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Old 10-08-2003, 11:59 PM   #1
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A permanent terminal window?

I find myself using the terminal window so much. This can be an inconvenience sometimes. So I've been thinking about an ideal app. Heres the concept:

An always open terminal window at the bottom of the screen. Tabbed like Mozilla firebird with those fun quotes you get in the slackware one. I would also like the tabs to have the option of web browsing, not as in lynx, but something like firebird. Finally, it has to have some kind of a graphical file manager.

Do any such applications exist, and if not, how difficult would it be for me to implement xterm in mozilla firebird? Keep in mind that I do have some experience in programing.

Old 10-09-2003, 02:13 AM   #2
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Is opening a seperate window and tabbing it not something that works for you? Or do you not use ALT TAB to switch between apps?

I guess ultimately this would be a question of which window manager you use on how to setup something like that? In fluxbox, from your description, you could enable tabs, and then tab all your applications together, simply tabbing between them with either your mouse, or ALT TAB.

Or, maybe I'm missing the idea all together

Old 10-09-2003, 02:58 AM   #3
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Since I want a couple of terminals opened as soon as I log in, I use an .xsession file in my home directory. When I log in using gdm I simply choose the session type "xsession" and log in. Here's my .xsession. Keep in mind that I use fluxbox, your mileage may vary if you use desktops like KDE or Gnome.

# First, load the dockapps for the slit
wmdrawer &
wmcpuload &
wmmemload &
wmnetload &
wmapmload &
# Launch a terminal window (Eterm)
Eterm -F -windows-profontwindows-medium-r-normal-*-*-110-*-*-c-*-microsoft-cp1252 -g 80x32+519+0 &
# Another Eterm
Eterm -F -windows-profontwindows-medium-r-normal-*-*-110-*-*-c-*-microsoft-cp1252 &
# Finally, load the window manager. The exec prefix means the script's process
# will be replaced by the window manager so when it exits X is shut down
exec /usr/local/bin/fluxbox
And in order to get a little quote in each terminal when they are started I have this as the last few lines in my .bash_profile:

echo "--------------------------------------------------------------------------------"
fortune # Use the -o switch to fortune for only offensive jokes :-)
echo "--------------------------------------------------------------------------------"


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