Bug 449976 - Can't remove NetworkManager applet per single user's panel via GUI
Can't remove NetworkManager applet per single user's panel via GUI
Status: CLOSED DUPLICATE of bug 429431
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: NetworkManager (Show other bugs)
All Linux
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Assigned To: Dan Williams
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2008-06-04 11:30 EDT by Raul Acevedo
Modified: 2009-02-14 16:30 EST (History)
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Description Raul Acevedo 2008-06-04 11:30:14 EDT
Description of problem:
NetworkManager-applet has somehow decided that it is so incredibly important
that no user would ever consider removing it from the panel.  So, there is no
"Remove from panel" option like there has been on every applet I have seen since
GNOME 0.30.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1.  Login with GNOME.
2.  Right click on NetworkManager applet
Actual results:
No "Remove from panel" option.

Expected results:
There should be a "Remove from panel" option.

Additional info:
I am on a workstation connected directly to the Internet.
Comment 1 Dan Williams 2008-07-02 22:05:36 EDT
You may 'rpm -e NetworkManager-gnome' if you like.  We just happen to install
the package by default, and it lives in the notification area just like Gnome
Power Manager does.  The way to remove it is to remove the package.
Comment 2 Andre Robatino 2008-07-03 04:02:34 EDT
But in Power Management Preferences, there is a choice "Never display an
icon"/"Always display an icon", for desktop users who don't need to see it. 
It's not necessary to remove a package there.  Not only that, but that allows it
to be an individual user preference, unlike the choice of whether a package is
Comment 3 Raul Acevedo 2008-07-08 14:44:49 EDT
No, the way to remove it is to right click on the applet and select "Remove From

Saying "remove the RPM" is silly and out of touch.  Why should this applet be
different from any other?
Comment 4 Paul W. Frields 2008-07-15 12:36:40 EDT
Wait a second, if this is a notification area applet -- which it is -- then you
can get rid of it on a per-user basis with the session config tool, just as with
every other notification area applet since GNOME <some_long_ago_version>.  Go to
System -> Preferences -> Personal -> Sessions, and clear the checkbox for
NetworkManager.  On your next login you will no longer see the applet.  This is
the same procedure used for many other notification area applets (which are
different from regular panel applets).
Comment 5 Andre Robatino 2008-07-15 13:10:08 EDT
I tried enabling the NetworkManager service, disabling the network service, and
checking the "Controlled by NetworkManager" box for eth0 in
system-config-network, unchecking the "Network Manager" box in
System/Preferences/Personal/Sessions as you suggested, and rebooting.  It
doesn't work, the applet is still there with no obvious way of getting rid of it
(except removing NetworkManager-gnome, which I prefer not to do).
Comment 6 Dan Williams 2008-07-15 13:39:59 EDT
The only way to remove the applet from the notification area is to remove
Comment 7 Andre Robatino 2008-07-15 15:14:40 EDT
Maybe the Summary of this bug should be changed to "Cannot get rid of
NetworkManager applet on per-user basis".
Comment 8 Raul Acevedo 2008-07-24 01:21:05 EDT
 > The only way to remove the applet from the notification area is to 
 > remove NetworkManager-gnome.

That is the bug: The way to remove applets is via the GUI interface, only for
the user that wants it removed from his/her panel, not by having to rpm -e the
package and remove it for all users!
Comment 9 Andre Robatino 2008-07-24 01:36:51 EDT
Please consider changing the bug summary to something along the lines of comment
#7 to indicate that the problem is specifically about removing the applet on a
per-user basis.  Also see bug #456046 which I suspect is related in that it also
concerns problems with the NetworkManager applet and multiple users.
Comment 10 Raul Acevedo 2008-07-24 01:46:14 EDT
I changed the summary.  I don't care so much about per user, though that's an
implication.  In my mind, the problem is that the applet can't be removed in the
same manner any other applet can be removed.  For this applet's behavior that
implies it affects other users, but I want to be sure that this doesn't get
"fixed" via some hack.

Point is, this applet ain't special.  It should be like any other applet in how
it is added or removed.
Comment 11 Andre Robatino 2008-07-24 02:02:49 EDT
I think "per user" and "same as other applets" are equivalent, since the way
other applets are removed is via ordinary user permissions, which means it can
only be allowed to affect the given ordinary user who does it.  (Removing the
NetworkManager-gnome package requires root and affects all users.)  But
describing it as "per user" more specifically describes the currently missing
functionality (which is worse than just funky behavior).
Comment 12 Raul Acevedo 2008-07-24 13:18:15 EDT
Ok, hopefully now I've captured both our thoughts.  :)
Comment 13 Andre Robatino 2008-12-19 04:46:29 EST
Please update the version to "10", since nothing's changed.
Comment 14 Dan Williams 2009-02-14 16:30:26 EST

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 429431 ***

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