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Old 10-08-2005, 08:24 PM   #1
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Questions about X and FluxBox


Hi Guys

I just installed Slackware Linux and chose FluxBox. I downloaded a great theme but I am having several difficulties.
I have chosen this theme : http://download.freshmeat.net/screen-shots/44525.jpg

Problem is I cannot get the rxvt to be transparent, what should I do? I also want to install some new fonts, searched but I did not found out how. And also...how do I use them with FluxBox? Especially ttf fonts.

Also, last question ... http://download.freshmeat.net/screenshots/55615.jpg

If you look to the left, you see a dockbar with lots of info about your computer, whats the name of the application?

Thanks
 
Old 10-08-2005, 08:34 PM   #2
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If you look to the left, you see a dockbar with lots of info about your computer
That's gkrellm
 
Old 10-08-2005, 08:53 PM   #3
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I cannot get the rxvt to be transparent, what should I do?
use aterm
 
Old 10-08-2005, 09:28 PM   #4
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Thanks, I already started using Eterm on Flux-Box but by some strange reason it does not want to work with transparent features and stuff like that. The grubby depths of X amaze me! They could have wrapped everything up with a simple to use configuration editor...but I guess the learning curve would have been ZERO!
 
Old 10-08-2005, 11:34 PM   #5
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just as a side note start gkrellm before fluxbox with
gkrellm -w &
and it will be in the slit on all desktops
 
Old 10-09-2005, 12:05 AM   #6
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Eterm will do your transparency fine. If it doesn't, it's because you are using a dodgy wallpaper setter. Please post the output of this command:
Code:
fbsetbg -i
 
Old 10-09-2005, 08:28 AM   #7
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The output of that command is :

wmsetbg is a nice wallpapersetter. You wont have any problems,

But I cannot do transparency with Eterm...that's my problem.
 
Old 10-09-2005, 08:38 AM   #8
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How do I start Gkrellm automatically when I type "startx" to run X with FluxBox? There must be some init file that runs commands prior to loading the FluxBox right? Or I need to start it first somewhere in an init file in X?
 
Old 10-09-2005, 08:45 AM   #9
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Create a .xsession file and put all the apps you want to start with fluxbox. Note that each app you wanna start must end with &
For example, you may want to have an .xsession file like this
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gkrellm &
fluxbox
You can add as many apps as you want, as long as they have the & at the end of the line, but the last one, when you call the window manager to start up
 
Old 10-09-2005, 08:50 AM   #10
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Re: Questions about X and FluxBox

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Originally posted by Mercurius
Hi Guys

I just installed Slackware Linux and chose FluxBox. I downloaded a great theme but I am having several difficulties.
I have chosen this theme : http://download.freshmeat.net/screen-shots/44525.jpg

Problem is I cannot get the rxvt to be transparent, what should I do? I also want to install some new fonts, searched but I did not found out how. And also...how do I use them with FluxBox? Especially ttf fonts.

Also, last question ... http://download.freshmeat.net/screenshots/55615.jpg

If you look to the left, you see a dockbar with lots of info about your computer, whats the name of the application?

Thanks
Your path begins here:

http://fluxbox.sourceforge.net/docs/en/faq.php
 
Old 10-09-2005, 10:24 AM   #11
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I did it, but not with .xsession. I put it before the fluxbox start in xinitrc and it works fine. Also I read the fluxbox manual, configured it how I want with menu's and all. Single problem remains how to install fonts (especially ttf fonts) and how to make the terminal transparent.
 
Old 10-09-2005, 01:12 PM   #12
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For the fonts follw this guide:

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/history/354825

But be careful as adding lots of new fonts will make X take longer to start.

For the transparency thing, create a file called .Xresources and make it executable. Then add the eterm config lines in there. It works for xterm and aterm.

eterm*transparency:true
eterm*shading:50
eterm*scrollBar:true
eterm*background:black
eterm*foreground:white

and so on. Use man eterm to see all the options and the respective symbols to place in the file.
 
Old 10-09-2005, 01:39 PM   #13
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Where do I put the file? The home folder? And the X server runs it automatically?
 
Old 10-09-2005, 02:41 PM   #14
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Right, ~/.Xresources
To execute it you might need to add it to the list in .xinitrc
If it doesn't work try changing the name to .Xdefaults

Again, check man eterm for the list of supported options and the actual symbolic names to put in this file. I also should've noted that xterm, like rxvt, doesn't support transparency.
 
Old 10-09-2005, 04:33 PM   #15
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Nope, it does not work with either files, it says "Command not found". Isent there another way around? I launch manually Eterm -trans but it is still not transparent...

EDIT - finally I succeeded! I wear glasses so the fonts in the terminal are mostly small, can someone recomend some good fonts for the terminal? something similar to matrix even!

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