Mint 12 Tips & Tricks Guide (updated Jan 10)

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Re: Mint 12 Tips & Tricks Guide (updated Nov 30)

Post by schavery » Wed Nov 30, 2011 6:01 pm

Gnome login sound is not in my startup applications after running the sed command to display all apps. I looked in the /etc/xdg/autostart directory for the gnome-login-sound file, but its not there. I am 100% positive that I am running linux mint 12 x64.

Why would it not be present? Where else should I look?

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Re: Mint 12 Tips & Tricks Guide (updated Nov 30)

Post by bimsebasse » Wed Nov 30, 2011 6:43 pm

Hmm, it should be there even before running the command.

Can you paste the contents of your libcanberra-login-sound.desktop file here?

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gksudo gedit /usr/share/gnome/autostart/libcanberra-login-sound.desktop
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Re: Mint 12 Tips & Tricks Guide (updated Dec 1)

Post by rewyllys » Wed Nov 30, 2011 9:11 pm

What an excellent compilation!

Many, many thanks for pulling all those ideas together and, especially, for presenting them in such a clear and easily usable manner. :D

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Re: Mint 12 Tips & Tricks Guide (updated Dec 1)

Post by schavery » Thu Dec 01, 2011 1:19 am

@bimsebasse

Thanks for your tip. I edited the file you pointed me towards, /usr/share/gnome/autostart/libcanberra-login-sound.desktop, and turned NoDisplay=true into NoDisplay=false.

Now it shows up in my startup applications list.

Thanks again!

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Re: Mint 12 Tips & Tricks Guide (updated Dec 1)

Post by bimsebasse » Thu Dec 01, 2011 2:13 am

No worries, better include it in the tip if there are others who need this extra step
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Re: Mint 12 Tips & Tricks Guide (updated Dec 1)

Post by roger64 » Thu Dec 01, 2011 6:14 am

What a good thread! Thanks you very much. I used some tips very successfully (buttons to the left, extensions list, notification icon space, create a launcher and so on). I dare not yet move to the bottom panel though but I think about it... :D

I wonder if somebody thought about reinstalling the Up arrow Up in Nautilus ?

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Re: Mint 12 Tips & Tricks Guide (updated Dec 1)

Post by z06gal » Thu Dec 01, 2011 12:11 pm

I have made the majority of these tweaks and everything is great except one issue = when I reboot or power up my desktop is black. I use a picture from my picture folder as my background and it doesn't keep it. I was just curious if that has occurred with anyone else. It is easy enough to reset but I thought I'd ask. Thanks :wink:


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Re: Mint 12 Tips & Tricks Guide (updated Dec 1)

Post by Oscar799 » Thu Dec 01, 2011 12:23 pm

z06gal wrote:I have made the majority of these tweaks and everything is great except one issue = when I reboot or power up my desktop is black. I use a picture from my picture folder as my background and it doesn't keep it. I was just curious if that has occurred with anyone else. It is easy enough to reset but I thought I'd ask. Thanks :wink:


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Not sure what has happened there - did you set you wallpaper using SystemSettings>Appearance>Background>Wallpapers and click the "+" button to "fetch" your wallpaper
I did that and mine doesn't disappear...
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Re: Mint 12 Tips & Tricks Guide (updated Dec 1)

Post by bimsebasse » Thu Dec 01, 2011 12:59 pm

z06gal wrote:I have made the majority of these tweaks and everything is great except one issue = when I reboot or power up my desktop is black. I use a picture from my picture folder as my background and it doesn't keep it. I was just curious if that has occurred with anyone else. It is easy enough to reset but I thought I'd ask. Thanks :wink:


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If you get black screen, one of two things have happened

1) wrong path
2) permissions need to be changed

if 2), right click on the image in your Pictures directory and under the permissions tab make sure "Others Access" is set to "read-only" and not to "none" (let me know if you still can't get it working after this.)
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Re: Mint 12 Tips & Tricks Guide (updated Dec 1)

