Hoping my question is not regarded as silly, I would like to know how, if possible, I can attach the xeyes utility to the task bar. I do not simply want an icon on the task bar for launching xeyes, but rather have the animated eyes appear on the taskbar and not in a separate window. I'm fairly sure I had it this way on a debian distribution about 10 years ago. I am currently running squeeze and my desktop environment is GNOME 2.30.2.

  • What desktop environment or window manager and what taskbar application (if it isn't part of the DE/WM) are you running? Mar 25, 2016 at 23:04
  • @Gilles Sorry for my late reply. I am running GNOME version 2.30.2. I do not think I have changed the taskbar/panel application, so it should be the default; don't know what it's called though. Mar 26, 2016 at 10:15

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xeyes doesn't know how to embed itself in another window like the taskbar - GNOME 2.x included a geyes applet in the gnome-applets set that could do that, which is probably what you remember.

  • I seem to remember some window managers coming with "panels" which could swallow any window — AfterStep or Window Maker maybe? Jan 12, 2017 at 17:04
  • Ah yes, it might be geyes. I'll check it out! Jan 16, 2017 at 19:53

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