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Old 09-27-2010, 05:07 PM   #1
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Include trackpad and battery support on startup on iBook(tm)

Hello, all. This is my first post here, so basically I thought I'd add a little info. I own an iBook(tm), which I installed Linux on. Yes, I really like Apple(r), but Snow Leopard won't run on her, and I like the fact Linux is open source.

However, I wrote a little interactive script to 'sudo trackpad tap', 'sudo trackpad drag', and also putting it short, to have the iBook(tm) properly show me the battery--and I have to do this *every time* I boot and login.

The point is that I have to 'turn on' my trackpad and battery features with root privileges--and I'm not sure if the /etc/rc scripts will like this. I've looked in there in ubuntu 10.04, and I'm not seeing any sudo commands on boot--any ideas to automate this process?

This seriously would be appreciated! Thanks for reading.

Last edited by agreimann; 09-27-2010 at 05:58 PM.
Old 09-27-2010, 10:26 PM   #2
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Answering back. I apologize for taking up anyone's time here--after working with the computer a while, I found that modifying a file in my home folder did the trick. I'll post this for other users to read if they search for the same thing:

- Install Fluxbox if you don't already have it installed (it's my favorite window manager.)
- Reboot, and login to your account with Fluxbox in Sessions.
- Then, press Alt+F2 (or whatever you reassigned your keys to) to bring up the run box, and type (again, dependent on what you have installed) 'leafpad ~/.fluxbox/startup', 'gedit ~/.fluxbox/startup', or 'kate ~/.fluxbox/startup'. (If you're feeling truly geeky, open a terminal and vi ~/.fluxbox/startup).

Add apps to the file and save it.

Thanks, everyone.

Last edited by agreimann; 09-27-2010 at 10:53 PM.


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