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  1. #1
    buugmenot NNTP User

    Default Fluxbox problem


    I have a problem with fluxbox
    I installed it but it isn't already in the sessions menu
    i tried this installation guide:

    '.:F L U X B O X:. - Documentation - FAQ'
    (http://fluxbox.sourceforge.net/docs/en/faq.php#gdm)

    there i did no.4 but it didn't work
    the folder sessions didn't exist only presession and another one
    i am using gnome and opensuse 11.1


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  2. #2
    Yosuf Mossad Mohammed Vitriolus NNTP User

    Default Re: Fluxbox problem

    > it isn't already in the sessions menu

    is there a reason you didn't want to install using the "One-Click
    Install" found from http://software.opensuse.org/search ?

    If you used that method it _should_ automatically install it
    correctly AND add it to the sessions menu.

  3. #3
    buugmenot NNTP User

    Default Re: Fluxbox problem


    i took 1-klick-install but it isn't working


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  4. #4
    Yosuf Mossad Mohammed Vitriolus NNTP User

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    > i took 1-klick-install but it isn't working

    Oops, THAT is unlucky. :-(

  5. #5
    buugmenot NNTP User

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    what is to do to make it working?


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  6. #6
    yamatotakeru NNTP User

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    Assuming that 'fluxbox' is installed (I've just tried the 1-click
    thingie, but the package did not get installed for me), the first thing
    is to check 'fluxbox.desktop'.

    [One way to check is if the package is installed is to enter: "rpm -q
    fluxbox" at the command line in a terminal. "rpm -ql fluxbox" gives you
    where 'fluxbox' files are located. This usually is correct, though a few
    packages have lied to me recently.]

    Make sure that that file is pointing to the correct executable for the
    program: '/usr/bin/fluxbox' or simply 'fluxbox'.

    'xxx.desktop' ('icewm.desktop'for 'IceWm', for example) resides in
    either one or both of the two places:
    (1) /usr/share/kde4/apps/kdm/sessions,
    (2) /usr/share/xsessions

    (1) is for the KDE4 installation. If you are using KDE3, the file
    should be in /opt/kde3/.../sessions. I don't do GNOME.

    The files in these directories are executable ASCII files; you can edit
    them if you are 'root'.

    Go to the directory and view the content of 'fluxbox.desktop'
    (right-click; left-click may launch the program).

    The following is for my installation of 'blackbox':

    [Desktop Entry]
    X-SuSE-translate=true
    Encoding=UTF-8
    Type=XSession
    Exec=blackbox
    TryExec=blackbox
    Name=Blackbox
    Name[bn]=...
    ...

    What you are interested in is the two lines pointing to the probable
    location of the executable for the window manager. In your case, they
    should look like:

    Exec=fluxbox
    TryExec=fluxbox

    If the 'fluxbox' executable is located in /usr/local/bin,
    "Exec=/usr/local/bin/fluxbox" should get you going. My 'icewm.desktop'
    said 'Exec=icewm-session' instead of 'Exec=icewm', I think.

    Don't forget to become 'root' to edit the file.


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  7. #7
    buugmenot NNTP User

    Default Re: Fluxbox problem


    i have gnome
    there isn't the folder with usr/share/xsession is only icewm, gnome and
    another one but not fluxbox


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  8. #8
    buugmenot NNTP User

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    It is working!
    i only had to create the fluxbox.desktop in usr/share/xsession

    thanks

    but the desktop is all empty is that normally?
    and i didn't find a button for logout?
    that is really empty
    can i change this but it should still be resource friendly


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  9. #9
    yamatotakeru NNTP User

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    "only had to create the fluxbox.desktop in usr/share/xsession"

    (1) But you should find that in the GDM directory, something like
    /usr/share/GNOME/.../gdm/sessions/. Or use a search command,like:
    $ find /usr/share -name 'fluxbox.desktop'
    And check the search result. You can use a GUI wrapper app like
    'kfind', 'gfind'(?) If you are going to experiment with light-weight
    window mangers, you should know the directory, as 'xxx.desktop' is often
    configured wrong.


    "The desktop is all empty is that normally? and i didn't find a button
    for logout?"

    (2) Well, I've installed 'fluxbox' (1-Click Install), this time from a
    different repo (OBS/home:/sdrahn); a somewhat older version,
    'fluxbox-1.1.1-4.1'.

    (3) From my experience, you should have had no problem at all. Perhaps
    remove the current installed 'fluxbox', and install this one.

    (4) Anyway, assuming that you are actually in 'fluxbox', yes, the
    screen is quite bare (no resource-hogging icons, etc). But if you click
    the right mouse button, a menu box should pop up, with three items:
    'xterm', 'Run', 'Fluxbox menu', if you have not generated a menu of your
    own yet. Click on 'Fluxbox menu', you'll get 'Exit'

    If you cannot get this menu, you are truly in a trouble. I suggest you
    do (3).

    (5) I was pleasantly surprised this time that Mr SD Rahns' rpm package
    created and installed personal configuration file in $HOME/.fluxbox,
    automagically. In the past I had to do this manually. Nice.

    (6) $ ls .fluxbox
    apps fbrun_history init lastwallpaper menu.bak overlay startup
    windowmenu
    backgrounds icons keys menu menuconfig pixmaps styles

    Of these files, you'll be interested in, at first: menu, init,
    startup.

    (7) 'menu' gives you the pop-up menu when you right-click on an empty
    spot on the screen/desktop. There's 'menu.bak' now, because I have
    created a new menu.

    $ /usr/bin/fluxbox-generate_menu

    You type the command in a terminal; I suppose 'fluxbox-generate_menu'
    will do fine, too. This creates a menu for your system, overwriting the
    bare-bone system menu. Since you use GNOME, there will be many GNOME
    apps I don't have.

    Edit the file ($ gedit $HOME/.fluxbox/menu, perhaps), to customize for
    yourself. You can see, and follow, patterns in the structure of the
    'menu' file.

    (8) The 'init' file:
    session.menuFile: ~/.fluxbox/menu
    session.keyFile: ~/.fluxbox/keys
    session.configVersion: 10

    If you want to use a different menu file, say, my_local_menu, edit the
    first line:
    session.menuFile: ~/.fluxbox/my_local_menu

    You can call the menu file any way you like, so long as its name is
    registered here.

    (9) "startup". Put the name of the application you'd like to start
    automatically in 'fluxbox', like:
    /usr/bin/korganizer &

    As the comment says: don't forget "&" at the end of the line.

    (10) "Run" in the menu lets you enter the name of a program to launch
    it with navigating through the menu or from a terminal.

    I' assuming that you are new to this sort of things. If you an old hand
    at it, my apology for the details.


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  10. #10
    buugmenot NNTP User

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    At first many thanks for this long answer.
    I will try this next time, but first I have to translate in German
    because I don't understand much now
    find / -name fluxbox.desktop couldn't find anything i need.
    so i maybe have to install fluxbox with your package

    and i am a linux newbie


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