with the code you will have to manually change it everytime there is a GS update ! – bmbaker Feb 4 '12 at 14:37
Just what I feared. So we need a bugreport and a patch.. Thanks a lot! :) I hope I will try to find/make one tomorrow, but if someone will do it faster, do share a link :) – int_ua Feb 5 '12 at 3:33
Did you notice const CLOCK_FORMAT_KEY on line 18? Looks promising, but I'm writing from my phone, will check later. – int_ua Feb 5 '12 at 3:59
hmmm i will also take a look :-) – bmbaker Feb 5 '12 at 7:54
No, it's in the /usr/share/gnome-shell/js/ui/dateMenu.js _updateClockAndDate function. I will try to rewrite it. – int_ua Feb 9 '12 at 20:41
up vote 1 down vote accepted

I case you've missed it in comments, here are two patches:

Hide weekday

Custom format

However, they need a verification on the latest version of GNOME since I'm no longer using it.

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