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Old 05-14-2009, 10:13 AM   #1
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Configuring Fluxbox...


Hi people!

I've recently installed Arch+KDEmod but it was a bit slow on my laptop, so I re-installed Arch completely, this time adding Fluxbox as WM. I've read the Fluxbox Wiki which helped me a lot, but there are still some (simple) things that I don't understand.

1. I want to install a GTK theme but still didn't manage to. In fact I installed gtk-chtheme, untarred a theme in ~/.themes, but when I choose it in gtk-chtheme, it appears exactly as the default theme (Raleigh) with some color changes, completely different from screenshots on the net. By the way, where can I get good GTK Themes? The wiki proposes Freshmeat, I went on that website don't know where to find the themes!?

2. Icons. I installed idesk. I know (thanks to the wiki) how to make an app have an icon. But should I do this with EACH icon for EACH application/file/folder/button ? And also, where can I get nice icons on the net?

3. I never understood what slit was, it doesn't appear anywhere.

4. Can I add a "Show Desktop" icon on my fluxbox toolbar (as in XP), if yes, how?

Here are some first questions, thanks in advance for any help on any question.
 
Old 05-14-2009, 10:34 AM   #2
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1. When it comes to GTK+ themes, I believe themes work off of GTK+ engines; several themes may use the same engine, so if you do not have the adequate engine installed, it may just use a default. Take a peek at the following two links: http://freshmeat.net/projects/gtk-engines and http://freshmeat.net/projects/gtk-engines-extra .

If you would like to find some more themes for Fluxbox (not GTK+), http://www.box-look.org/ .

2. Unfortunately, I have never used idesk - so, I won't be able to help you there.

3. Likewise, I have never seen the clandestine "slit".

4. I have never really worried about this functionality, so, like #2, I can't even begin to help you with it. Sorry.
 
Old 05-19-2009, 05:49 AM   #3
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Thanks indienick. Anybody else for the other questions (especially the second one?)

Also, I wanted to install this theme : Here

Can somebody help me out?

Last edited by AMA; 05-19-2009 at 06:17 AM.
 
Old 05-19-2009, 08:52 AM   #4
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Keep in mind that a downloaded theme is often just configuration files. You'll probably need to download fonts, iconsets, background, etc, in order for the theme to look like it does in the screenshot.

If you look at the theme you're interested in, near the bottom of the page ("Screenshot") you'll see the extras that were used in the theme.

Last edited by mdg; 05-19-2009 at 08:57 AM.
 
Old 05-19-2009, 03:05 PM   #5
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1. good gtk themes, or at least reasonable ones can be found:
http://art.gnome.org/themes/gtk2

2. sorry, I don't use it, for more on it see here:
http://fluxbox-wiki.org/index.php?title=Idesk

for icons I go here:
http://interfacelift.com/icons-win/index.php?sort=date

actually I go there more for wallpaper. Note that an icon is just an image so even tho it says for Window$, they work for Linux too.

3. The slit is used to house other programs in a consistent manner. So for example in my '~/.fluxbox/startup' I have 'gkrellm -w &', this will add gkrellm to the slit allowing things such as making it 'auto hide' for example.

4. Make a shortcut with the 'ShowDesktop' command:
http://fluxbox-wiki.org/index.php?ti...oard_shortcuts
Instead I use multiple workspaces, I just switch to the next one to start over.
 
Old 05-19-2009, 05:01 PM   #6
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The slit can only host dockable apps if my memory serves correctly. If you have none of these then the slit is not shown. Common dockapps that the people use in the slit are wmaker dockapps, like the ones here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dockapps
 
Old 05-23-2009, 11:24 AM   #7
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Thanks for your answers guys, here's a screenshot of my desktop now:http://i43.tinypic.com/29ook6x.png

As you can see, theming is almost done, so there's one main thing left: icons. I found the icons I wanted to use (Smokikon) but I don't know how to make them work in Fluxbox. Do I need to use idesk (in fact I don't want icons on my desktop, just in the menu, file manager etc)? Where do I need to put them?

Thanks
 
Old 05-23-2009, 11:52 AM   #8
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depends on the file manager you are using, which one ?

For menu icons see:
http://www.linux-noob.com/forums/lof...php/t2058.html
 
Old 05-24-2009, 03:24 AM   #9
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I'm using Thunar.
How can I make the GTK theme load the icons?
 
Old 05-24-2009, 05:36 AM   #10
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See here:
http://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=17649
 
Old 05-24-2009, 06:29 AM   #11
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I did what they said but still doesn't work.

So that's what i've done:
- I untarred the Smokikon into ~/.icons (so in ~/.icons there's a "Smokikon_v09" folder which contains a "index.theme" file and a "scalable" folder with all the icon files (.svg format)
- Added
Code:
include "/home/ama/.gtk-2.0.mine"
to ~/.gtk-2.0
- Added
Code:
gtk-icon-theme-name = "Smokikon_v09"
to ~/.gtk-2.0.mine
- Rebooted

But failed.
 
