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[https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=152930 Pantheon] is the default desktop environment originally created for the [http://elementary.io/ elementary OS] distribution. It is written from scratch using Vala and the GTK3 toolkit. With regards to usability and appearance, the desktop has some similarities with [[GNOME]] Shell and MacOS.
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[http://elementaryos.org/ Pantheon] is the default desktop environment originally created for the elementary OS distribution. It is written from scratch using Vala and the GTK3 toolkit. With regards to usability and appearance, the desktop has some similarities with GNOME Shell and Mac OS X.
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== Installation ==
  
==Installation==
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{{Note|Although their release schedule and toolchain are bound to [[Arch_compared_to_other_distributions#Ubuntu|Ubuntu's]] LTS release cycle, [https://plus.google.com/communities/104613975513761463450 elementary OS development] moves quickly and has recently moved to [https://github.com/elementary github].}}
  
Pantheon is split into several packages which are available in the [[AUR]]. To get a minimal desktop interface, you may start by installing {{AUR|pantheon-session-bzr}}. This will pull the following core components:
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=== Unofficial binary repository ===
 
* {{AUR|cerbere-bzr}}: Watchdog service to keep core Pantheon apps running
 
* {{AUR|gala-bzr}}: Window Manager
 
* {{AUR|wingpanel-bzr}}: Top panel
 
 
 
{{Note|You will need to install at least one indicator, otherwise wingpanel will not launch.}}
 
  
* {{AUR|slingshot-launcher-bzr}}: Application launcher
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[https://github.com/alucryd/aur-alucryd/tree/master/pantheon Alucryd's unofficial repo] contains more and more up-to-date packages than the few available in [[community]]. To use it add the following lines at the top of your sources in {{Ic|/etc/pacman.conf}}:
* {{AUR|plank-bzr}}: Pantheon bottom dock
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{{bc|<nowiki>
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[pantheon]
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SigLevel = Optional
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Server = https://pkgbuild.com/~alucryd/$repo/$arch
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</nowiki>}}
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{{Note|The PKGBUILDs for these packages are also available in the [[AUR]].}}
  
Additionally, you may install the following packages:
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=== Desktop Environment ===
  
* {{AUR|audience-bzr}}: Video player
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To get the basic Pantheon desktop interface, start by installing {{AUR|pantheon-session-bzr}}, which pulls--among other dependencies--the core components:
* {{AUR|contractor-bzr}}: Service for sharing data between apps
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* {{AUR|cerbere}}: Watchdog service to keep core Pantheon apps running
* {{AUR|dexter-contacts-bzr}}: Contacts manager (does not build)
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* {{AUR|gala-git}}: Window Manager (development version)
* {{AUR|eidete-bzr}}: Simple screencaster
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* {{AUR|wingpanel}}: Top panel
* {{Pkg|elementary-icon-theme}}: elementary icons
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* {{AUR|pantheon-applications-menu-git}}: Application launcher (development version)
* {{AUR|elementary-scan-bzr}}: Simple scan utility
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You may additionally install these packages as well:
* {{AUR|gtk-theme-elementary}}: elementary GTK theme
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* {{Pkg|plank}} or {{AUR|plank-bzr}}: MacOS-like Dock
* {{AUR|feedler-bzr}}: RSS feeds reader (does not build)
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* {{AUR|wingpanel-git}}: Top panel (development version)
* {{AUR|footnote-bzr}}: Note taking app
 
* {{Pkg|geary}}: Email client
 
* {{AUR|indicator-pantheon-session-bzr}}: Session indicator
 
* {{AUR|lightdm-pantheon-greeter-bzr}}: LightDM greeter
 
* {{AUR|maya-calendar-bzr}}: Calendar
 
* {{AUR|midori-granite}}: Web browser
 
* {{Pkg|noise}}: Audio player
 
* {{AUR|pantheon-calculator-bzr}}: Calculator
 
* {{AUR|pantheon-files-bzr}}: File explorer
 
* {{AUR|pantheon-notify-bzr}}: Notification daemon
 
* {{AUR|pantheon-print-bzr}}: Print settings
 
* {{AUR|pantheon-terminal-bzr}}: Terminal emulator
 
* {{AUR|plank-theme-pantheon-bzr}}: Pantheon theme for plank
 
* {{AUR|scratch-text-editor-bzr}}: Text editor
 
* {{AUR|snap-photobooth-bzr}}: Webcam app
 
* {{AUR|switchboard-bzr}}: Settings manager
 
  
{{Note|You will also need to install plugs, look for "switchboard-plug-*" in the [[AUR]].}}
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=== Services and Configuration ===
  
