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Old 04-16-2009, 05:17 PM   #1
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Question Setting Background Images: Step By Step


Hello, My name is Jake. I am in Computer Engineering Technology 2 in my high school. Currently, we are working with linux and flubox (I think fluxbox 9, but not sure) in groups of two (Mac is my partner). Our teacher basically wants us to figure out most of what we are doing on our own. He wants us to pretty much do our own thing and be creative, which is pretty cool.

Before we even start, I will say right now that this is my first time using linux or anything like linux, and my first time using fluxbox or anyting like fluxbox. I have learned C++, SAS, and Visual Basic, and that is the only coding I have ever done (well, some html). Our teacher has got us to the point where we can edit fluxbox with code. I have coded in linux yesterday(I had to install fluxbox). This is the only experience I have with coding. I am not using linux right now, so I cant code it right now. Linux is on a computer Mac and I built in that class. Tommorow I have school, so it would be greatly appreciated if I had an answer ASAP, so that I do not waste the class period trying to find answers and instead be able to use it to code instead.

Currently I am trying to change my background image of fluxbox. I have searched for my answers on different websites, wiki's, and forums. Most of the answers I get usually do not help because of my inexperience with linux and fluxbox. My request is a noob friendly step by step guide to setting a background on fluxbox. I will emphasize noob friendly again. This includes programs you need to install, the editor(s) I need to code in, and everything in between. I hope this helps both me and others, as there is bound to be other linux noobies trying to do the same thing as I am (maybe even people in my class!) I will probably be a regular visitor hear for the next few weeks. Who knows, I may install linux on my PC at home! I hope these responses help both me and future linux noobies.

BTW, bolding important words is an OCD thing, sorry if it bothers anyone.

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Old 04-16-2009, 05:31 PM   #2
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I have searched for my answers on different websites, wiki's, and forums.
really?
I don't think so.


http://www.everyjoe.com/newlinuxuser...er-in-fluxbox/
 
Old 04-16-2009, 05:36 PM   #3
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Wait, do I have to type this code in my text editor: ~/.fluxbox/startup file

Or do I only have to type:fbsetbg -f /home/jon/.fluxbox/backgrounds/my_background.jpg

Only typing the second one did not work for me. Do I have to install feh?
 
Old 04-16-2009, 05:38 PM   #4
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perhaps you could learn to read?
Open a terminal window and use your favorite text editor to open your ~/.fluxbox/startup file.
 
Old 04-16-2009, 05:50 PM   #5
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Maybe the source didn't have randomly bolded up words?

>Jake and Mac CET 2, Since I highly doubt that changing a desktop background is going to a homework task I think helping here isn't going to be too bad but just to state, we aren't gunna help you with your homework if you are gunna ask for help with that. If you wish to know why, you need to learn to be able to figure things out for yourself, Education is showing how well you can learn and learn things for yourself. Even I just checked and in the two searches I did I found information, second search lead to the site above... I'd advise seeing if you can figure more stuff out for yourself, you'd be surprised just how much you will need to do it once you hit a professional level, and trust me, I do things at a professional level in a datacenter so I have a good idea on this one.
 
Old 04-16-2009, 05:52 PM   #6
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Yes, I believe you do need to install feh.
 
Old 04-16-2009, 05:54 PM   #7
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Do I need to install fbsetbg? what is fbsetbg?

Like I said, I have tried most of the solutions online, and they are not working, I went to this forum to try to figure out why.
 
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No, fbsetg is just a command that comes with fluxbox.
 
Old 04-16-2009, 05:58 PM   #9
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what about wpsetters?
 
Old 04-16-2009, 06:01 PM   #10
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From what I can see, it should already be installed with Fluxbox, if it's even an application, it may quite possibly just be a setting within fluxbox itself.

Just open ~/.fluxbox/startup in a text editor, I would recommend nano if you have it, vi(m) is a pain... and emacs... well I'll not go their.

Basically, open terminal
nano ~/.fluxbox/startup
(if works)
^w fbsetbg (^ means the control key, not shift 6)
change the path to the image you want as your desktop, I presume a log out and a log in maybe required.
^o (to write out / save)
^x (to quit)
(if nano does not work)
vi ~/.fluxbox/startup

in vi hit i to insert text, escape to exit insert mode. :x to save and quit... I am not giving a full tutorial of how to use vi, their are many of them around. I don't believe Fluxbox is good for beginners, but even so that was not hard, just the following google results got the answers needed for this. "fluxbox wallpaper" and "linux terminal editors", both first hit and nano is very good at telling you how it works....

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Old 04-16-2009, 06:02 PM   #11
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That"s gonna be fun
 
Old 04-16-2009, 06:10 PM   #12
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From what I can see, it should already be installed with Fluxbox, if it's even an application, it may quite possibly just be a setting within fluxbox itself.

Just open ~/.fluxbox/startup in a text editor, I would recommend nano if you have it, vi(m) is a pain... and emacs... well I'll not go their.

Basically, open terminal
nano ~/.fluxbox/startup
(if works)
^w fbsetbg (^ means the control key, not shift 6)
change the path to the image you want as your desktop, I presume a log out and a log in maybe required.
^o (to write out / save)
^x (to quit)
(if nano does not work)
vi ~/.fluxbox/startup

in vi hit i to insert text, escape to exit insert mode. :x to save and quit... I am not giving a full tutorial of how to use vi, their are many of them around.
We used vi in a tutorial our teacher gave us. thanks for the info. I would still appreciate more responses, in case this one does not work for me for whatever reason.
 
Old 04-16-2009, 06:12 PM   #13
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That"s gonna be fun
Reminds me of the time our college lectures asked us to install CVS on a load of windows machines without giving us administrative rights. And then when they got them installed, turned out that every single installation didn't work... we never did properly learn CVS... oh well. In the end we had a cruddy windows GUI and had to go off to one of the cruddy computers left in a broom cupboard kinda deals.

Personally in college we had to learn alot of things for ourselves... not really shocking at that level of education. Heck I installed Mandrake on my laptop in dual boot just to start learning linux, darned classmates password reset it before I even really ever touched linux back then...
 
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I would still appreciate more responses, in case this one does not work for me for whatever reason.
That's the spirit.
 
  


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