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I'm running Ubuntu 10.04 on a Laptop. I have a startup script which enables external displays, if they are connected. It runs at GDM startup, configured in /etc/gdm/Init/Default.

When i'm running without external displays, Gnome should use 2 Panels. When i'm using 2 external displays, Gnome should add an additional Panel to the second display. But this should of course be removed again if i detach the external displays (and restart).

Can i configure this use case by using Gnome Panel-profiles? I read that there is a startup option "--profile" for gnome-panel, but i don't know how and where i could switch the profile, especially because this has to be done after recognizing the number of displays.

Or can i add a general Gnome profile and switch between those profiles somehow to achieve the desired behavior?

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Thinking about trying to use gconftool-2 for this use case. Will post here when it works and how – ifischer Jan 11 '11 at 14:43

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