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I use RHEL 6 as my regular operating system and for one of my user accounts I made one of the desktop panels as auto-hide and other as a fixed panel. I expected the hidden panel to appear above the fixed panel but was surprised to see a clash of both the panels in the same space (bottom). This has caused me to not get the session at all as the clash between the panels does not stop. However, if I could somhow use the terminal from another user account to change the properties of one of the desktop panels, it would solve the problem.

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What desktop environment are you using (Gnome, KDE, LXDE, …)? – Gilles Dec 24 '12 at 17:27
Hi Gilles, I use Gnome as my desktop environment. – Ravi Trivedi Dec 25 '12 at 1:25
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Do following

vim /home/<username>/.gconf/apps/panel/toplevels/bottom_panel/%gconf.xml


vim /home/<username>/.gconf/apps/panel/toplevels/top_panel/%gconf.xml

If you renamed your panel, change top_panel or bottom_panel accordingly.

Look for orientation section

<entry name="orientation" mtime="1356417211" type="string">

Change bottom to top, left or right.

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Thanks a lot John !! It worked !! :) – Ravi Trivedi Dec 25 '12 at 16:40

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