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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
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.

https://manpages.ubuntu.com/manpages...nt2conf.1.html

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 the main one.

For the main one I have a very traditional task bar, showing only the tasks of the current desktop. It auto-hides from below. I was using another one at the top to list tasks from all desktops, which was almost satisfactory. But I think I didn't have the tasks names there, only the icons. So it ended up being worse than Openbox own menu that shows applications for all desktops, except that it didn't require a click to display.

I even tried using xdotool to bring Openbox' own menu as alternative, but it doesn't work perfectly.

So I went back to tint2, intending to the all-desktops task bar more similar to Openbox' menu, a vertical list, and with the nearly full names of all tasks. Editing it manually was very frustrating. But this config tool has a GUI and an almost live-preview thing, that led me to understand that tint2 simply can't be configured exactly how I imagined, with a vertical drop-down list at the center of the desktop. A proper vertical list will only work at the sides. Or at least that's why what the GUI config and the result led me to conclude.
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