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Old 12-16-2003, 02:49 AM   #1
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help setting transparency in fluxbox


Hi, first of all i'm a newbie, i'm currently running slackware, i just intalled it this past weekend, i ran rh9 before, but since they're not going to continue with the desktop version, i moved to mandrake 9.2. I didn't like mandrake 9.2. So now i'm running slackware, and so far is just awesome. I am dual booting windos xp, and slacware. Any how, i installed fluxbox, and everything is ok, but my problem is that i don't have any idea on how to set up transparency to the xterm on fluxbox, i've seen some screenshots, that have xterm in transparent, this thing looks so good, i wanted to do it, but i don't know how. if there's some one out there that can help me i'd appreciate the help.
thank you for your replies.
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Old 12-16-2003, 03:20 AM   #2
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thanks guys, but i've found that in order to have transparency on the terminal i need to get either eterm or aterm. i'm on the prosses of installing eterm right now, hope everything goes well though. If not i'll be back to ask some more questions.
thanks again
 
Old 12-16-2003, 05:54 AM   #3
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How'd it go?

If it didn't go/isn't going so well, it's because Slack and Eterm have issues. rxvt can also do transparency, iirc, so go for either that or aterm. But if you got Eterm working, congrats.
 
Old 12-16-2003, 03:01 PM   #4
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thanks for ur reply

Thanks to god i got eterm working, i just downloading the tarball that said slackware version, and then ran the program that came with it, it installed everything for me, then i just ran Eterm from the terminal and there it was.
Now i'm about to read the man pages for eterm, to set transparency. By the way when i log on into fluxbox, i see in the menu a terminal named rxvt, but when i try to run it i can't do it. nothing happens.
I'm wondering was the diference between aterm and eterm, and which one is better or works the best for you?
thanks for your reply digiot
 
Old 12-16-2003, 04:17 PM   #5
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Ah cool. Somebody linked to that Slack tgz on another thread and I expressed my doubts but I'm glad it works without breaking anything.

As far as it being in the menu but not working, that is odd. You can install Slack without rxvt but you'd have to work at it - if it's not on your system you could install it from disk or from the Slack sites. Also weird is that it'd be in the menu if it *wasn't* on the system. I *think* the menu's now created by fluxbox-generate_menu and that's only supposed to put things in that it finds. I usually use 'locate' to find stuff. If the database is current (updatedb) and it's not there, it just must not have gotten installed. If it is there, it must be some weird permissions problem or the menu points to the place or something.

As far as differences, it's partly superficial feature sets like transparency and whatnot and partly in more functional differences like which terminals the terminal emulator can emulate. *g* xterm includes a lot of code for a lot of weird terminals that isn't usually necessary and rxvt cuts that out - so it's less functional but not in any way that matters to most folks - and can do things like transparency and still take up fewer resources than xterm. Eterm, on the other hand, has all kinds of toolbars and widgets and scrollbars and fancy gizmos. I actually don't much like it because I just turn everything off anyway - I want an interface to bash, a decent font, and working keys. So I like rxvt or aterm. (I like xterm just fine, too, and it's default with X but I prefer one of the other two.) But if you like the features, Eterm's nice. They all pretty much get the job done.
 
Old 12-16-2003, 04:25 PM   #6
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im using aterm with transparency on fluxbox using this to start command the terminal:
Code:
aterm -sl 3000 -tr +sb -sr -si -sk -bg black -shading 60 -fade 90 -tn xterm -fn -misc-fixed-medium-r-normal-*-*-c-*iso8859-2 -g 130x50+20-0 -fg \#cecece
 
  


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