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I removed all of my gnome-panel's in favor of the Avant Window Manager for a number of reasons, and would really like to not have to have a gnome-panel still just being hidden.

Is there a command to launch the Alt+F2 window without having a gnome-panel active? I'd like to add an icon to my dock that launches that window, or a window that let's me run a command like that one.

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Do you mean Avant Window Navigator? – Roger Pate Oct 23 '10 at 4:20
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No, the Alt+F2 window is a dialog within gnome-panel, so you can't really launch it standalone.

I highly suggest using gnome-do Install gnome-do instead though.

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Runs a lot better on my netbook than I expected it would. I'm oddly lagging less with AWM and Gnome-Do than I was without them. >.> – ThePhysician Oct 22 '10 at 19:59
I've been using AWN plus GNOME Do for several months now — works great. – Roger Pate Oct 23 '10 at 4:24

To supplement Ken's great answer, I would add that the openbox window manager includes the gnome-panel-control program that allows you to call up the GNOME Run Dialog. You could install openbox without using the window manager and use the following command:

gnome-panel-control --run-dialog
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an alternative to gnome-do is kupfer -

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According to here: there are a number of simple run dialogue programs: gmrun, Alawalk, Bashrun and Lauf. Lauf is apparently good.

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Although not a launcher, you can install guake. Its a drop-down terminal, much like the consoles in FPS games where you entered cheat codes.

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