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Just annotations of little "how to's", so I know I can find how to do something I've already done when I need to do it again, in case I don't remember anymore, which is not unlikely. Hopefully they can be useful to others, but I can't guarantee that it will work, or that it won't even make things worse.

Prototype/principle for a wrapper script for multiple media players to use the same Openbox keybindings, depending on which one is running

Posted 03-25-2021 at 10:50 AM by the dsc (linux-related notes)
Tags mpc, mpv, openbox

Most likely not the most elegant way of doing it, and not fully functional (for mpv) regarding the display of media info:


if pgrep -x mpv ; then

echo '{"command": ["playlist-next"]}' > /tmp/mpvsocket

#title=$(echo '{ "command": ["get_property", "media-title"] }'  >  /tmp/mpvsocket)

#title=( $(wmctrl -l | grep mpv$ ) ) 

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The Vivaldi browser is gradually incorporating UI customization features that bring it closer to Opera 12

Posted 03-22-2021 at 05:14 PM by the dsc (linux-related notes)

And I guess also adding some new interesting ones, like tab stacking, even though that may be originally from Chrome itself, even if perhaps Vivaldi may add some extra options, I don't know -- auto-stacking, maybe.

The last time I checked, it seemed just as another Chrome variant that only had a few tweaks I didn't even like on the GUI, and little on useful customizations. Now it even has mouse gestures enabled by default, and without even realizing, I'm often closing and opening...
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Second auto-hiding tint2 panel equivalent to Openbox' client-list combined menu, on the top-center of the screen

Posted 03-10-2021 at 03:13 PM by the dsc (linux-related notes)
Updated 03-10-2021 at 03:36 PM by the dsc
Tags openbox, tint2

The client-list combined menu shows a list of windows from all desktops, with the window titles. It's good for moving fast to a given window when you have lots of them spread around, maximized and minimized. But it does not allow you to move windows between desktops, and requires a click in order to be activated.

Tint2 taskbar is able to do both things, and does not need clicking to be brought, with the auto-hide functionality set. But the standard inconvenience is that it's a horizontal...
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tint2conf -- very nice configuration tool for tint2, comes by default with Debian's tint2, I guess

Posted 03-07-2021 at 06:07 PM by the dsc (linux-related notes)
Tags openbox, tint2

I've been using tint2 for ages already, and I didn't know this config program existed. I've even had found something that looks like an older version of it before I found out I actually had it installed already.

I'm not that much into it for the merely aesthetical aspect of the configuration, but because it allows you (indirectly) to create something like a secondary tint2 bar that's quite different from...
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Making Dolphin instances launched by Chrome or Firefox follow the QT theme set elsewhere, in Openbox, possibly other non-KDE environments

Posted 03-05-2021 at 12:46 PM by the dsc (linux-related notes)
Updated 03-07-2021 at 06:28 PM by the dsc

I had this issue, if I clicked to open a folder for a downloaded file on Chrome, the Dolphin file manager launched would be somewhat theme-less, even without any icon theme set, making it less usable than the same program if I ran it from an Openbox menu or "alt+F2" run command.

While I was hoping there was a somewhat "secret" environment variable that I hadn't set in order to make it work right, I couldn't find one. Instead the only "solution" I have...
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