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Old 12-16-2003, 03:10 AM   #1
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Fluxbox Configuration


I would like to get some of the bells and whistles into fluxbox without killing the little memory I have. I like the resource manager that tells the system status. Also, How do I change the menus, add Icons, and can I create internet shortcuts in the fluxbox menu? Also, I would not mind getting a light them added to the computer. One other thing I was wondering is when I went to play tuxracer it was super slow and barely functional. Another thing that has my curiosity is what is a slit?
 
Old 12-16-2003, 04:25 AM   #2
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Re: Fluxbox Configuration

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Originally posted by AceTech747
I would like to get some of the bells and whistles into fluxbox without killing the little memory I have. I like the resource manager that tells the system status. Also, How do I change the menus, add Icons, and can I create internet shortcuts in the fluxbox menu? Also, I would not mind getting a light them added to the computer. One other thing I was wondering is when I went to play tuxracer it was super slow and barely functional. Another thing that has my curiosity is what is a slit?
the 'resource manager' that tells system status is gkrellm. get it HERE

To change the menu, first from a terminal run fluxbox-menu_generate (looks for apps on your system and automagically adds them) then edit the ~/.fluxbox/menu file to suit your taste.

Yes you can add internet shortcuts to the menu after the command to start your browser, leave one blank space then the url of the website.

To add icons to the desktop you need to run a desktop app such as fluxdesk or rox filer.

The slit is an invisible container that can act as a dockbar. Search google for "dockapps" to see what kinds of programs can go there. With the right set of dockapps you can duplicate the gkrellm program mentioned above.

Tuxracer is probably running slow because of a 3d issue in X. It's a hog
Make a different post about that one for better response.
 
Old 12-16-2003, 05:56 AM   #3
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Re: Re: Fluxbox Configuration

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With the right set of dockapps you can duplicate the gkrellm program mentioned above.
Trivial note: you can also put gkrellm in the slit with 'gkrellm -w', which is what I do in fluxbox. 'Course, that doesn't leave much room for other dockapps if you want them.
 
Old 12-16-2003, 08:46 AM   #4
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Re: Re: Re: Fluxbox Configuration

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Trivial note: you can also put gkrellm in the slit with 'gkrellm -w', which is what I do in fluxbox. 'Course, that doesn't leave much room for other dockapps if you want them.
I do the same thing. I haven't found another use for the slit anyway so I stick gkrellm in there.
 
Old 12-16-2003, 10:56 AM   #5
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good advices! should be useful.

hey, acetech! if your system is suffering from low memory any further, but you donīt want to miss neither linux nor flux:

change over to vectorlinux!

it is designed for older hardware, based on slackware, and runs fine with my p133 nobo.

but there wonīt be working all flux fearures (as it is thinned down) unless you try the SOHO version which i havenīt checked out yet. so i canīt tell you which flux features are running with it.

http://www.vectorlinux.com

if you check it out, the speed of vector will be fascinating!


when your system is strong enough for a bigger distro, try slackware. here youīve got fluxbox, too and with all features you like.

cheers,

bavarian



ps the brave must win--and the brave is red!
 
Old 12-16-2003, 03:09 PM   #6
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I am going to be trying out the menu-editor and gkrellm in a little bit. I am pretty happy with the results of the fluxbox. I have noticed an improvement in the system. I even have a bunch of programs that I have open on different desktops. I definatly think the fluxbox is a better way to go. My system is a P4 1.3Ghz. It just not have a lot of memory. I will try some of the stuff you guys mentioned and lety you know how it works out. If I run the gkrellm in a slit doesnt that make it un-viewable? I guess I need to read up on some of this stuff. Thanks for the help though.
 
Old 12-16-2003, 03:11 PM   #7
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Just got the gtkrellm running, works good.....

Also, I saw the menu editor....

I am going to download a gtk menu editor....

Thanks again for the help....
 
