Archive for the ‘gnome’ Tag

Enable Nautilus Toolbar, Statusbar and Sidebar with Tree view

I installed CentOS 5.6 and was a bit uncomfortable with the way the file browser Nautilus was behaving – I couldn’t find the Toolbar, Statusbar or the Sidebar/Sidepane with the folder tree that I have gotten used to over the years. Moreover every time I would double-click on a folder it would open it in a new window – my screen was simply getting cluttered. I tried to enable the Sidepane by pressing ‘F9″ but no luck. After quite a bit of looking around I managed to fix it.

Basically open gconf-editor i.e. press Alt+F2, enter gconf-editor and click on Run.

Run Application

Go to / -> apps -> nautilus -> preferences, select always_use_browser and enable the checkbox as shown below.

Configuration Editor

Now when you open Nautilus you can view the Toolbar, Status bar and the Sidebar with the tree.

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gnomesu dialog problem

For the last few days, I have been unable to invoke yast by clicking on the launcher icon . I soon realised that it held true for every applet that required root access for execution. Earlier, when I used to click on these launchers, the username/password window/dialog box would appear and if the user entered the correct password, the applet window ( yast2 in this case) would appear.

I’ve been too occupied with work offlate to look into this aberration. I stopped using the launchers and would directly invoke the applet from the terminal:


root@lnx:~ # yast2 &

Today I decided to look into the matter and found out that the cause of the problem was the username/password window/dialog box applet. I did some search online to find out its package name. The dialog applet is gnomesu and is part of the libgnomesu package. I tried invoking gnomesu from the terminal but got the following output:


root@lnx:~ # gnomesu

** (gnomesu:6922): CRITICAL **: No services for libgnomesu are available.

I decided to re-install/update libgnomesu to see if the problem still persists. I invoked yast2 from the command line and updated libgnomesu. Once installed, gnomesu worked fine. Now I’m able to invoke application requiring root access by clicking on the launcher icons.