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Old 12-06-2005, 09:13 AM   #1
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Terminal in background?


Hi,
I was wondering if anybody knew how to make the terminal look like its super imposed on the background like in this http://www.gentoo.org/images/shots/godoisw.jpg screenshot. I think it looks really cool, but I can't find anywhere that tells me how to make that work. Is it on the root of the window? I know how to make terminals like Aterm go transparent and/or have shading, but this doesn't seem to be the same thing, this looks like the terminal is actually IN the background, instead of in a window ontop of the background. If you have any suggestions as to how to make this work, I'd much appriciate some information!

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Marshall
 
Old 12-07-2005, 02:00 AM   #2
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what about "root-tail"?
 
Old 12-07-2005, 02:40 AM   #3
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Or maybe http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...hreadid=370356 this will help Although the user was running fluxbox, shouldn't make a difference with your own windowmanager.
 
Old 12-08-2005, 03:52 PM   #4
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As far as I know root-tail only imposes a file on the background and scolls it as enteries are made to it, if there a feature of it that I dont know about that can turn it into a fully interactive terminal, where I could just click on the background and use it as my term?

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Old 12-08-2005, 05:22 PM   #5
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Use a terminal like rxvt-unicode or aterm that supports transparency and configure it like you wish (through ~/.Xdefaults or the command line) and have the window manager remove the borders. Try googling for "borderless terminal".


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Old 12-08-2005, 09:52 PM   #6
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Hey, thank you all of you for your help, I got borderless terminals working with aterm in fluxbox . I kinda figured out a little trick when I was doing it too, I thought some of you may have use in it. I'm sure someone has figured this out before, but incase not, I'll post my findings. I noticed that when you configure fluxbox not to have borders on a certain app with ~/.fluxbox/apps, it will make ALL instances of that app not have borders, and that was undesireable. I wanted to be able to have just the "background" terminal not have a border so it looked as if it was superimposed onto the wallpaper, and then have my other aterms function as normal with borders so I could more easily move and control them (I know you can hold tab and click to move them, but thats annoying). I figured out that if you create a symbolic link to the aterm binary under a different filename, say, aterm-noborder, then I could trick fluxbox to only not do borders/decorations for aterm-noborder (the link to normal aterm binary), and then run aterm as ususal from fluxbox, and it would think it was a different program and the no borders setting would not take effect when I run it through aterm. Now whenever I run aterm-noborder it will come up without borders, and whenever I run aterm, it will come up with borders. Nifty huh? :P Hope that helps someone out!

Marshall
 
  


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