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Old 11-05-2005, 07:26 PM   #1
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fluxbox : desktop shell

I have just installed fluxbox, and I would like to be able to type commands on my desktop. I am not sure of the term, but don't we call that "Desktop Shell" ? What shall I do/install therefore ?

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Old 11-05-2005, 09:13 PM   #2
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I guess you're talking about a terminal? Right-cliking any where on the desktop in fluxbox will give you a menu, by default it should have a terminal in there of some description, probably xterm. That will do what you want, however if you want to setup your menu according to what you have installed, you can edit the ~/.fluxbox/menu file, run fluxbox-generate_menu or download and install mmaker and use that
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In fact, I think I haven't well formulated my problem, that's why I am gonna try again :

I have already seen people on linux who have a picture in the background and who type commands on that picture, as if it was a "shell with wallpaper". I don't know if they were typing commands directly on the desktop, or if they had to open a shell with a background-picture set in this shell... but in both cases, I have no idea of how doing that with Fluxbox !

Do you see what I mean ?
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Thats a terminal with a transparent background so you can see your wallpaper behind it. Although it's not true transparency, it just renders your wallpaper in the right place in the shell. - this is mine.

I'm using aterm with this as the start command

aterm -name aterm -title 'FC4 Terminal -sl 3000 -sb -tr
You can google the various properties of aterm but this gives it 3000 lines of history, transparency etc etc.

to remove the title bar add a line in ~/.fluxbox/keys

MOD 1 T : ToggleDecor
This means that pressing alt (mod 1) (i use mod 4 which is the windows key) will hide/unhide the titlebar in the focused window.

Now i like my terminal to be there like that at startup so i put the start command in ~/.fluxbox/startup

and this in ~/.fluxbox/apps

[app] (aterm)
[Deco] {NONE}
This means that the titlebar is hidden everytime aterm starts, but to move it around you can alt-T to show the titlebar.
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Thanks a lot, Ethics, aterm is exactly what I was looking for.


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