Gmail docklet loses sync with Gmail, slips behind panel

Asked by Reid Sprague on 2010-10-31

This is not huge, only mildly irritating - but when Docky first starts up (at computer start) sometimes the Gmail docklet will sit there 'spinning' and never sync with Gmail. On some occasions I've got it unstuck by opening the settings and re-entering the Gmail password (it's often enough just to click in the password box, click 'Apply', and then close settings again). But on one or two occasions, I've had to remove the docklet and re-add it to the dock. Then it works fine for awhile.

The other odd behavior is that it slips behind the panel (even in 'panel mode') after the computer has been on for a few minutes. One action that can trigger this behavior is to show/hide the panel - when it comes back, it will always be on top of Docky. But just ordinary use (I've got Docky set to dodge the open window) will also cause this to take place. Once it's slipped back of the panel, that seems to be it for that session - it won't come back out front until you restart.

I love the software, and I've come to rely on it - it adds useful functionality to the desktop, and is good-looking and configurable. Super job!

Am running 64-bit Lucid Lynx on a System76 Pangolin laptop.

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Best Robert Dyer (psybers) said : #1

First, GMail not connecting is an open bug. Restarting Docky usually fixes that problem.

Second, we do not support having Docky and panels where they can overlap. The behavior is officially undefined and as such it is random (as you observed).

Reid Sprague (reidbsprague) said : #2

Thanks Robert Dyer, that solved my question.

Reid Sprague (reidbsprague) said : #3

Dear Robert,

Sounds like there's nothing to do about it - move it to the side or keep collapsing the panel most of the time, as I've been doing. Will keep watching for updates and fixes.

Thanks for the answer - I still consider the app to be a very useful addition to the desktop.