I'm using Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and like to put my searches directly into the Search entry in my Whisker Menu on Xfce4, but there's a limit of using only 14 characters in the search.

Is there a workaround or a configuration for this?

  • Please edit and add the output of lsb_release -d in a code block ({} button). – dessert Aug 23 '17 at 18:15

There's a commit to the source code dating to 2015-12-27 whose description reads:

Fix limited input length for search actions. (bug #12381)

I suppose the bug was solved by this commit, so you just need to update to a newer version to get rid of it, see here for the versions provided by the different Ubuntu releases. You can try to install a newer version of xfce4-whiskermenu-plugin directly, however this may throw errors or don't work like expected – the best solution would be to just update your whole system to (at least) the current LTS 16.04.


It turns out Ubuntu 16.04 has v1.5.1 of xfce4-whiskermenu-plugin, but the bug was fixed only in v1.5.2. I see two (practicable) alternatives for you:

  1. Update your whole system to 16.10 and then 17.04
  2. Try to update the package manually.

Even though I normally highly recommend staying with the package sources, in this particular case I advise you to update just the package to v1.5.2. You could also try the up-to-date version, but keeping the changes little makes it more likely to not throw errors.

tl;dr: Download v1.5.2.tar.gz and install it following these instructions, but do not use sudo make install, but sudo checkinstall instead. You might have to install checkinstall first using sudo apt install checkinstall.

  • Strange i'm already using LTS 16.04 i don't know why this is not fixed in my installation, do you know if there's a way for me to update the entry myself in the source file, i can't file the panel-plugin/query.h file to make the changes. – Lingchi Aug 23 '17 at 20:21
  • That's not strange at all, see my edit above. – dessert Aug 23 '17 at 20:54
  • Sorry i was not updated when i typed the message, i gonna try your fix , at least now i know the cause, thanks a lot. – Lingchi Aug 23 '17 at 21:44

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