GNOME Panel-2.18.3

Introduction to GNOME Panel

The GNOME Panel package contains hooks to the menu sub-system and the applet sub-system.

Package Information

GNOME Panel Dependencies


GNOME Desktop-2.18.3, libwnck-2.18.3, and gnome-menus-2.18.3


Evolution Data Server-1.10.3 (required if you plan to install Evolution-2.10.3 or Ekiga-2.0.9), intltool-0.35.5, and GTK-Doc-1.8



The libxml2 Python module must have been built during the installation of libxml2 else the GNOME Panel build will fail.

User Notes:

Installation of GNOME Panel

Install GNOME Panel by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=$(pkg-config --variable=prefix ORBit-2.0) \
            --sysconfdir=/etc/gnome/2.18.3 \
            --localstatedir=/var/lib \
            --libexecdir=$(pkg-config \
                --variable=prefix ORBit-2.0)/lib/gnome-panel \
            --mandir=$(pkg-config \
                --variable=prefix ORBit-2.0)/share/man &&

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

--prefix=$(pkg-config --variable=prefix ORBit-2.0): Setting the prefix using this parameter instead of with $GNOME_PREFIX will ensure that the prefix is consistent with the installation environment and the package will be installed in the correct location.

--sysconfdir=/etc/gnome/2.18.3: This parameter causes the configuration files to be installed in /etc/gnome/2.18.3 instead of $GNOME_PREFIX/etc. Additionally (if applicable), the parameter ensures that the GConf-2 database is correctly updated.

--localstatedir=/var/lib: This parameter is used so that all ScrollKeeper files are installed in, and the ScrollKeeper database is properly updated in /var/lib/scrollkeeper instead of some files being installed in $GNOME_PREFIX/var/scrollkeeper.

--libexecdir=$(pkg-config --variable=prefix ORBit-2.0)/lib/gnome-panel: This parameter causes the libexec files to be installed in the preferred location of $GNOME_PREFIX/lib/gnome-panel instead of $GNOME_PREFIX/libexec.

--mandir=$(pkg-config --variable=prefix ORBit-2.0)/share/man: This parameter causes the man.(X) files to be installed in $GNOME_PREFIX/share/man/man(X) instead of $GNOME_PREFIX/man/man(X).

--enable-gtk-doc: Use this parameter if GTK-Doc is installed and you wish to rebuild the API documentation.


Installed Programs: gnome-desktop-item-edit, gnome-panel and panel-test-applets
Installed Library: libpanel-applet-2.{so,a}
Installed Directories: The following subdirectories of $GNOME_PREFIX/: include/panel-2.0, lib/gnome-panel, share/{gnome/{help/{too many to list}, panel}, gtk-doc/html/panel-applet, icons, idl/gnome-panel-2.0, omf/{too many too list}}

Short Descriptions


allow development of small applications (applets) which may be embedded in the panel.

Last updated on 2007-07-25 09:48:30 -0500