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I don't run gnome-panel normally. Most menubars work correctly. However, with wxMaxima and Audacity, they are not showing. When I start gnome-panel and add an appmenu, I can see the menus again.

Without panel:

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With panel:

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I get no relevant errors when I run from a terminal.

Why does this happen and what could I do to fix it? Against which package would I file this if this is a bug?

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For what it's worth, I also do not run gnome-panel (/desktop/gnome/session/required_components/panel in GConf is avant-window-navigator) and wxMaxima's menu bar is displayed between its title bar and toolbar. – ændrük Jan 27 '11 at 19:21
My /desktop/gnome/session/required_components/panel is also avant-window-navigator. – dv3500ea Jan 27 '11 at 19:24
If you've experimented with the application menu in the past, this answer might point you in the right direction. – ændrük Jan 27 '11 at 19:27
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I have now reported this as a bug.

The work around is to edit ~/.bashrc by opening your home folder, pressing Ctrl+H and double clicking the file '.bashrc' to open it in the text editor. Add the following line to the file:


That only works for launching the program using the terminal. To fix the menu items, use the method outlined in the answer to Is it possible to make indicator-appmenu ignore a specific application?.

I eventually got it to work by creating a bash script to run the program with UBUNTU_MENUPROXY=0.


and then editing the command in the application launcher to:

bash /path/to/bash/script
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I think env UBUNTU_MENUPROXY=0 /path/to/executable should also work and looks a little cleaner. – ændrük Jan 27 '11 at 22:24

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