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Back to mrxvt

Posted 10-26-2007 at 12:20 AM by Sonneteer

So after I upgraded to Slackware 12 from 11, this strange problem arose with Eterm. I could use vim a couple of times, then thereafter it would not work. I'd type in the command, and the cursor would go to the next line and just sit there. I couldn't type in anything, couldn't even Ctrl-C out of it and would have to close the window. It would continue to behave this way until I rebooted. Other things such as the links browser would also not work, but text editing with elvis still functioned fine.
Having no idea how to track down the cause of this, I gave up and went back to using mrxvt, which has tabs anyway. (I had stopped using mrxvt when I had gone back to using KDE because I'd use its native konsole, but had since moved to fluxbox, installing Eterm for the suggested Esetroot program).
I quickly discovered that mrxvt has a configuration file (~/.mrxvtrc) where options can be kept instead of using a long command line. So here's what I have in my .mrxvtrc at the moment:
Mrxvt.geometry: 134x31+0+122
Mrxvt.foreground: grey
Mrxvt.textShadow: black
Mrxvt.transparent: True
Mrxvt.shading: 75
Mrxvt.showMenu: False
Mrxvt.transparentMenubar: True
Mrxvt.bottomTabbar: True
Mrxvt.transparentTabbar: True
Mrxvt.tabBackground: black
Mrxvt.tabForeground: white
Mrxvt.itabBackground: #000000
Mrxvt.itabForeground: #808080
Mrxvt.transparentScrollbar: True
Mrxvt.scrollbarStyle: plain
Mrxvt.scrollbarThickness: 10
Mrxvt.scrollbarFloating: True
Mrxvt.troughColor: #000000
Mrxvt.saveLines: 500
Mrxvt.appIcon: /usr/share/pixmaps/mrxvt.xpm
The colouring of the scrollbar (troughColor) only seems to work when the scrollbarStyle is set to plain, which was a bit annoying, but otherwise this gives me a terminal the way I like it to look when under X.
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