I just noticed that my totem video player doesn't have a sidebar with playlist anymore.

I didn't use totem for some time, so I am not sure which ubuntu upgrade was responsible for it, now I am using vivid.

Is there any way to get the sidebar back including the playlist?

If not, what were the reasons to remove the playlist sidebar?


apt-cache policy totem gives

  Installed: 3.14.3-0ubuntu0.1
  Candidate: 3.14.3-0ubuntu0.1
  Version table:
 *** 3.14.3-0ubuntu0.1 0
        500 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ vivid-updates/main amd64 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
     3.14.2-0ubuntu1 0
        500 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ vivid/main amd64 Packages
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    I'm wondering too. Without it, it's impossible to queue a bunch of files. I would like to add that such an essential feature has always been present in any player software for decades. Should I ask what's going on with crazy "modern" trends ? – Johan Boulé Jul 28 '15 at 20:50
  • Maybe the side bar thing is now a plugin? – Davide Aug 19 '15 at 16:14
  • ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2278673 Have you tried this ? – kenn Aug 19 '15 at 16:33
  • @kenn Thanks, but I don't want to use smplayer. The gesttings thing doesn't work. – student Aug 20 '15 at 6:02
  • Edit your question and add the output of apt-cache policy totem – A.B. Aug 24 '15 at 11:27

There is no sidebar anymore in Totem. There is only the overview, which you can see, if you start Totem, or use the arrow button in the upper left corner if you have started a video.

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You could add the menubar via

gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.xsettings overrides '{"Gtk/ShellShowsAppMenu":<0>}'


but not the sidebar.

Reset with

gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.xsettings overrides '{}'
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    Thanks. Do you have a reference to a changelog or a discussion between the totem developers of that, when and why the feature vanished from the code? – student Aug 26 '15 at 14:31
  • Currently the only answer that will handle the actual problem. +1@A.B – Ravan Aug 26 '15 at 14:44
  • @student sorry, no. Since GNOME 3.14 there is a fundamental redesign. Some people like it, some people not. There is a IRC on Freenode.net. where you can talk with the developers. wiki.gnome.org/Community/GettingInTouch/IRC – A.B. Aug 26 '15 at 16:02
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    A rather arrogant way to deal with the users, simply stop offering them a playlist. thanks for informing though. – humanityANDpeace Mar 13 '16 at 17:33
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    In 3.10.1 under 14.04 I used the sidebar extensively to display video properties of the currently running movie. This is the functionality I miss the most. Having to open a poorly sized properties window over the top of the current movie, blocking the action and then having to resize it to read the info adds insult to injury. Do you know of any plugin that would return that functionality or any alternative approach? – Elder Geek Jul 26 '16 at 17:02

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