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Old 02-07-2005, 12:02 AM   #1
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fluxbox / aterm display issue

hello, i'm new here, new to linux, just installed stage3 gentoo for my first distro. i've installed but not stuck with configuring old red hat, freebsd and i did install demudi but i'm saving that for another computer. i have everything going nicely, and even with stage3 doing most of the work i feel like i've learned enough about linux having come from an intense windows development background to start finding out more. especially since weird things like this happen! up until now, man has been a big help but finally something it can't answer, i think:

i'm running fluxbox on gentoo and i'm trying to get aterm to behave properly. i'm passing an exec command with options to start my aterm (at the end of my etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc), sometimes with tinting, transparency, etc., but when fluxbox loads the aterm is a solid color of some kind. if i only have tinting on, typing 'clear' will clear the window and it will look fine. if transparency is on, then i have to alt+drag and when i release the window somewhere it will redraw correctly.

how do i get the aterms to open up properly on the first try? i know there are a number of configuration files - the fluxbox-apps, xinitrc, style, etc. - so i'm thinking maybe my command is getting overridden and the last draw command sent to the display renders it solid? then why would dragging it fix the appearance?? this is weird...

also, i've read that it's a 'buggy' component, so maybe it just won't work for me, but i think most people have gotten it to work with relative ease...

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Old 02-07-2005, 12:22 AM   #2
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Check whatever's setting your root window. It's probably a rootCommand in your theme (or is it style?) file. Try popping that out and loading it first in your .xinitrc and telling aterm to load last after 'sleep'ing for a second or two. I think what it is is that aterm loads before the root background is established, so doesn't know what to be pseudo-transparent to, so to speak.

Probably an elegant way, but that worked for me before I got tired of fluxbox and transparent aterms.
Old 02-07-2005, 12:42 AM   #3
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wow, fast reply. sounds likely, will try if i can battle sleep!
luckily, i've got a few weeks of aterm excitement before i can legitimately get all jaded about the visual tweaks on linux. as i prepare to learn ruby...
Old 02-07-2005, 05:21 AM   #4
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Try using wmsetbg to set your background...

I had this problem in my fvwm setup... but fvwm being what it is, a "fake click"+"parental relativity"+wmsetbg did the trick...

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maybe it also depends on you graphics viewer, like xv ?? i've installed 'feh' and then doing fbsetbg works perfectly
Old 02-07-2005, 01:58 PM   #6
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The best way is to create .Xdefaults in your home dir.
touch .Xdefaults
add something like this
aterm*cursorColor: green
aterm*colorMode: true
aterm*borderwidth: 0
aterm*pointerColor: yellow
aterm*tinting: blue
aterm*transparent: true
aterm*shading: 60
aterm*background: black
aterm*foreground: white
aterm*scrollBar: false
aterm*fading: 60
aterm*geometry: 100x30+20+5
aterm*truetintingType: True
aterm*textType: and Reverse
aterm*loginShell: True
aterm*scrollKeypress: true
aterm*font: -*-fixed-medium-r-*-*-15-*-*-*-*-*-iso8859-1

also I use .xinitrc again in home
Esetroot -scale prettyocean.jpg
torsmo &
exec fluxbox
*also make sure the style you are using is not setting the root window*

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Old 02-07-2005, 10:58 PM   #7
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ok, turned out to be xv. i installed feh and now everything's working fine with transparencies/alpha settings. wow, i spent like a day trying to figure this out, and it turned out to be kinda simple. but i learned a lot anyway! thanks everyone! thanks tux! (in my diseased imagination, there's a little penguin named tux inside of my computer writing all the code to my display on a brother typewriter)


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