* {{AUR|webcontracts-bzr}}: Web services contracts for use with contractor-bzr
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These packages provide background services and default settings for Pantheon and elementary OS applications:
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* {{AUR|pantheon-default-settings-bzr}}: Default desktop appearance, behavior, and application configuration; pulls in theme packages {{Pkg|elementary-icon-theme}},  {{AUR|gtk-theme-elementary-bzr}}{{Broken package link|package not found}}, {{AUR|pantheon-backgrounds-bzr}}, and {{AUR|plank-theme-pantheon-bzr}}{{Broken package link|package not found}}.
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* {{Pkg|contractor}} or {{AUR|contractor-git}}: Service for sharing data between apps
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* {{AUR|gnome-settings-daemon-elementary}}: A patch against {{AUR|gnome-settings-daemon-ubuntu}} to support {{AUR|elementary-dpms-helper-bzr}} and {{AUR|wingpanel-indicator-power-git}}
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* {{AUR|pantheon-print-git}}: Print settings dialog
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* {{AUR|pantheon-agent-polkit-bzr}}: Polkit authentication agent
  
===Additional Infos===
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=== Theme ===
  
====Unofficial repository====
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These packages contribute to the look and feel of the desktop:
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* {{AUR|elementary-icon-theme-git}}: Icon theme designed to be smooth, sexy, clear, and efficient (development version)
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* {{AUR|lightdm-pantheon-greeter}} or {{AUR|lightdm-pantheon-greeter-git}}: LightDM greeter
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It is also recommended to install the following fonts:
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* {{AUR|ttf-opensans}}: Open Sans Fonts
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* {{AUR|ttf-raleway}}: Raleway Font
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* {{Pkg|ttf-dejavu}}: Font family based on the Bitstream Vera Fonts
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* {{Pkg|ttf-droid}}: General-purpose fonts released by Google as part of Android
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* {{Pkg|ttf-freefont}}: Set of free outline fonts covering the Unicode character set
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* {{Pkg|ttf-liberation}}: Red Hats Liberation fonts
  
I have set up an unofficial repository for pantheon packages: http://pkgbuild.com/~alucryd/pantheon/. Add the following lines at the top of your sources in {{Ic|/etc/pacman.conf}}:
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=== Applications ===
  
[pantheon]
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These are some of the original, patched, and selected packages that comprise the elementary OS software suite:
SigLevel = Optional
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* {{Pkg|pantheon-files}} or {{AUR|pantheon-files-bzr}}: File explorer developed from Marlin
Server = http://pkgbuild.com/~alucryd/$repo/$arch
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* {{Pkg|pantheon-terminal}} or {{AUR|pantheon-terminal-git}}: Terminal emulator
 
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* {{Pkg|scratch-text-editor}} or {{AUR|scratch-text-editor-git}}: Text editor
{{Note|This repository only contains some stable packages atm. A bug in {{Pkg|devtools}} makes it impossible to build bzr packages. Patch has already been submitted, but since the build server cannot be patched, we need to wait for the next devtools release.}}
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* {{AUR|pantheon-calculator}} or {{AUR|pantheon-calculator-git}}: Calculator
 
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* {{AUR|pantheon-music-git}}: Audio player developed from {{Pkg|noise-player}}
====Github repository====
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* {{AUR|pantheon-videos-git}}: Video player developed from {{Pkg|audience}}
 
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* {{AUR|pantheon-calendar-git}}: Calendar developed from {{AUR|maya-calendar}}
All Pantheon related PKGBUILDs can be found on my GitHub repository: https://github.com/alucryd/aur-alucryd/tree/master/pantheon
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* {{AUR|epiphany-pantheon-bzr}}: Web browser, replacing {{AUR|midori-granite}}
 
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* {{AUR|pantheon-mail-git}}: Email client based on {{Pkg|geary}}
====Packages based on older evolution-data-server====
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* {{AUR|screenshot-tool-bzr}}: Screenshot tool
 
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* {{AUR|eidete-bzr}}: Simple screencaster
{{AUR|dexter-contacts-bzr}} and {{AUR|feedler-bzr}} do not build because they are based on evolution-data-server 3.2. Arch Linux provides version 3.8 which uses a different Vala API.
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* {{Pkg|pantheon-photos}} or {{AUR|pantheon-photos-git}}: Photo manager based on {{Pkg|shotwell}}
 