Post by z06gal » Thu Dec 01, 2011 1:05 pm

I checked that and it is set to read only. Thanks


Edit: I failed to mention something that may help = when I reboot and the screen is black, nothing happens on the desktop when I right click. I have to open the system settings and go to appearance to reset the background. The background will immediately show and then I get my right click back so it's like I am losing my desktop although my super button does work if I use it to get to applications. Thank you so much for your help.
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Re: Mint 12 Tips & Tricks Guide (updated Dec 1)

Post by bimsebasse » Thu Dec 01, 2011 1:07 pm

and still not working? can you paste the contents of your unity-greeter.conf file here?
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Re: Mint 12 Tips & Tricks Guide (updated Dec 1)

Post by z06gal » Thu Dec 01, 2011 1:11 pm

bimsebasse wrote:and still not working? can you paste the contents of your unity-greeter.conf file here?

I edited my post above bim. You beat me with this post. Lol...my post above doesn't help, let me know where the unity-greeter.conf file is?

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Re: Mint 12 Tips & Tricks Guide (updated Dec 1)

Post by bimsebasse » Thu Dec 01, 2011 1:19 pm

that's the file opened using the command from the tip

but it sounds like your issues run deeper than a potential typo in the greeter.conf - not sure what has happened there :? The worst thing that can happen editing that one line in the greeter.conf is black login screen (wrong path or file without proper permissions) - right clicking on desktop etc. would still work.
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Re: Mint 12 Tips & Tricks Guide (updated Dec 1)

Post by z06gal » Thu Dec 01, 2011 1:23 pm

bimsebasse wrote:that's the file opened using the command from the tip

but it sounds like your issues run deeper than a potential typo in the greeter.conf - not sure what has happened there :? The worst thing that can happen editing that one line in the greeter.conf is black login screen (wrong path or file without proper permissions) - right clicking on desktop etc. would still work.

I am also running cairo dock and the image I have for its background stays so I'm not sure what has changed. Maybe it will fix itself in some update. Everything else is fine. I think I'll set the stock wallpaper and see what it does instead of using my pics folder. I do appreciate your help. :wink:

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Re: Mint 12 Tips & Tricks Guide (updated Dec 1)

Post by makecoldplayhistory » Thu Dec 01, 2011 11:37 pm

Awesome guide.

Thanks for taking the time to do it!

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Re: Mint 12 Tips & Tricks Guide (updated Dec 1)

Post by bimsebasse » Fri Dec 02, 2011 2:47 am

Thanks

No one has any fix requests or additions? Bit boring with just my tweaks :oops:
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Re: Mint 12 Tips & Tricks Guide (updated Dec 1)

Post by roger64 » Fri Dec 02, 2011 6:28 am

Hello

Yes. I do have a fix request. :D

In the shell, applications menu, I do not like the display of huge icons. Following your advice, I reduced it to 64px. However, now, the joint text is hardly readable. Is there a way to get a nice looking and readable display like in the second image?
(increasing place in css for the name of programs for example?)

Even with 118px icon-grid value, we have only one very short line to read the name of the program. We need in fact a lot more place to display the full name of many programs, specially in French...(look the second image). :D
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Re: Mint 12 Tips & Tricks Guide (updated Dec 1)

Post by justinjohn » Fri Dec 02, 2011 11:54 am

I went through a few of the steps in this guide, and suddenly I have 5x as many apps as I previously did, and its very disorganized...

screenshot: http://stuff.octorok.net/lotsaapps.png

plz HALP!!

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Re: Mint 12 Tips & Tricks Guide (updated Dec 1)

Post by bimsebasse » Fri Dec 02, 2011 12:45 pm

justinjohn, the fix for that is in the guide already - see the duplicated icons entry.
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Re: Mint 12 Tips & Tricks Guide (updated Dec 1)

Post by bimsebasse » Fri Dec 02, 2011 12:47 pm

roger64 wrote:Hello

Yes. I do have a fix request. :D

In the shell, applications menu, I do not like the display of huge icons. Following your advice, I reduced it to 64px. However, now, the joint text is hardly readable. Is there a way to get a nice looking and readable display like in the second image?
(increasing place in css for the name of programs for example?)
That was just an example that fit my widescreen - I'll look into what the best settings for smaller screens are.
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