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How could I add an applet to the MATE panel from the Terminal using mateconftool-2. I'm specifically asking for DockBarX, but I'd like to add other applets as well (MATEnu, Notification area and Clock).

What I want to do is instead of manually right-clicking the panel, opening the Add to Panel window and selecting the applet, do this from the command line.

How can this be done with mateconftool-2?

Edit: I've found that it can be done with this /usr/lib/mate-panel/mate-panel-add however I don't know yet how I can add an applet with it.

This for example would add a gedit launcher to the panel:

/usr/lib/mate-panel/mate-panel-add --launcher=/usr/share/applications/gedit.desktop

I want to do that but instead of a launcher an applet.

/usr/lib/mate-panel/mate-panel-add --applet=  
  • Something like this but I don't know how to add the rest (in this case call the DockbarX applet).
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As MATE is a fork of GNOME2 and most of its components are simply the old GNOME2 with their names changed, I'm assuming mate-panel-add works the same as gnome-panel-add used to. You need to do something along the lines of:

/usr/lib/gnome-panel/mate-panel-add --applet=OAFIID:MATE_DockBarXApplet --panel=top_panel_screen0 --position=500

Where the value of --panel= is one of the panels found in mateconf found with something like:

mateconftool-2 --all-dirs /apps/panel/toplevels

The --applet identifier can be found in the /usr/lib/matecomponent/servers/ directory. In this particular case, in the MATE_DockBarXApplet.server file.

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Thanks for the help,I have a question though, for example how do I know what to put in the position= identifier? are those pixels? or is it something else? – Uri Herrera Dec 19 '12 at 4:02

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