Old 05-24-2009, 06:37 AM   #12
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Try using the XFCE settings manager.
 
Old 05-24-2009, 09:24 AM   #13
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Downloaded xfce settings manager, but still not ok. Weird... Also tried using another icon theme (black-white icon style), but no better result.
 
Old 05-24-2009, 09:48 AM   #14
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There's more info on it here:
http://thunar.xfce.org/pwiki/documentation/faq
 
Old 05-25-2009, 07:01 AM   #15
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Ok got the icons working. Thanks H_TeXMeX_H.

Well I still got two problems here:

1st Problem
I made aterm embedded in the desktop, but aterm still appears in the toolbar. How can I remove it from the toolbar, but still having it running on the desktop?

2nd Problem
I decided to use Mira's conky. There are six conkys running at the same time (see screenshot), five of them work very well, and there's one which won't start up : the Arch system update conky.
Code:
[ama@ama-laptop ~]$ conky -c ~/.conky/Mira_green/.conkyrc_sys
Conky: /home/ama/.conky/Mira_green/.conkyrc_sys: 15: config file error
Conky: use_spacer should have an argument of left, right, or none. 'yes' seem to be some form of 'true', so defaulting to right.
Conky: desktop window (5d) is root window
Conky: window type - normal
Conky: drawing to created windows (0x1800001)
Conky: drawing to double buffer
sh: sensors: command not found
Conky: attempting to use more CPUs than you have!
obj->data.cpu_index 2 info.cpu_count 1
Here's the .conkyrc_sys file:
Code:
# Use Xft?
use_xft yes
xftfont cure:size=6

# Update interval in seconds
update_interval 1

# This is the number of times Conky will update before quitting.
# Set to zero to run forever.
total_run_times 0

# Create own window instead of using desktop (required in nautilus)
own_window  yes
own_window_transparent no
own_window_type widget
own_window_hints undecorate,sticky,skip_taskbar,skip_pager 

# Use double buffering (reduces flicker, may not work for everyone)
double_buffer yes

# Minimum size of text area
minimum_size 280 5

maximum_width 87

# Draw shades?
draw_shades no

# Draw outlines?
draw_outline no

# Draw borders around text
draw_borders yes

# Stippled borders?
stippled_borders 0

# border margins
border_margin 5

# border width
border_width 1

# Default colors and also border colors
default_color 303030
#default_shade_color white
#default_outline_color black
own_window_colour 262524

# Text alignment, other possible values are commented
#alignment top_left
alignment top_right
#alignment bottom_left
#alignment bottom_right

# Gap between borders of screen and text
# same thing as passing -x at command line
gap_x 20
gap_y 340

# Subtract file system buffers from used memory?
no_buffers yes

# set to yes if you want all text to be in uppercase
uppercase no

# number of cpu samples to average
# set to 1 to disable averaging
cpu_avg_samples 2

# number of net samples to average
# set to 1 to disable averaging
net_avg_samples 2

# Force UTF8? note that UTF8 support required XFT
override_utf8_locale yes

# Add spaces to keep things from moving about?  This only affects certain objects.
use_spacer yes

TEXT
${color 9ACD32}Kernel:${color a4a4a4}${alignr}$kernel
${color 9ACD32}UpTime:${color a4a4a4}${alignr}$uptime

${color 9ACD32}Arch Update: 
${color a4a4a4}${execi 300 perl ~/scripts/conky-updates.pl}

${color 9ACD32}Cpu1:${color a4a4a4}${alignr}${cpu cpu1}% ${color 556B2F}${execi 20 sensors k8temp-pci-00c3 |grep Core0 |awk '{print $3}'}
${color 556B2F}${cpugraph cpu1 20,85 556B2F 9ACD32} 
${color 9ACD32}Cpu2:${color a4a4a4}${alignr}${cpu cpu2}% ${color 556B2F}${execi 20 sensors k8temp-pci-00c3 |grep Core1 |awk '{print $3}'}
${color 556B2F}${cpugraph cpu2 20,85 556B2F 9ACD32} 

${color 9ACD32}Governor:
${color a4a4a4}${execi 5 cat /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu0/cpufreq/scaling_governor} ${alignr}${execi 5 ~/scripts/cpu_mhz}GHz

${color 9ACD32}Gpu:${color a4a4a4}${alignr}${execi 20 nvidia-settings -q GPUCurrentClockFreqs |grep Attribute |awk '{print $4}' |cut -c1-7} ${color 556B2F}${execi 20 nvidia-settings -q gpucoretemp |grep Attribute |awk '{print $4}' |cut -c1-2}°C

${color 9ACD32}Ram:${color a4a4a4}${alignr}$mem
${color 556B2F}${membar 3,85}
Thanks for any help.

Last edited by AMA; 05-25-2009 at 08:48 AM.
 
  


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