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* {{AUR|pantheon-camera-git}}: Webcam app developed from {{AUR|snap-photobooth}}
====Wallpaper drawer====
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* {{AUR|elementary-scan-bzr}}: Simple scan utility (does not build)
 
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* {{AUR|pantheon-notes-bzr}}: Note taking app, replacing {{AUR|footnote-bzr}}
The pantheon wallpaper drawer, {{AUR|pantheon-wallpaper-bzr}},  has been deprecated in favor of the GNOME drawer. This used to be handled by nautilus, but since GNOME 3.8 it is handled directly by gnome-shell, which means we can't have GNOME drawing the wallpaper anymore.
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* {{AUR|switchboard}} or {{AUR|switchboard-git}}: Pluggable settings manager similar to {{Pkg|gnome-control-center}}
 
 
Somehow, we can't use {{Pkg|nitrogen}} either because gala seems to paint a black background all over it (kill gala and the wallpaper appears). Please keep using the deprecated drawer until a solution is found.
 
 
 
{{Note|There is a branch of gala which supports mutter 3.8. This branch enables gala to draw the wallpaper specified by the GNOME gsettings key directly. You can install {{AUR|gala-mutter38-bzr}} from the AUR to try it out.}}
 
 
 
==Launching Pantheon==
 
  
===Via a Display Manager===
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== Launching Pantheon ==
  
{{AUR|pantheon-session-bzr}} provides a session entry for display managers such as {{Pkg|gdm}} or {{Pkg|lightdm}}.
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=== Via [[Display manager]] ===
  
{{Note|Either use the bzr version of ''cerbere'' or add 'gala' to the monitored processes for this to work.}}
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{{AUR|pantheon-session-bzr}} provides a {{Pkg|gnome-session}} entry for display managers such as {{Pkg|gdm}} or {{Pkg|lightdm}}.
  
===Via .xinitrc===
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=== Via [[xinit]] ===
  
You can also use {{Ic|~/.xinitrc}} with {{Pkg|slim}} to launch the Pantheon shell. The following code will successfully launch a Pantheon session:
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Alternatively, you can use {{Ic|~/.xinitrc}} to launch the Pantheon shell, such as:
  
 
  #!/bin/sh
 
  #!/bin/sh
Line 110: Line 100:
 