Old 12-16-2003, 04:20 PM   #8
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Not sure which menu editor you had in mind but you can get 'fluxconf' for fluxbox, which has gui menu editor among other things. But what I like is to edit the files directly with a text editor and I *love* that now that I've found a vim syntax file for flux which has color highlighting and folding and whatnot.
 
Old 12-16-2003, 10:22 PM   #9
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I got the fluxmenu, fluxconf, and fluxkeys setup now. Where is that VIM syantax thing you are talking about? Is it a plugin for the VIM. Sounds like something cool.
 
Old 12-17-2003, 07:09 AM   #10
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It's on the front page but kinda buried in the news. Here's a direct link.
http://vim.sourceforge.net/scripts/s...?script_id=679

To quote the site: 'Note: execute :set syntax=fluxbox after you open fluxbox menu to apply syntax highlighting.'

If you open gvim, do the 'split file explorer' thing, navigate to ~/.fluxbox, open your flux menu, set syntax highlighting on to fluxbox, then save it as session, then add 'gvim -S /path/to/fluxedit.vim' to your fluxmenu (kind of recursive there), you get a pretty nifty flux config tool.
 
Old 12-17-2003, 03:52 PM   #11
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Please forgive the intrusion but this thread has peaked my curiosity. I 'm currently working with Fluxbox and I have been wondering...since gkrellm and dockapps have similar programs/plugins which uses resources more efficiently? If I would like to monitor my net connection, should my first choice be gkrellm or a dockapp? What's the point of running gkrellm in the slit? I apologize for my ignorance but I'm trying to get the most functionality with the least amount of resources.
 
Old 12-17-2003, 04:04 PM   #12
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I have just started to run gkrellm. From what I can tell the program does not hog a lot of resourses. Also, when running the gkrellm as a slit it sits on top of all the windows and moves from desktop to desktop. The gkrellm has an ethernet monitor, disk monitor, processor monitor, cpu monitor, memory monitor, and swap space monitor. Also, it tells how long your system has been logged on.
 
Old 12-18-2003, 01:18 PM   #13
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Quote:
Originally posted by digiot
It's on the front page but kinda buried in the news. Here's a direct link.
http://vim.sourceforge.net/scripts/s...?script_id=679

To quote the site: 'Note: execute :set syntax=fluxbox after you open fluxbox menu to apply syntax highlighting.'

If you open gvim, do the 'split file explorer' thing, navigate to ~/.fluxbox, open your flux menu, set syntax highlighting on to fluxbox, then save it as session, then add 'gvim -S /path/to/fluxedit.vim' to your fluxmenu (kind of recursive there), you get a pretty nifty flux config tool.
I am a little confused how this works. Do I set the above up once? Normally I use VIM instead of GVIM. Because it is easier to change things as root. I downloaded and unpacked the files. Not sure what to do from here. Where do I type the above commands you are telling me about?
 
Old 12-18-2003, 01:57 PM   #14
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I'm a little confused too. I still don't really understand vim - just that every time I get it to do something I like it and I want to get it to do more. Um - I forget the details - if you look in (I think) /usr/share/vim/vimXX you'll see a /syntax subdirectory and another that matches whatever you unzipped. So you merge them - /syntax/file in /usr/.../syntax/file. Then it's just like any vim command - <colon>(in command mode)set syntax=fluxbox - and then it should work. But I don't think it's permanent - have to make a change in ~/.vimrc for that but I don't know what it is and did an end-run around it with the session thing, which does preserve the syntax setting. I may have also set 'syntax enable' in the (g)vimrc(s). The (g)vim -S part is just an ordinary bash thing. In vim it's ':edit .' to get the file explorer and 'o' over the file to open it for editing.

We need a vim guru for this, though. I just got lucky. I can't get gvim to recognize the icewm syntax files in Gentoo. But the Slack flux files work.
 
Old 12-18-2003, 02:08 PM   #15
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There is an example vimrc included with vim. I'm currently using that, unmodified, and it seems to work fine.

if &t_Co > 2 || has("gui_running")
syntax on
set hlsearch
endif
 
  


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