I am using cinnamon 2.2.16-1, awesome 3.5.5-1 and awesome-cinnamon from the Arch Linux AUR. The awesome-cinnamon package basically just creates the .desktop and .session files to load cinnamon with awesome wm as the window manager. This is almost perfect for me, but I would like to experiment with using the cinnamon panel in addition to or instead of the awesome wibox, because the cinnamon panel has attractive icons for the audio, wifi and power controls.

I can't seem to find any way to start the cinnamon panel. I am left thinking that the cinnamon panel must be part of cinnamon's window manager. It seems from googling that there used to be a program gnome-panel and cinnamon-panel, but these don't seem to exist anymore. Does anyone know of a way to get this working?

cat /usr/share/xsessions/awesome-cinnamon.desktop:

[Desktop Entry]
Name=Awesome Cinnamon
Comment=Dynamic window manager
Exec=cinnamon-session-cinnamon --session=awesome

cat /usr/share/cinnamon-session/sessions/awesome.session:

[Cinnamon Session]
Name=Awesome session

$ cinnamon-TabTab:

cinnamon-desktop-editor           cinnamon-screensaver-lock-dialog
cinnamon-extension-tool           cinnamon-session
cinnamon-json-makepot             cinnamon-session-cinnamon
cinnamon-launcher                 cinnamon-session-cinnamon2d
cinnamon-looking-glass            cinnamon-session-properties
cinnamon-menu-editor              cinnamon-session-quit
cinnamon-screensaver              cinnamon-settings
cinnamon-screensaver-command      cinnamon-settings-users
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    The PKGBUILD, is about 8 months old, the latest upstream change as well. I think you're better of asking on github or leave feedback at the AUR page.
    – Sebastian
    Sep 13, 2014 at 22:35
  • It's really not clear to me if this is a bug or a normal consequence of using awesome as a window manager. Does the cinnamon panel not show up because the AUR package is behind or is that the normal behavior of switching WM's?
    – JKav77
    Sep 14, 2014 at 0:32
  • The pkgbuild lists cinnamon as a dependency. It could have changed in the meanwhile
    – Sebastian
    Sep 14, 2014 at 7:19
  • @JKav77 have you been able to solve this issue?
    – andreas-h
    Feb 14, 2017 at 17:50

1 Answer 1


Short answer: I don't think that is possible.

As discussed here the cinnamon panel is now a plugin for the muffin window manager, which is what cinnamon uses as its window manager (the program called cinnamon launched by cinnamon_launcher). Therefore it is not possible to use the cinnamon panel with a different window manager.

I was able to run the mate-panel panel with a different window manager (I use fvwm) and the rest of the cinnamon environment. But probably most of what people think of as cinnamon is tied to the cinnamon window manager (aka muffin).

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