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Old 10-20-2003, 04:44 PM   #1
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how do I set IceWM background?

alright, last time I used IceWM, i set DesktopBackgroundImage="/path/to/pic.xpm" in my /username/.icewm/preferences file. Now that I've installed it again, this isn't working. Since I want a common background anyway, I tried setting this in the default configs, and the configs for all my different users, no luck. just the black/grey checkerboard default background. I even tried the IceWM control panel (icepref2 i think) and it won't set it correctly. any ideas?
Old 10-20-2003, 04:56 PM   #2
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forgot about running icewmbg at x startup, sorry, but new question:

my xinitrc looks like this:

exec icewm &
exec icewmbg &
exec numlockx &
exec xscreensaver &

but now when I logout of icewm, my system sits on the background, making me use ctrl-shift-bkspace to get out of X, any ideas?
Old 10-21-2003, 07:25 AM   #3
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The documentation in iceWM recomends executing
icewmbg before icewm.... dont know why

but personally, ive never been able to get icewmbg to work when issued from
Old 10-25-2003, 12:09 AM   #4
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Update! I just received the new icebgset 1.1 and everything works perfectly now! This is great news, as I've spent the better part of the last 6 months, (with MUCH googling and NO help from anyone!), trying to configure pygtk in the way that icepref/IceWMCP wants it to be to work! God what a nightmare THAT has been! longer...

Anyway, there had been an issue with icebgset in releases 1.0 and earlier that caused it to "freeze up" when trying to install a background. This was iritating in that you had to either Ctrl-Alt-Backspace out of it, or Xkill it, and the background you were trying to use would not stay put when re-logging in to IceWM.

As of today, 10/24/03, the newest release of icebgset, created by Vadim A. Khohlov, works PERFECTLY!

Not only is there no longer a freeze-up, but the background image you choose will be there again when you re-login!

With this new bug-fix, Icecc is now your complete and dependable all-in-one configurator for EVERYTHING in IceWM with ease!

Last edited by Dapper Dan; 10-25-2003 at 08:30 AM.


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