Hiding backup files in Thunar

  • September 5, 2011
  • Pasi Lallinaho

There was one feature in the new Thunar with GIO (since Xubuntu 11.04 Natty) that I didn’t like. It was stubbornly showing backup files (*~). I asked the Thunar developer Jannis Pohlmann today if there is a solution/workaround for that, and there definitely is!

Close Thunar, add the line MiscShowBackup=FALSE at the end of your ~/.config/Thunar/thunarrc and launch Thunar again and you’re not seeing the backup files anymore. What a relief. Thanks Jannis!

On a sidenote, I’ve finally started making decent, serious backups of my (Open Source) work. The rsync-based script works better than I could have ever imagined. Thanks go to Marko for that.

How to fix broken Xubuntu Natty panels?

  • April 4, 2011
  • Pasi Lallinaho

Since many people have had problems with the Xubuntu Natty panels due to bug #747137 (which is fixed now), we thought it would be nice to tell how to fix the panels. Here goes:

  1. Log out from Xfce
  2. Open a TTY (eg. press Ctrl+Alt+F1)
  3. Log in in the TTY
  4. Run ‘rm -rf $HOME/.config/xfce4/xfconf/xfce-perchannel-xml/xfce4-panel.xml’
  5. Log out from the TTH (‘logout’ should do the trick)
  6. Get back to TTY7 (Ctrl+Alt+F7) or if that doesn’t work, TTY8 (Ctrl+Alt+F8)
  7. Log in and your panels should be now fixed and have the default settings

Note that this problem with the panels only appears on systems already running Natty, new installs shouldn’t be affected.

Xfce 4.8 released

  • January 17, 2011
  • Pasi Lallinaho

As the Xfce team announced yesterday, Xfce 4.8 is released.

Congratulations and thanks to all contributors. I hope Xfce will have a bright future. The Xfce team has also created a new website theme for Xfce.org, which is also definitely an improvement. They are still having problems because of the small core developer team. It’s a good time to start contributing now.

Xfce 4.8 will also be in the next Xubuntu release, Natty Narwhal. Lionel Le Folgoc has been and is doing fabulous work to get it in. Thanks to him too. There is also places open in the Xubuntu team. Go fill them.