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Is it possible to upgrade seperate LXDE components?

Postby Lupitario » Sat Apr 25, 2015 6:26 am

For example, I am running Lubuntu 14.04 and let's say I want to compile and install the latest LXpanel without changing the other components. Is that possible to do without breaking the system? If I do the panel upgrade will it keep my current panel settings? Thank you in advance.

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Re: Is it possible to upgrade seperate LXDE components?

Postby Rex Bouwense » Sat Apr 25, 2015 6:40 pm

Welcome to the LXDE forum. I found a site that explains how to install the latest lxpanel version http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/blfs/vi ... panel.html. I am still researching the effects.

It looks that there are some additional dependencies but not really that many. As you know LXDE was created with semi-independent applications that use as few resources as possible. There is a LXDE core to which lxpanel belongs.
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Re: Is it possible to upgrade seperate LXDE components?

Postby Lupitario » Wed Apr 29, 2015 9:55 am

Rex Bouwense wrote:Welcome to the LXDE forum. I found a site that explains how to install the latest lxpanel version http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/blfs/vi ... panel.html. I am still researching the effects.

It looks that there are some additional dependencies but not really that many. As you know LXDE was created with semi-independent applications that use as few resources as possible. There is a LXDE core to which lxpanel belongs.

Hi, thank you for responding.
I compiled the panel according to that site and I installed some extra packages (libfm-gtk-dev, libwnck1.0-cil-dev) for it to install. The installation worked on Lubuntu 14.04 so i have the lxpanel 0.8.0.
It even saved my configuration. However one small issue: The default menu which I use to open applications (the bottom left one) has disappeared and the Shutdown key on the right as well. Instead there is this plus sign and it makes me choose an application. Did I miss something? Is the menu a different application that i should have installed? Also i can't find any similar plugins on panel preferences.
Thank you
Edit: Tried this fix but didn't work http://wiki.lxde.org/en/LXPanel#Fix_empty_menu_in_LXPanel (I replaced lxpanel -p LXDE with lxpanel -p Lubuntu on my system).

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Re: Is it possible to upgrade seperate LXDE components?

Postby Rex Bouwense » Wed Apr 29, 2015 4:19 pm

OK. Second problem first. Shutdown button is gone. See here
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Lubun ... _add_it.3F

First problem. Does your Panel Applets tab of the Panel Preferences look similar to this?
2015-04-29-093022_1024x600_scrot.png
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Specifically, is there a menu entry?
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Re: Is it possible to upgrade seperate LXDE components?

Postby Lupitario » Thu Apr 30, 2015 4:20 am

Rex Bouwense wrote:OK. Second problem first. Shutdown button is gone. See here
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Lubun ... _add_it.3F

First problem. Does your Panel Applets tab of the Panel Preferences look similar to this?
2015-04-29-093022_1024x600_scrot.png

Specifically, is there a menu entry?

No there isn't. And I also can't choose it from the Add menu. Also the wnckpager isn't there. But there is a cool weather applet and also the panel looks and feels way better than before. Did I miss something on the installation?

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Re: Is it possible to upgrade seperate LXDE components?

Postby drooly » Thu Apr 30, 2015 8:40 pm

Lupitario wrote:I am running Lubuntu 14.04 and let's say I want to compile and install the latest LXpanel without changing the other components. Is that possible to do without breaking the system?
short answer: no.
long answer: you might get lucky, but you're more likely to run into problems with shared libraries (your new lxpanel will require a different version from what's avilable for your system) and general compatibility with the rest of your desktop environment.
If I do the panel upgrade will it keep my current panel settings?

it might, it might not. better to make a backup of the config files before upgrading.


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