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yenonn 08-08-2003 08:45 PM

create a icon shortcut for my app in blackbox

i want to create a icon shortcut to my application and put it on to my desktop for blackbox. how can i do this??

how can i add more application lists into the dropdown list for blackbox?

how can i change the desktop background for blackbox??

ddpicard 08-08-2003 11:15 PM

To put Icons on my desktop I use ROX:

Also for my background image. I run:

rox -p=panel

As for the the menu, on my suse I make changes to a menu file located in:


Hope this helps.


ddpicard 08-08-2003 11:26 PM

Here is how my blackbox looks useing ROX with the pinboard.

Works great for me. Maybe you will like it. If not there is also idesk.


h1tman 08-15-2003 03:15 PM

i need to learn how to work Rox

Proud 08-15-2003 03:19 PM

I'd suggest Idesk for icons, and that you edit your ~/.blackbox/menu file instead of the system one in /usr/share/blackbox. But then I'd suggest you use Fluxbox instead of BB anyway ;)

yenonn 08-15-2003 07:52 PM

why not BB??, Fluxbox is so hard to install....tedious and troublesome to be installed...
where as, for BB, all i need to install is just a rpm file..
what is so good on Fluxbox compared to BB? pls convince me!

Mega Man X 08-15-2003 08:02 PM

You should definitely get bbkeys and bbconf too :) bbkeys allows you to create cool shortcut with the keyboard in blackbox, while bbconfig is great for menu editing and background/theme editing. BBconf also works together with bbkeys, so you can easily create keyboard shurtcuts graphically and painless ;).

I see you are on RedHat ...hmmm, if I'm not mistaken, you can get blackbox and bbkeys with apt-get. Nothing is easier then that :)

apt-get install blackbox
apt-get install bbkeys

To get bbconf to compile is simple too. All links are in blackbox homepage. apt-get you can download from here:

For desktops icons I dunno. I think it's a little against blackbox principles. You know, make a fast kicking ass desktop, then fill it with icons and heavy bars.... I think in this case, it's better Gnome or KDE which are heavy and fully featured :). But oh well, maybe that's just me :)

Good luck :)

Proud 08-16-2003 05:30 AM

yenonn, you can get .rpm packages of Fluxbox too :rolleyes:
And as it's a fork from BB, you shouldnt need to install anything else, and your BB themes and dockapps should work fine with it.

Using the funky devel releases isnt hard either, just su, extract, ./configure (--prefix=/usr for Mdk or RH), make, make install, as usual. :)

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