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linus72 05-12-2009 08:21 PM

Configuring Fluxbox for Slack-12.2; how do I do it?
Alright, need to know where to find a easy to do newbie guide to fixing up fluxbox for slack?

I saw a debian forum posting one time about a guy who "wrote the book" on hooking up fluxbox; anyone know how to find it or know about it?

Basically, I'm trying to hook up SlimSlack and wanna use fluxbox; but wanna fix it up like a real wm (wallpapers, icons, etc)


MannyNix 05-12-2009 09:02 PM

Hi, I'm not sure if these are too basic for you, these have been helpful to me:
From Gentoo
Gentoo Fluxbox Wiki
Arch Fluxbox Wiki
Fluxbox docs
Ubuntu must have something even simpler.
Good luck

shadowsnipes 05-13-2009 12:08 AM

the fluxbox website has tons of docs that are simple to use. The configuration files are very plain. More than likely you will want some "accessory" programs. I recommend...

nitrogen - wallpaper handling
parcellite - clipboard/selection manager
mrxvt or urxvt - light terminals with transparency
unclutter - hide the rat
dmenu - super run menu

run xscreensaver-demo and setup your screensaver.
Don't forget to add "xscreensaver -no-splash &" to your startup file (I have mine after fluxbox starts).

if the default panel is not enough for you I recommend lxpanel along with ipager. I use that combo for openbox.

I can offer my config (or screenshots) as an example if you wish.

linus72 05-13-2009 06:29 AM

Alright, thanks guys.
Yes, please post config files/screenshots shadowsnipes, 'cause I don't know much about fluxbox.

Ilgar 05-13-2009 06:44 AM

Like the accessories shadowsnipes mentioned, there's also Rox-desktop which can itself be used as a desktop but is also used with lightweight window managers by some people to enhance the desktop management capabilities:

bloodsugar 05-13-2009 08:48 AM

I like Fluxbox, although It takes a long time to configure.

I found that the 'apps' file took the most time (the sizing of program windows, which workspace to open a particular program on, etc etc), but once its done and you get it how you like it, its great.

I discovered 'workspaces' a few months ago and theyve changed the way I work. Basically Ive got 4 'workspaces' (just 4 desktops really), and I have the apps I most use tied to their own workspace (1. desktop ( so no open app, just somewhere I can open the main FB menu), 2. filemanager, 3. torrent program, 4.web browser), these apps are started at login and are open all the time, and by simply putting the mouse on the toolbar at the bottom of the screen and scrolling with middle mouse, I can cycle through them easily.

But be prepared to put some hours in!

A tip for using wallpapers, use this entry in your menu:


[submenu]  (wallpapers)
[wallpapers]  (~/.fluxbox/backgrounds) {fbsetbg -u Esetroot -a}

The above relys on 'Eterm' being installed (Esetroot is included with Eterm). I find Esetroot better to set the wallpaper, as 'feh' the main alternative wallpaper setter wont keep the aspect ratio of my wallpaper (may have just been me though). When you right-click your fluxbox menu, you should see a 'wallpapers' submenu, and then your actual wallpapers that are in the 'backgrounds' folder. click on one and it should change.

linus72 05-13-2009 10:50 AM

awesome! thanks!

I am installing SlimSlack (Slack-On-Crack) to the New and Improved Portable-Slackware-12.2; and it only has Fluxbox, so I need to preconfigure Fluxbox so it'll run good and so a newbie can change wallpapers, etc.

I made a 3GB vhd for this one, so it'll fit on a 4GB usb, and it runs good off usb on windows or linux with XFCE4, so I thought fluxbox would be even better, resource-wise.

So, any help with fluxbox you can provide would be great.

wingevil 05-13-2009 12:43 PM


Originally Posted by linus72 (Post 3538845)
Alright, need to know where to find a easy to do newbie guide to fixing up fluxbox for slack?

I saw a debian forum posting one time about a guy who "wrote the book" on hooking up fluxbox; anyone know how to find it or know about it?

I think You talk about the the marvellous article from " sleekmason". The article is in the meantime transformed into a wiki, located by . look here:

It's the best one I've read about fluxbox.


Chromezero 05-13-2009 01:12 PM

The fluxbox wiki has a ton of good how-to's for configuring various parts of fluxbox. Have a look at Once you get the basic concepts, you can make a nice looking system pretty easily.

linus72 05-13-2009 03:52 PM

Ok, this didn't work, I just have a blank spot in the menu-

[submenu] (wallpapers)
[wallpapers] (~/.fluxbox/backgrounds) {fbsetbg -u Esetroot -a}

There's just a blank spot on the menu...?
Also, I installed eterm from sbo before doing the menu.

I am going to post the whole fluxbox menu here...

OH, where is "~/.fluxbox/backgrounds"??

bloodsugar 05-13-2009 04:20 PM


Originally Posted by linus72 (Post 3539819)
OH, where is "~/.fluxbox/backgrounds"??

You have to create that folder ;)

In a terminal do:


mkdir backgrounds
then drop your wallpapers into it.

linus72 05-13-2009 04:31 PM

I'm guessing "~/.fluxbox" is "/root/?" or what?

I'm trying to post the menu for fluxbox; but when I try to find the folder "~/.fluxbox" with Firefox, I can't find it!

It's a hidden folder, is that why neither I nor firefox can see it?
I am running as root-why is anything hidden?

also, the "backgrounds" folder is there, just empty-but the backgrounds menu entry still doesn't work.

repo 05-13-2009 04:53 PM


I'm guessing "~/.fluxbox" is "/root/?" or what?
"~/" means the home directory of the user you used to login.

linus72 05-13-2009 04:55 PM

OK, but with only MC as file manager; where is ".fluxbox"

repo 05-13-2009 04:57 PM

if you are logged in as root goto /root
if you are logged in as user goto /home/user

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