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Okay... So I got IceWM installed, posting from it now in fact. But I'm having some problems getting it customized in any way. I found the preferences file in my ...
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- 04-04-2008 #1
[SOLVED] Lost in IceWM
Okay... So I got IceWM installed, posting from it now in fact. But I'm having some problems getting it customized in any way. I found the preferences file in my /usr/share/icewm directory. I decided to start small with it, figured I would go for a desktop background and such. Added the files for the image, removed the hash mark to enable it. Logged out, logged back in... no changes.
I also tried to add Firefox to the menu bar as a program, that didn't go over to well either. I was already hooked up with a link to get me started on it, but I must be goofing somewhere.
Anybody wanna throw a few suggestions my way?
- 04-04-2008 #2
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- 04-04-2008 #3
- 04-04-2008 #4
jayd512, which distro are you running? I think I remember Slackware? If you haven't already, download and install icewm-themes. (This is for Slackware 9.1 but will still work). After the themes are installed, you should be able to choose from them in your IceWM menu.
Look in your home directory and see if you have a hidden configuration directory called:
menu preferences taskbar theme toolbar
cp -r /usr/local/icewm /home/jayd512Code:
mv icewm .icewmCode:
chown -R jayd512:users .icewm
It's just easier to scale your desired background image to the same size as your resolution. Then open the preferences file with your favourite editor as regular user:
# Desktop background image # DesktopBackgroundImage=""
# Desktop background image DesktopBackgroundImage="/home/dapper/treebluesky.jpg" # Color to announce for semi-transparent windows # DesktopTransparencyColor="" # Image to announce for semi-transparent windows # DesktopTransparencyImage=""
Again, using your favourite editor:
prog Konsole konsole konsole prog Oldhome oldhome konqueror /mnt/hda11/dapper prog Xchat xchat xchat prog VirtualBox virtualbox VirtualBox prog konqueror konqueror konqueror /home/dapper prog OpenOffice stock_openoffice.png soffice -writer prog Cedega cedega cedega prog GTK-Gnutella GTK gtk-gnutella prog Totem totem totem prog Xmms icon xmms
Edit the same way:
prog Evolution /mnt/hda14/opt/kde/share/icons/crystalsvg/48x48/apps/evolution.png evolution-2.6 prog Firefox /mnt/hda14/opt/kde/share/icons/crystalsvg/48x48/apps/firefox.png firefox prog konqueror /mnt/hda14/opt/kde/share/icons/crystalsvg/48x48/apps/konqueror.png konqueror /home/dapper prog OpenOffice /mnt/hda14/usr/share/icons/Rodent/48x48/apps/ooo_writer.png soffice -writer
Hope this helps some...
- 04-04-2008 #5
Oz, actually, I have the info pages for IceWM that you mentioned bookmarked I got a lot of use out of them and managed to find and edit some of the necessary files. I ran into trouble when I tried to put my changes into effect.
Dan, this is an awesome amount of info! Thanks a bunch! I'm at work posting right now, so I'll have to wait to try it when I get home tonight. The only thing that might make a difference is this... I botched a few things in slack, so I went back to Fedora 7 for the time being. Will all this info still work for me? Or do I need to make a few changes as far as the syntax of the commands?
Thanks again, Dan!
- 04-04-2008 #6
- 04-05-2008 #7
I installed IceWM using yum, and it got placed in my /usr/share directory. And it is listed as a session choice. In fact, I can get logged in to IceWM without a problem.
And this might help some:
cd /usr/share/icewm ls -a . .. menu preferences taskbar theme toolbar
- 04-05-2008 #8
Looking good! The reason I asked is because when I was using Red Hat 9, you had to edit files to make IceWM appear as a sessions choice in gdm. In .icewm/preferences, you might just want to look through all the hundreds of ways you can configure your desktop. I don't fool with most of it, but there is a whole lot available to configure there.
- 04-05-2008 #9
Looks great, Dan! I'll give this a shot and report back on how it goes. Before I do though, i just wanna make sure I did the menu options correctly. if I happen to use an icon (whether for the menu or the taskbar), is the path to these icons typically part of the IceWM directory? Or are they stored in the directory with the app 9i.e. mozilla directory for the Firefox icon)?
- 04-05-2008 #10
I'm a sucker for doing everything easy... What I do is just do a "locate" on the app's icon. For instance, if I wanted the firefox icon on the taskbar, I'd first locate it...
/usr/ports/opt/firefox/firefox.png /usr/share/icons/crystalsvg/16x16/apps/firefox.png /usr/share/icons/crystalsvg/32x32/apps/firefox.png /usr/share/icons/crystalsvg/48x48/apps/firefox.png /usr/share/pixmaps/firefox.png
prog Firefox /usr/share/icons/crystalsvg/48x48/apps/firefox.png firefox