Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 494738
"Handle" for panel applets is invisible with any BlueCurve control theme
Last modified: 2014-06-09 11:43:46 EDT
Description of problem:
The "handle" for panel applets (i.e. the hashed area on the left of certain applets, used to drag the applets around the panel) is invisible when using any BlueCurve controls theme. (The Window Border and Icons settings are not relevant.)
While this appears to be a cosmetic issue, it's also a usability issue in that it's hard to know where the handle should be if one wants to move an applet around.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1) Select any theme that is _not_ BlueCurve (either globally or just under Theme Details->Controls).
2) Add the Window List and/or Notification Area applets to a panel.
3) Select a BlueCurve theme (either globally or just under Theme Details->Controls).
The applet handle seems to disappear. (It's still physically there but is not visually discernible from the panel background.)
The applet handle should change to the one used for BlueCurve.
The problem appears to be with libbluecurve.so (specifically with /usr/lib64/gtk-2.0/2.10.0/engines/libbluecurve.so).
This was not a problem with RHEL 4.2 using redhat-artwork-0.120.1-1.2E. It is a problem with RHEL 5.2 using redhat-artwork-5.1.0-26.el5 ... upgrading to redhat-artwork-5.1.0-28.el5 does not solve the issue as libbluecurve.so is identical in that package.
It should also be noted that the 32-bit version of libbluecurve.so (in /usr/lib rather than /usr/lib64) _may_ not have this issue... if I install the 32-bit version of libbluecurve.so into $HOME/.gtk-2.0/engines, the applet handles appear just fine. However, all other Gnome applications complain horribly because they are not compatible with the 32-bit library, so this is _not_ an appropriate workaround; I only mention it because it may help track down the problem.
Using any theme other than BlueCurve is a viable workaround, but not a good one since the BlueCurve theme is preferred (and is the default RedHat theme, too).
See screenshots in external bugs.
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This bug has a NEEDINFO flag set, for some reason. I guess my only reply is that this affects the usability of the panel since the "handles" are missing, so one has to guess where they would be. But, I understand RHEL5 is basically EOL at this point.