With Cinnamon 2.6 and two monitors stacked up vertically, I configure the panel (task bar?) to be at the top of the upper window. Now, when I shut down the laptop, disconnect the 2nd monitor, the top one, and reboot, I am left without the panel.

Is it possible to get the panel back in this situation, possibly some dconf-editor magic or other command line tweak?

  • This is nasty indeed. Should be reported as a bug imo.
    – donquixote
    Jun 16 '16 at 15:00
  • Do you think this is cinnamon special or rather gnomish.
    – Harald
    Jun 17 '16 at 6:09
  • Somewhere I was told the correct thing is to report things in the respective distro first (the one where the problem was observed), and they discuss what's next. E.g. Mint.
    – donquixote
    Jun 17 '16 at 17:34

After searching for all things related to panel with in dconf-editor I figured it out. Here is the command line with gsettings:

gsettings set org.cinnamon panels-enabled "['1:0:top']"

As far as I guess the syntax, the value means the following:

  • brackets denote a list, although I did not manage to enter more than one value
  • single quotes surround the value
  • the first 1 seems to be an ID or just a number of the panel, since adding a second panel puts a 2 in this position
  • the second digit was 1 before denoting the disconnected monitor, using 0 selected the laptop screen
  • top may also be bottom and defines where the panel ends up

For completeness, here is a small script that I run when the panel is either missing from the single screen or on the wrong screen when I connect the big monitor again. Works for me:

screens=$(xrandr | grep -c ' connected ')
echo "found $screens displays"

if [ "$screens" = 1 ]; then
  gsettings set org.cinnamon panels-enabled "['1:0:top']"
  gsettings set org.cinnamon panels-enabled "['1:1:top']"
  • 1
    If anyone else has the problem that this script removes the bottom panel, just add , '2:0:bottom' to the list. Like this: gsettings set org.cinnamon panels-enabled "['1:0:top', '2:0:bottom']". Apparently the space after the , is important.
    – arne.z
    Jun 12 '17 at 20:57

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