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Old 01-12-2004, 01:09 PM   #1
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creating xterms/consoles set in the background?


good morning,

i'm trying to find out how to create the xterms and whatnot that i see in screenshots, which appear to be set in background for tailing logs, etc. for example, this one from the fb website.

http://www.fluxbox.org/zoom.php?shot...a_fluxbox3.jpg

does anyone know how these are set up, or if there's a seperate console that does it?

TIA
 
Old 01-12-2004, 01:21 PM   #2
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Are you talking about the transparency effect? Xterm does not do it. You may like to look at aterm:

http://aterm.sourceforge.net/

Or eterm:

http://www.eterm.org/

I use aterm myself. If you've installed it call aterm with:

aterm -tr -sh 20

tr = transparency, sh = shading level between 0-100 where 100 is totally transparent. man aterm for more commands. If you want to have a custom picture into aterm despite the background, you've to compile it with pixmap support and use a pixmap file. Gimp can save into that format:

aterm -pixmap mypicture

Good luck!
 
Old 01-12-2004, 01:40 PM   #3
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i think you mean root-tail.
 
Old 01-12-2004, 02:04 PM   #4
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root-tail was what i was looking for, thanks synaptical.
 
Old 01-12-2004, 04:10 PM   #5
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Well, I've to thank synaptical as well. I've just installed that little toy and it's great
 
Old 01-12-2004, 04:30 PM   #6
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ironically it doesn't work in XFCE4, so i can't enjoy it. how about a screenshot?
 
Old 01-13-2004, 08:24 PM   #7
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Oh boy, that's not cool . Well, at first, it did not work in Blackbox either. Looks like the display manager overrides root-tail, somehow . Opening a console where the root-tail is supposed to be fixed. Later, I've changed the way things start from my xinit and now it runs fine. As you've asked, here is a shot of my current desktop:

http://www.geocities.com/kooltux/temp/desktop3.jpg

I know, geocities is lame. I want to make a server, but I have no idea where to start (links for creating a web/ftp server are welcome. Something easy as "Even a monkey can create a server with Linux" would be great..ghehe). I even have an spare box for it already . Anyway, it's Blackbox, custom theme, Lisa Tepez (from Castlevania) as my background, xmms with Castlevania theme and gkrellm with Copland theme. The colors into root-tail has to be worked up, but looks just ok so far .

Good luck man, I hope you can also get it to work

EDIT: Geocities is pretty lame, direct links won't work. Copy and paste the link in a new window

Last edited by Mega Man X; 01-13-2004 at 08:26 PM.
 
Old 01-14-2004, 11:57 AM   #8
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Originally posted by Megaman X
As you've asked, here is a shot of my current desktop:
http://www.geocities.com/kooltux/temp/desktop3.jpg


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[i]I know, geocities is lame. I want to make a server, but I have no idea where to start (links for creating a web/ftp server are welcome. [/B]
funny you should mention that, because i just set up apache yesterday. it seems to be quite easy to install and get going -- depending on your distro as easy as apt-get, swaret maybe, etc., and then a few simple configurations is all it takes. i put it on my debian box along with proftpd and PHP, and it is pretty cool, i will have to say. i haven't delved as deeply as i want into security issues yet, but as far as just getting something up and running, it was one of the easiest things i've ever done on linux. there's also a command apacheconfig that will give you a setup "wizard" of sorts (about 2 questions ), and you can also check your configuration with "apachectl configtest" to make sure your configuration file is clean. nice!

unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be a lot of documentation about configuring once you're past the install stage, so i'm still looking around for that. what distro are you setting it up on? the set up instructions will differ depending on if you are going with a precompiled binary, or if you are going to compile from source and use your own options. but as i said, i just used apt-get install, and that was it. ten minutes later i had a web server. so if you have an option for package installation, i would go with that.
 
Old 01-14-2004, 12:10 PM   #9
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Thanks synaptical!

So it was that easy heim . Well, I am trying out Debian, but I still could not get my network card to work. On Slack, Apache is included, so I believe it should be about the same easy to use as apt-get . I think I've to put some time and effort making this work, so I can finally have my website without those junk banners and learn php

But thanks a lot mate, you were my inspiration to get it going now
 
  


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