  exec cerbere
 
  exec cerbere
  
{{Note|Either use the bzr version of ''cerbere'' or add 'gala' to the monitored processes for this to work.}}
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==== Autostart applications with {{Ic|~/.xinitrc}} ====
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Xinit does not implement [[XDG support|XDG]] autostart. For applications which do not provide a [[Systemd#Using_units|systemd unit]], here are three other ways to start services:
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* Add any program to your {{Ic|~/.xinitrc}}, preferably right before the {{ic|exec cerbere}} line. This is the better choice for one-shot programs.
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* Edit the {{Ic|org.pantheon.desktop.cerbere.monitored-processes}} key using ''dconf-editor'' and add the programs of your choice. This method is best for applications which keep running in the background.
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* Use a program like {{AUR|dapper}}, {{AUR|dex-git}}, or {{AUR|fbautostart}} to add support for XDG autostart.
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{{Note|Keep in mind that applications started via ''cerbere'' cannot be terminated, they will keep respawning up to the value of {{ic|org.pantheon.desktop.cerbere.max-crashes}}}}
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==Configuration==
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Configure Pantheon via {{AUR|switchboard}} and its plugs (''switchboard-plug-*''), which must be installed separately. The intent is to replace {{Pkg|gnome-control-center}}, but not all settings--particularly not third-party applications' settings--have been ported. In some cases, you may prefer to use {{Pkg|gnome-control-center}} or {{Pkg|gnome-tweak-tool}} instead. All Pantheon settings, except [[plank|plank's]], can also be altered via ''dconf'' and are located in the {{Ic|org.pantheon}} key. Use {{Pkg|dconf-editor}} for easy editing.
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=== Plank ===
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==== Adding new application icons ====
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Either drag and drop a desktop file on to the dock, or right click on a running application and select "Keep in dock". You can then reorder icons by drag and drop.
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{{Note|Plank stores its configuration files in {{ic|~/.config/plank/}}}}
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=== Pantheon Files ===
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==== Enable context menu entries ====
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If you want to enable context menu entries such as for {{Pkg|file-roller}} to extract/compress archives, then you have to additionally install {{Pkg|contractor}}.
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=== Terminal ===
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====Opacity (transparency)====
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To make {{Pkg|pantheon-terminal}} (semi-)transparent, open {{Pkg|dconf-editor}} and go to {{ic|org.pantheon.terminal.settings.opacity}} to set your desired opacity. For {{AUR|pantheon-terminal-git}}, the background color and transparency are set by {{ic|org.pantheon.terminal.settings.background}}.
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== Known Issues ==
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{{Out of date|This information is quite old; some of these issues may have been resolved.}}
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=== Usability ===
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==== Cannot interact with the LightDM Pantheon greeter ====
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You need to delete {{ic|/var/lib/lightdm/.pam_environment}}. Do note however that this file is a workaround for the following LightDM bug: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/unity-greeter/+bug/1024482
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==== Gala crashes on start ====
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Unconfigured gala tries to use default gnome wallpaper, which is absent unless you have the package {{Pkg|gnome-themes-standard}} installed. Install it workaround the crash; it is safe to remove after you configure another wallpaper.
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==== No mouse cursor after login ====
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The Gala window manager is most likely not running. Either install {{AUR|cerbere-git}} or add {{ic|gala}} to the list of cerbere's [[#Via_xinit|monitored processes]].
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=== Indicators ===
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==== Indicators not appearing in wingpanel ====
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Wingpanel does not come with any indicators; they must be installed separately.
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{{Note|{{AUR|wingpanel}} supports [[Unity|Ayatana indicators]], while {{AUR|wingpanel-git}} has native indicators (''wingpanel-indicator-*-git'').}}
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==== Third-party indicators ====
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* If launched by a [[#Via Display manager|display manager]], append {{Ic|Pantheon}} to {{ic|1=OnlyShowIn=}} in third-party indicators' [[Desktop_entries#Autostart|*.desktop files]]
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* If launched by [[#Via xinit|~/.xinitrc]], add third-party indicators to one of the start-up methods described [[#Launching Pantheon|above]].
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* For {{AUR|wingpanel-git}}, indicators designed for [[Unity]] require {{AUR|wingpanel-indicator-ayatana-bzr}}.
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==== Indicator-session menus not responsive ====
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* {{AUR|indicator-session}} relies on dbus methods provided by [[Unity]] for most of its functions and fails to fallback to gnome or systemd methods in its absence.
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* {{AUR|wingpanel-indicator-session-git}} needs [[light-locker]] or {{AUR|xscreensaver-dbus-screenlock}} installed for the {{Ic|Lock}} menu item.
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=== Appearance ===
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==== Pantheon-terminal transparency ====
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Transparency in pantheon-terminal is not yet fully functional with GTK themes other than the elmentary OS theme. Either use {{AUR|gtk-theme-elementary}}, {{AUR|gtk-theme-elementary-git}} or add [http://bazaar.launchpad.net/~elementary-design/egtk/4.x/revision/210 this] code to your theme or the override file in {{ic|~/.config/gtk-3.0/gtk.css}}.
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==== Wingpanel transparency ====
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Wingpanel is transparent by design when using {{AUR|gtk-theme-elementary}} or {{AUR|gtk-theme-elementary-git}}, and becomes opaque when a maximized window occupies your screen. However, using other GTK themes will produce a solid panel most of the time.
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To achieve the former behavior within other themes, add the following lines to the end of its css or the override file in {{ic|~/.config/gtk-3.0/gtk.css}}:
  
===Autostart applications===
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/*********************
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  * wingpanel support *
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  ********************/
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.panel {
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    background-color: transparent;
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    transition: all 1s ease-in-out;
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}
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.panel.maximized {
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    background-color: #000;
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}
  
Pantheon, when launched via {{Ic|~/.xinitrc}}, does not support XDG autostart. However, there are 2 other ways to achieve this for applications which do not provide a systemd unit:
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==== GTK+ applications surrounded by awful black shadow box ====
  
* You may add any program to your {{Ic|~/.xinitrc}}, preferably right between the ''cerbere'' and ''gala'' lines. This is the better choice for one-shot programs.
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The elementary GTK theme seems to be using its own files and ignoring the {{Ic|~/.config/gtk-3.0/gtk.css}} user-override config file. This has been reported on https://bugs.launchpad.net/elementaryos/+bug/1592441. To work around the issue, go to the file {{Ic|/usr/share/themes/elementary/gtk-3.0/gtk-widgets.css}} and look for the following (around line 3669):
* Or you may edit the {{Ic|org.pantheon.cerbere.monitored-processes}} key using ''dconf-editor'' and add the programs of your choice. This method is best for applications which keep running in the background.
 
