I have another strange issue with the GNOME Panel. Images (that I am using as backgrounds) instead of scaling vertically, are actually repeating vertically, leaving me with a really weird effect:

Horizontal Line example 1

Horizontal Line example 2

Notice the horizontal line straight through the middle of the panel, this is the edge at which the pattern repeats. I'm using SVG images for the background, so scaling shouldn't be an issue.

Is there a way to specify "scale" and not "repeat" for vertical layout? This whole thing is brought on by having a panel size not in keeping with the defaults, and I need the extra panel size because of the icon set I'm using.

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    Why not scale the background image itself? Sep 16, 2011 at 6:32
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    its not possible to stretch image itself.
    – Sam
    Apr 30, 2012 at 10:14

1 Answer 1


I was able to reproduce this issue under Debian Squeeze versions 6.0.2 and 6.0.3, which I chose because they were released on 25 June and 8 October in 2011 respectively. Judging by other questions of the same author from that time, it could be Debian. GNOME version is 2.30.2.

After some trials and exploring with gconftool-2, I found that the settings to stretch the background images of the panels were disabled by default under Debian. To enable vertical stretching for the bottom panel:

gconftool-2 --type bool --set /apps/panel/toplevels/bottom_panel_screen0/background/stretch true

This works for background images chosen manually. I checked SVG and PNG.

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