Dock apps in Fluxbox

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Dock apps in Fluxbox

Postby educateme on Mon Mar 02, 2009 12:21 am

I'm having trouble running docks in Fluxbox. For example, I installed Awn but awn manager just flashed on the screen and disappeared. So I got rid of awn and installed kooldock. But that, too, just flashed on the screen and disappeared.

What do I do?
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Re: Dock apps in Fluxbox

Postby shane on Mon Mar 02, 2009 10:14 am

Hi!

I haven't yet tried Fluxbox with AWN and I've never tried kooldock at all... But I think the problem (esp with AWN) is that it requires compositing. Normally it is run with Compiz which itself is a window manager, like Fluxbox. And you can only have one window manager running at a time. So, I think your best bet would be to try running Fluxbox with compositing enabled using xcompmgr... and then trying to run AWN in this setup. I don't know much about kooldock to give you any real advice...

What I do suggest is that you have a look at wbar: http://code.google.com/p/wbar/

I have never run wbar either... let alone have it configured with Fluxbox... but you could give it a shot. It might work better than the other two.
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Re: Dock apps in Fluxbox

Postby shane on Mon Mar 02, 2009 11:47 am

I just tried messing around a bit with wbar... and I've got a decent setup... it is not perfect though.

First, install the wbar .deb package from the link I gave you above.

Second, create a file ~/.fluxbox/apps in your fluxbox folder if it isn't already present

Third, add this to the apps file you just created:

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[app] (name=wbar) (class=wbar)
  [Sticky]   {yes}
  [Layer]   {12}
  [Deco]        {NONE}
  [Hidden] {yes}
[end]


Fourth, add this line to your ~/.fluxbox/startup file

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wbar -jumpf 0 -pos top &


Log out and log back in... and ta daa!

Here is my screenshot.

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Re: Dock apps in Fluxbox

Postby educateme on Tue Mar 03, 2009 7:29 pm

Works great!

I'd still like to know how to edit the items on the bar, though.
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Re: Dock apps in Fluxbox

Postby shane on Tue Mar 03, 2009 8:04 pm

You will have to create a file ~/.wbar

The syntax for the file is as follows:

i: /path/to/icon.ong
c: /usr/bin/command-to-run
t: Title of item


Or you could install wbarconf to get a graphical tool to configure it... I haven't used it but it seems pretty straight forward. Here it is: http://www.ihku.biz/wbarconf/
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Re: Dock apps in Fluxbox

Postby meskarune on Fri Apr 09, 2010 9:24 pm

there is a GUI program called wbarconf http://www.gnomefiles.org/app.php/wbarconf that makes it super easy to configure wbar.
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