  
{{Note|Keep in mind that applications started via ''cerbere'' cannot be terminated, they will keep respawning.}}
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decoration,
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.window-frame {
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    border-radius: 4px 4px 0 0;
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    box-shadow: 0 0 0 1px alpha (#000, 0.3),
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                0 14px 28px rgba(0,0,0,0.35),
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                0 10px 10px rgba(0,0,0,0.22);
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    margin: 12px;
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}
  
==Configuration==
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Replace the above by the the code below
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decoration,
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.window-frame {
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    box-shadow: none;
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    border: none;
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    padding: 0;
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    margin: 0;
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}
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==== White icons in pantheon-files ====
  
Configuring Pantheon is done via {{AUR|switchboard-bzr}} and its plugs, some of which are available in the AUR, but close to none work as intended for the moment. Instead, most pantheon settings can be altered via ''dconf'', they are located in the {{Ic|org.pantheon}} key. Use ''dconf-editor'' for easy editing.
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Currently there seems to be a bug which displays the view icons in the top location in a white colour instead of black. This can be fixed by installing {{AUR|gtk-theme-elementary-git}} or, for {{AUR|gtk-theme-elementary}}, add the following line to {{ic|gtk-widgets.css}}:
  
Also, part of the configuration is handled by {{Pkg|gnome-control-center}} via a dedicated plug, which unfortunately does not support GNOME 3.8. Use {{Pkg|gnome-control-center}} itself and {{Pkg|gnome-tweak-tool}} instead.
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GtkToolItem { color: @text_color; }

Latest revision as of 11:22, 25 May 2017

Pantheon is the default desktop environment originally created for the elementary OS distribution. It is written from scratch using Vala and the GTK3 toolkit. With regards to usability and appearance, the desktop has some similarities with GNOME Shell and MacOS.

Installation

Note: Although their release schedule and toolchain are bound to Ubuntu's LTS release cycle, elementary OS development moves quickly and has recently moved to github.

Unofficial binary repository

Alucryd's unofficial repo contains more and more up-to-date packages than the few available in community. To use it add the following lines at the top of your sources in /etc/pacman.conf:

[pantheon]
SigLevel = Optional
Server = https://pkgbuild.com/~alucryd/$repo/$arch
Note: The PKGBUILDs for these packages are also available in the AUR.

Desktop Environment

To get the basic Pantheon desktop interface, start by installing pantheon-session-bzrAUR, which pulls--among other dependencies--the core components:

You may additionally install these packages as well:

Services and Configuration

These packages provide background services and default settings for Pantheon and elementary OS applications:

Theme

These packages contribute to the look and feel of the desktop:

It is also recommended to install the following fonts:

Applications

These are some of the original, patched, and selected packages that comprise the elementary OS software suite:

Launching Pantheon

Via Display manager

pantheon-session-bzrAUR provides a gnome-session entry for display managers such as gdm or lightdm.

Via xinit

Alternatively, you can use ~/.xinitrc to launch the Pantheon shell, such as:

#!/bin/sh
 
if [ -d /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc.d ]; then
  for f in /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc.d/*; do
    [ -x "$f" ] && . "$f"
  done
  unset f
fi

gsettings-data-convert &
xdg-user-dirs-gtk-update &
/usr/lib/polkit-gnome/polkit-gnome-authentication-agent-1 &
/usr/lib/gnome-settings-daemon/gnome-settings-daemon &
/usr/lib/gnome-user-share/gnome-user-share &
eval $(gnome-keyring-daemon --start --components=pkcs11,secrets,ssh,gpg)
export GNOME_KEYRING_CONTROL GNOME_KEYRING_PID GPG_AGENT_INFO SSH_AUTH_SOCK
exec cerbere

Autostart applications with ~/.xinitrc

Xinit does not implement XDG autostart. For applications which do not provide a systemd unit, here are three other ways to start services:

  • Add any program to your ~/.xinitrc, preferably right before the exec cerbere line. This is the better choice for one-shot programs.
  • Edit the org.pantheon.desktop.cerbere.monitored-processes key using dconf-editor and add the programs of your choice. This method is best for applications which keep running in the background.
  • Use a program like dapperAUR, dex-gitAUR, or fbautostartAUR to add support for XDG autostart.
Note: Keep in mind that applications started via cerbere cannot be terminated, they will keep respawning up to the value of org.pantheon.desktop.cerbere.max-crashes

Configuration

Configure Pantheon via switchboardAUR and its plugs (switchboard-plug-*), which must be installed separately. The intent is to replace gnome-control-center, but not all settings--particularly not third-party applications' settings--have been ported. In some cases, you may prefer to use gnome-control-center or gnome-tweak-tool instead. All Pantheon settings, except plank's, can also be altered via dconf and are located in the org.pantheon key. Use dconf-editor for easy editing.

