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freelancer1766 04-22-2005 07:15 PM

Root-tail problem
Hey everyone,

Recently i was trying out root-tail, and after playing around with it for a while, i was able to get it to work somewhat. the only problem is the following:

I run Ubuntu with Gnome 2.8,and i added the root-tail command to my start-up programs. Now what happens is that when i log in, i can see the root window with the var/logs/messages, but once the desktop has finished loading, my background completely hides the logs. So basically what i need to know is how i can get the logs on my desktop, preferably on a transparent terminal.

has anyone had experience with this and been able to get around it?


cs-cam 04-23-2005 01:24 AM

I haven't used it in a heavy DE like GNOME but I used it on fluxbox for a little while with no drama. Chances are nautilus is drawing your desktop over it, does it work if you don't run it at start up but do it manually from a terminal after GNOME has fully loaded? If it does work then just change your command that starts it to "sleep 5 && root-tail -etc" but if you get the same problem then maybe Google or check the program options because nautilus would be always drawing over it.

freelancer1766 04-23-2005 03:53 PM

Yeah, I had a feeling nautilus was doing that. and actually trying to run it after everythings been loaded doesn't help either, it still gets printed behind the desktop. I checked the man pages for root-tail, and it states that:

"Some desktop environments open a virtual root window and make it difficult to share it. If you cannot see anything after starting root-tail, try to find a setting "allow programs on desktop" or similar...."

i looked around recently for any such setting in gnome, but didn't really find anything. Basically the program does work, and i exported the appropriate variables to .Xauthority such as the display.

cs-cam 04-23-2005 07:29 PM

If you're serious about giving this a try, you'd probably have more luck in looking around using the gconf editor. Not sure of it's exact name but it'd give you access to some of the more advanced options that you could change.

freelancer1766 04-25-2005 07:54 PM

Thanks for the tip cs-cam. Yeah the option in the Gconf editor is

apps>nautilus>preferences>show desktop.

Unchecking this will expose the hidden root-window.
The drawback is that you lose desktop commands and icons. Since i only use icons with the gnome-panel anyway, that's ok.

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