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Old 03-27-2012, 05:17 PM   #1
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Question Issue with file and window managers in Squeeze


Hi there,

recently I have decided to customize my desktop (GNOME on Squeeze) aiming to some more light-weightness...
Doing so, I mixed things up a bit...let me explain it per points:

1) I installed Openbox as window manager. When I login in a GNOME/Openbox session, everything is as expected; however, when I want to login into a "normal" only-GNOME session no window manager is loaded and I have to bring up a terminal and start Metacity manually. How can I fix this???

2) I have also installed PCMan as file manager. Now when I open a folder from the drop-down menu "Places" in gnome-panel, it is displayed using PCMan, while when I open a folder or a link on the desktop, it is handled by Nautilus. How can I set which file manager should be used exclusively???

That's all, sorry for the verbose post and thanks for your help.
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I can't give you definite answers, but I am going to try a shot in the dark on the nautilus/desktop issue.

Among other things, Nautilus manages the desktop for Gnome. I know that, if I open Nautilus in Fluxbox, I have to use the --no-desktop option or it takes over the desktop. Perhaps it's being used to manage the desktop in Open Box.
 
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Old 03-31-2012, 11:47 AM   #3
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Xfce is a nice light weight replacement for Gnome. I would suggest going that direction. Debian has that option from install. If your install is not that old that might be a option. Thunar with some plugins is much better than PCman.
 
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Thunar with some plugins is much better than PCman.
I have to agree with this. I have SalixOS--Fluxbox with PCman on my netbook. PCman is an okay lightweight file manager, but it's almost too lightweight. If I used my netbook more frequently than I now do, I would likely put Konqueror.
 
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I can't give you definite answers, but I am going to try a shot in the dark on the nautilus/desktop issue.
that was a good shot! the icons on the desktop were managed by Nautilus, I found out that another way to do not let it take over the desktop is using gconf:
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gconftool-2 -s -t bool /apps/nautilus/preferences/show_desktop false &

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Thunar with some plugins is much better than PCman.
May be true but one good thing about PCman is that can handle drawing icons on the desktop, even if that functionality would need a lot of improvement...


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Xfce is a nice light weight replacement for Gnome.
I have already tried Xfce once and it felt a little strange to me, so now I am trying to arrange my own light-weight configuration based on Openbox (for example, I am also playing around a bit with tint2) but I might give Xcfe a second chance..


some of you has any guess about the Metacity thing (even though I am loving Openbox and I will hardly go back)??
 
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Great! Glad you figured it out and glad I could help.

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