Plank

Adding new application icons

Either drag and drop a desktop file on to the dock, or right click on a running application and select "Keep in dock". You can then reorder icons by drag and drop.

Note: Plank stores its configuration files in ~/.config/plank/

Pantheon Files

Enable context menu entries

If you want to enable context menu entries such as for file-roller to extract/compress archives, then you have to additionally install contractor.

Terminal

Opacity (transparency)

To make pantheon-terminal (semi-)transparent, open dconf-editor and go to org.pantheon.terminal.settings.opacity to set your desired opacity. For pantheon-terminal-gitAUR, the background color and transparency are set by org.pantheon.terminal.settings.background.

Known Issues

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Reason: This information is quite old; some of these issues may have been resolved. (Discuss in Talk:Pantheon#)

Usability

Cannot interact with the LightDM Pantheon greeter

You need to delete /var/lib/lightdm/.pam_environment. Do note however that this file is a workaround for the following LightDM bug: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/unity-greeter/+bug/1024482

Gala crashes on start

Unconfigured gala tries to use default gnome wallpaper, which is absent unless you have the package gnome-themes-standard installed. Install it workaround the crash; it is safe to remove after you configure another wallpaper.

No mouse cursor after login

The Gala window manager is most likely not running. Either install cerbere-gitAUR or add gala to the list of cerbere's monitored processes.

Indicators

Indicators not appearing in wingpanel

Wingpanel does not come with any indicators; they must be installed separately.

Note: wingpanelAUR supports Ayatana indicators, while wingpanel-gitAUR has native indicators (wingpanel-indicator-*-git).

Third-party indicators

  • If launched by ~/.xinitrc, add third-party indicators to one of the start-up methods described above.

Indicator-session menus not responsive

  • indicator-sessionAUR relies on dbus methods provided by Unity for most of its functions and fails to fallback to gnome or systemd methods in its absence.

Appearance

Pantheon-terminal transparency

Transparency in pantheon-terminal is not yet fully functional with GTK themes other than the elmentary OS theme. Either use gtk-theme-elementaryAUR, gtk-theme-elementary-gitAUR or add this code to your theme or the override file in ~/.config/gtk-3.0/gtk.css.

Wingpanel transparency

Wingpanel is transparent by design when using gtk-theme-elementaryAUR or gtk-theme-elementary-gitAUR, and becomes opaque when a maximized window occupies your screen. However, using other GTK themes will produce a solid panel most of the time.

To achieve the former behavior within other themes, add the following lines to the end of its css or the override file in ~/.config/gtk-3.0/gtk.css:

/*********************
 * wingpanel support *
 ********************/
.panel {
    background-color: transparent;
    transition: all 1s ease-in-out;
}

.panel.maximized {
    background-color: #000;
}

GTK+ applications surrounded by awful black shadow box

The elementary GTK theme seems to be using its own files and ignoring the ~/.config/gtk-3.0/gtk.css user-override config file. This has been reported on https://bugs.launchpad.net/elementaryos/+bug/1592441. To work around the issue, go to the file /usr/share/themes/elementary/gtk-3.0/gtk-widgets.css and look for the following (around line 3669):

decoration,
.window-frame {
    border-radius: 4px 4px 0 0;
    box-shadow: 0 0 0 1px alpha (#000, 0.3),
                0 14px 28px rgba(0,0,0,0.35),
                0 10px 10px rgba(0,0,0,0.22);
    margin: 12px;
}

Replace the above by the the code below

decoration,
.window-frame {
    box-shadow: none;
    border: none;
    padding: 0;
    margin: 0;
}

White icons in pantheon-files

Currently there seems to be a bug which displays the view icons in the top location in a white colour instead of black. This can be fixed by installing gtk-theme-elementary-gitAUR or, for gtk-theme-elementaryAUR, add the following line to gtk-widgets.css:

GtkToolItem { color: @text_color; }