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xfce4 panel issue (Solved)
« on: September 25, 2016, 08:38:56 am »
Note: This xfce4 panel issue is random and intermediate.

When I hover over either the 'mintupdate' or the 'nm-applet' and the icon disappears completely.
The only way I can get them back is by rebooting the system.
Is there a fix for this?

Note: Not sure if reverting back to the 'oldstyle menu' and removing the 'whisker menu' has anything to do with this.
Sometimes its ok for an entire session and sometimes not.

Cheers  :)
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xfce4 panel issue
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2016, 08:38:56 am »
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Re: xfce4 panel issue
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2016, 08:40:20 am »
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System:    Host: HP-Laptop Kernel: 4.4.0-38-generic i686 (32 bit) Desktop: N/A
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Re: xfce4 panel issue
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2016, 08:46:06 am »
Weird ???

Have you tried resetting the panel:
https://forum.peppermintos.com/index.php/topic,4079.msg40815.html#msg40815

then using these instructions to get the hierarchical menu:
https://forum.peppermintos.com/index.php/topic,3705.msg40415.html#msg40415
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Re: xfce4 panel issue
« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2016, 09:26:00 am »
Yes, had to do that at the beginning of last week due to my panel disappearing altogether, PITA to get it all back to how I had it but, fortunately I have a screenshot of my layout.
One thing I'm trying just now is changing system interface fonts via the Peppermint CP and Customize look and feel along with the font sizes.
Got a funny feeling it does not like certain sizes of fonts in relation to type of font. Is that possible?


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Re: xfce4 panel issue
« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2016, 10:40:59 am »
Got a funny feeling it does not like certain sizes of fonts in relation to type of font. Is that possible?

I don't know specifically how it relates to the Xfce4 panel, but yes, I've run across this in different situations.

In general, you're safest to go with mono fonts.  They work well in anything and everything.  Sometimes, in special situations, you'll need to add a mono font with certain symbols, but that's a rare occasion.

The other thing is, certain fonts don't scale well, e.g. there's a limit on how small they'll go. 

I had a problem with font sizes in Conky, for instance.  I needed a mono font that would scale really, really small, and nothing was available.  I ended up stripping them out of the Android SDK.  End of problem.   ;D

Anyway, yes, fonts can be very tricky ...

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Re: xfce4 panel issue
« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2016, 01:57:48 pm »
Thanks for your input VinDSL,
I have set font sizes to 9 across the system over the last hour or so using the ubuntu (standard) font and the xfce4 panel seems to be behaving itself.
Also on the appearance Tab within panel preferences set the background to 'None (use system style)'
as I had it on solid colour with reduced alpha which the panel didn't seem to like.
So it could be combination of the two or just one. I'll keep monitoring it..

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Re: xfce4 panel issue
« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2016, 02:04:28 pm »
Well it happened again this morning so, I thought what are the scalings of my monitor relative to background image sizes?
Just so happens, that when I checked these they were various sizes so I then rescaled all of them all to my monitor size (to save resources on rendering/scaling?)
It's been approx 3 hours now and the xfce panel hasn't even blinked, it's stable even after a couple of reboots.  8)
(I'll mark this as solved for now)

Cheers for the tip on the fonts VinDSL  ;)