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hey everyone for some reason my gnome-panel keeps crashing and restarting and keeps shifting windows that I have open up and down as they reaccomodate for the crashing/respwaning gnome-panel. Prior to this I had the indicator global menu applet enabled and I opened a java program(freemind) and then this problem started happening. If I go into the terminal and type sudo gnome-panel --replace a new top and bottom panel gets created but in the window list I can still see a "starting panel" program opening and closing constantly. Does anyone know how I cold fix this?

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closed as off topic by Marco Ceppi Feb 3 '12 at 0:52

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You should file a bug report. – João Pinto Nov 9 '10 at 8:26

You could try this, which will delete your panel settings and give you the defaults.

gconftool-2 --shutdown
rm -rf ~/.gconf/apps/panel
pkill gnome-panel

You don't want to run sudo gnome-panel --replace. That creates a panel as the root user (note the username in the panel is "root"), but your own panel is still continuing to crash in the background.

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You can give this commands a try to reset the panel to default values:

gconftool-2 --recursive-unset /apps/panel

pkill gnome-panel

Also, make sure that you (and not root) are still the owner of all files under $HOME/.gconf/apps/panel/ (which may occur after using sudo gnome-panel)

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