New panel size

Jelle de Jong jelledejong at
Sat Nov 10 10:28:15 UTC 2007

Diego Ongaro wrote:
> 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.

I totally agree with this, I will go even further, There should not be
made any changes in XFCE, except some basic artwork, All changes must be
made upstream. Communicate with the developers and work with them.

Best regards,


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