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Modifying the panel is not allowed Because the panel

Postby Brian.Small on Sun Jan 06, 2013 7:14 pm

Mint 14 xfce 64bit - on Acer Aspire 5152 (laptop)

I don't know how I did it, but I can't change my panel items. I can't add panels or modify them.

When I open:

Applications Menu > Settings > Panel

I get a warning panel which gives me no options

[ ! Warning
Modifying the panel is not allowed

! Becuse thepanel is running in kiosk mode,
you are not allowed to make changes to the
panel configuration as a regular user

X Close ]

I have allowed myself to login as root, but with no change
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Re: Modifying the panel is not allowed Because the panel

Postby xenopeek on Sun Jan 06, 2013 7:32 pm

Seems like you have done something to enable kiosk mode? http://wiki.xfce.org/howto/kiosk_mode
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Re: Modifying the panel is not allowed Because the panel

Postby Brian.Small on Sun Jan 06, 2013 7:52 pm

Thank you for your reply.

I've done a whole lot of googling, and had found that page. Unfortunately, I don't know what to "do" with that information.

It is nothing like anything I did, that is, I was not doing anything (the reverse of which) that information hints at. So, I am unaware of having done anything which would have put the system in kiosk mode, I was simply trying to reconfigure the "task bar" by way of the panel applet.

As I was doing so, at one point, all icons moved "to the left" .. such that the time and network connections info (and so on) was no longer on the right of the bar. I'm sorry, I didn't keep track of the steps I took or the results which I observed.

This is my first "run" at linux. I've 30 years with Microsoft products, but zip with linux, my history isn't helping me understand the steps I need to take. Do you know where can I find how to use the information provided in the link you gave me?
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Re: Modifying the panel is not allowed Because the panel

Postby xenopeek on Mon Jan 07, 2013 5:51 am

I'm not sure either. Suggest you open a terminal, and run the following command.
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file /etc/xdg/xfce4/kiosk

If you get the message "/etc/xdg/xfce4/kiosk: directory" then you are most likely in kiosk mode. Run the following command to clear the kiosk mode. This will ask for your password, so provide it and note that you won't get any feedback on the screen as you type your password. Afterwards, log out and log in again should hopefully solve it.
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sudo rm -rf /etc/xdg/xfce4/kiosk

If instead of the above message you got "/etc/xdg/xfce4/kiosk: ERROR: cannot open `/etc/xdg/xfce4/kiosk' (No such file or directory)", then it is something else. Please then run the following command and share the output here (you can copy text to/from the terminal, see its Edit menu).
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grep -i locked /etc/xdg/xfce4/xfconf/xfce-perchannel-xml/*
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Re: Modifying the panel is not allowed Because the panel

Postby JerryG on Thu May 30, 2013 9:15 am

I am having the same problem, I get the ERROR below. When I use the grep command I get nothing found. I am also running amd64. I have tried running aranda to enable two monitors & wonder if this may be involved. I only recently installed mint, having used ubuntu for years and never exxperienced this problem before. Mate works just fine but I would prefer xfce if the darned thing will work.

If instead of the above message you got "/etc/xdg/xfce4/kiosk: ERROR: cannot open `/etc/xdg/xfce4/kiosk' (No such file or directory)", then it is something else. Please then run the following command and share the output here (you can copy text to/from the terminal, see its Edit menu).

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grep -i locked /etc/xdg/xfce4/xfconf/xfce-perchannel-xml/*
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Re: Modifying the panel is not allowed Because the panel

Postby f0olyc0oly on Wed Aug 14, 2013 4:22 am

for me I want to know how you did it. I want to disable the modifying of the panel but i'm not using the xcfe so the guide that I'm seeing doesn't apply. i'm usng lxpanel.
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