New panel size

Diego Ongaro ongardie at
Fri Nov 9 22:30:18 UTC 2007

On 11/8/07, Radomir Dopieralski <xubuntu at> wrote:
> Thu, Nov 08, 2007 at 06:34:05PM +0100:
> This is a little complicated.
> First of all, the Tango icons (it's not a name of any particular icon set,
> but a standard, by the way) come in these sizes (taken from
> <>):
> * 16×16 (these are used in menus)
> * 22×22
> * 24×24 (these are generated from the 22×22 ones)
> * 32×32 (these are optional, not always available)
> * 48×48
> * scalable
> I think we should aim to use the 22×22 ones in the panels, but it's not
> that simple. The panel itself will add a border -- I think its size
> depends on the actual gtk theme being used.
> Then various panel plugins will add further margins and borders, depending
> on how the widgets are packed in the actual plugin, and also how the
> particular plugin handles the icon and text sizes.
> In particular, the clock plugins will not shrink below the default system
> font size, effectively making the panel size stay while (some of) the
> icons shrink.
> The 'quit/lock' plugin is a constant offender considering the panel size.
> The launcher, pager, systray, system and netwok monitor and clipman
> plugins seem to behave pretty well.
> Obviously the sane solution would be to patch the plugins to allow
> resizing of the panel no matter what icons and what system font size is
> used. Is it possible?

In trunk (upstream), the panel size is fixed, and plugins are forced
to deal with whatever size they are given. Based on that, I would
advise against putting much effort into solving the root of the
problem for 4.4, and instead find a reasonable compromise, until 4.6
is out.

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