“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
“The desktop is all empty is that normally? and i didn’t find a button
(2) Well, I’ve installed ‘fluxbox’ (1-Click Install), this time from a
different repo (OBS/home:/sdrahn); a somewhat older version,
(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
(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
backgrounds icons keys menu menuconfig pixmaps styles
Of these files, you’ll be interested in, at first: menu, init,
(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.
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
(8) The ‘init’ file:
If you want to use a different menu file, say, my_local_menu, edit the
You can call the menu file any way you like, so long as its name is
(9) “startup”. Put the name of the application you’d like to start
automatically in ‘fluxbox’, like:
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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