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coolwater 12-22-2003 04:08 AM

XFCE - where are all my programs, no program icon in the panel.
hi folks,
just installed redhat 9 and must say i m thrilled to be running it. although there's lot to learn considering my minimum computer knowledge...hoping i get my question to the point and understandable. here i go...

I just installed the XFCE 4.0 only cuz i heard its nice on the memory, doesnt take too much load comparing to gnome. Eventhough i have 320 mb ram. ..xfce loads much faster. For the last 24 hours i am trying and searching to figure out where are the programs. i get the regualr panel wihch includes ...terminal, file manager, mozilla, mail, music....etc. but there is no icon for the programs like in gnome. maybe i didnt install correctly...or maybe i need to add the command to the launcher...only i dont know what that command is..

Also, i have installed the themes for xfce but i have no clue how to install.


nexx_au 12-22-2003 06:21 AM

by default there is no such icons and im not sure if you can add one.

right click on the desktop, it will bring up a menu, can you access programs from there?

coolwater 12-22-2003 06:30 AM

thanks a lot ...for the info.

Right clicking i get these options...

- run program
- terminal
- file manager (xffm)
- web browser
- settings
- help

run program gives the option to run the programs by entering commands into the command line. how do i know which commands to enter? like if i want to run program what do i enter.. or a there a website which list all the commands for the programs .

please advice..thanks

lokee 12-22-2003 06:45 AM

For the desktop-right-click menu, you can generate one from your Gnome menu with this:

lokee 12-22-2003 06:53 AM

Oops forget the most important...
Here's the procedure(execute it from the command-line):

do this
exit #To come back to the user which you want to generate the menu for
mmaker -o ~/.xfce4/menu.xml XFce4

lokee 12-22-2003 06:59 AM

Another thing; since you just began your linux experience, I think it would be wiser to stick with KDE or Gnome to familliarise yourself for a moment.
Because right now, you're skipping steps; you're a little over your head(seeing you don't know the names of your programs...)
XFCE is really lightweight, and that probably isn't what you need at the moment.
Of course, after a while, you'll be capable of changing of Desktop Envirenment.

coolwater 12-22-2003 07:52 AM

yeah i tihnk ur right...gonna stick to gnome for now until i get to know what i m doing... This is really a great OS...i've been using windows for years, although it will take some time to get used to it.. but i m sure its worth it.
thanks again for your advices...
really appreciate it.
take care.

conceptx 12-22-2003 10:38 AM

I don't know whether I made this by magic.
I had given up on trying to find programes from Xfce4 since all the basic programes I needed I could execute from Terminal and I also had left kde and gnome cos I was tired of having all these icons on my desktop though I needed the menu...
any when I went to my /home directory from Nautilus, opened Desktop from Nautilus and there was "Start Here" which I belive is enough for almost everything the good news is that when I closed it my Desktop had changed and had the basic icons.. [Start Here, Trash and Home]... though I lost my background picture how do I get it back ?
I use Slackware 9.1


ps you should conside the advise of first getting farmiliar with KDE or Gnome

lokee 12-23-2003 08:31 AM

From terminal:

killall nautilus
This is so because nautilus is not just the File Manager of Gnome, it also manages the desktop...
When you close the 'nautilus' window it doesn't kill the program, so it stay executing, that's why you have to kill it yourself.
There is an option to prevent it from doing so, look at the man entry.

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