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Old 11-09-2003, 02:24 PM   #1
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openbox3 + gnome-panel = SOL

I've read the other threads and this is either a bug, or the one person who knows the correct incantation hasn't read them yet.

I want to use openbox3 together with gnome-panel
I start from a console with startx

I'm hooked on dockapps
I need a visual pager (bbpager, fluxter, and all the others I tried with ob2 don't work)
I can program the ob3 keyboard shortcuts to do what I want
I like to TOGGLE vertical and horizontal maximization (it's 1-way with metacity)

What I've tried:

1. naive xinitrc

/usr/bin/openbox &
exec gnome-panel

FAILED with corba errors (as noted in many other posts at and gentoo forums)

2. gnome-session

the standard answer is to use 'openbox --replace' and then save your gnome session with 'gnome-session-save'. How do I ditch nautilus to get the ob3 menus?

FAILED with a hang on the restart of X with startx (Ctrl-Atl-Backspace to the rescue)

3. start openbox, wait, manually start gnome-panel

SUCCESS: this is the only thing that works

4. edit the gconf database using gconf-editor and change the window-manager key

FAILED: the ~/.gconf window-manager key HAS NO EFFECT, it keeps getting reset to metacity

5. googling most combinations of openbox|xinitrc|gnome-panel|... that I could think of

No answer

What I haven't tried:

1. renaming the openbox executable to metacity

I'm beginning to think that this is the only way of fixing this.

Old 11-19-2003, 05:02 AM   #2
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I also wonder how to fix this, as on the screenshots on the openbox3 site. It sux that there is no friendly manual to read about this.


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