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Old 10-28-2005, 10:17 PM   #1
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How do you configure fluxbox?


How do I do basic things like changing the wallpaper, adding icons to desktop, adding stuff to the menu, etc. in fluxbox? I hear it is very customizable but I can't seem to find a way to do these things
 
Old 10-28-2005, 10:24 PM   #2
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man fluxbox
is an INVALUABLE resource for these kind of things.

Most things are being set-up in ~/.fluxbox , have a look
at the files in there. Appearance is modified by styles,
which you can easily copy & modify to your hearts
content.


Cheers,
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Old 10-28-2005, 10:34 PM   #3
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Wow that was fast!

Thanks I'll take a look into that.

btw, just so it won't take up another thread, what should I use as a file browser (sorta like explorer.exe in windows). I'm using Debian if that helps.
 
Old 10-28-2005, 10:38 PM   #4
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There is also a tool name fluxconf(http://devaux.fabien.free.fr/flux/) which might probably be installed. For more customization you need follow what Tinkster said.
Fluxbox is not a desktop but a simple window manager without desktop icons. You can try idesk, rox desktop or fbdesk if you want those functions.
 
Old 10-28-2005, 10:42 PM   #5
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* xfe is nice and fast http://roland65.free.fr/xfe/index.php?page=screenshots
* rox-filer too http://rox.sourceforge.net/phpwiki/static.html
* There are few others gentoo, filerunner, etc.

Using apt-get, aptitude or synaptic you can get it if you want :
Code:
apt-get install xfe rox

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Old 10-28-2005, 10:45 PM   #6
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Quote:
Originally posted by stickfun
Wow that was fast!

Thanks I'll take a look into that.

btw, just so it won't take up another thread, what should I use as a file browser (sorta like explorer.exe in windows). I'm using Debian if that helps.

I can't really recommend any, I do most of my file-management
in the shell (occasionally using mc).

I've heard good things about Endeavour2 for instance ...


Cheers,
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Old 10-28-2005, 11:01 PM   #7
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Thanks for the replies everyone

Quote:
Originally posted by mrcheeks
Using apt-get, aptitude or synaptic you can get it if you want :
Code:
apt-get install xfe rox
[/B]
For some reason, rox is not in the list of packages according to apt-get. xfe works though

And is it required to have a desktop in order to change the background? Reading the man for fluxbox revealed no info on doing this...
 
Old 10-28-2005, 11:09 PM   #8
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You can change your wallpaper fbsetbg. Any basic wallpaper setter will work but fbsetbg is a wrapper, it'll look for the best setter you have installed and use that
 
Old 10-29-2005, 12:21 AM   #9
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You can change your wallpaper fbsetbg. Any basic wallpaper setter will work but fbsetbg is a wrapper, it'll look for the best setter you have installed and use that
Well fbsetbg didn't work by itself but i installed Eterm and it did Now I just have to find a way to put icons there...

btw, what's a wrapper (or setter)?
 
Old 10-29-2005, 12:34 AM   #10
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you also might want to have a look at the fluxbox FAQ while you're at it. it goes over most of the basic elements of configuring flux.
http://fluxbox.sourceforge.net/docbook.php

 
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If you want icons, here are some options:

deskicon (requires adesklets) / shameless plug
idesk
fbdesk
 
Old 10-29-2005, 01:14 PM   #12
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Quote:
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If you want icons, here are some options:

deskicon (requires adesklets) / shameless plug
idesk
fbdesk
So I've installed idesk but now I need to make the config file. I found the sample file on the official site but I don't know how to copy and paste it into a file ( ). How do I copy and paste into a text editor (or like vim or something)?

Also what should I use as my general editor? There don't seem to be any notepad lookalikes available.
 
Old 10-29-2005, 02:41 PM   #13
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It's SAFEST to learn how to use vi, because you'll be hard
pressed to find ANY linux/unix machine that doesn't have it
installed. It's also very fast and convenient (no, it's not
intuitive) once you get your head around it :)


Cheers,
Tink
 
Old 10-29-2005, 03:29 PM   #14
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Quote:
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It's SAFEST to learn how to use vi, because you'll be hard
pressed to find ANY linux/unix machine that doesn't have it
installed. It's also very fast and convenient (no, it's not
intuitive) once you get your head around it


Cheers,
Tink
In vi, how would I copy something from say ... firefox... and paste into it through an x-term? The usual ctrl+v doesn't work

Thanks for the reply
 
Old 10-29-2005, 03:37 PM   #15
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Use X-means ... highlight it with the rodent and Button1,
and then in vi just press i and middle-click.


Cheers,
Tink
 
  


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