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 Post subject: Adding programs to the Fluxbox menu
PostPosted: Mon Mar 24, 2008 6:35 am 
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This is the first distro I am using that uses Fluxbox so I am a bit unfamiliar with it. I installed xine-ui and VLC but neither of them showed up in the Fluxbox menu. How do I add them and other things to the fluxbox menu?


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I should reference a thread on this, but if I were you I'd just right click to get the fluxbox menu, go down to fluxbox, then file editing, then menu. That will open the fluxbox menu. Just stare at it until its logic becomes clear. Open fluxbox menu again to compare the actual menu and how the menu file is laid out.

Then insert whatever programs you want to appear on the menu by duplicating the syntax of the current entries. Hit save, close, and then open the menu again. Bingo, there's your program.


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That sounds so simple. Why does this part,
malanrich wrote:
Just stare at it until its logic becomes clear. Open fluxbox menu again to compare the actual menu and how the menu file is laid out.
, scare me?


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open your terminal
type "leafpad ~/.fluxbox/menu" and press enter
(leafpad is an editor....if you don't have it then just
insert the name of your editor instead of leafpad)

Once open, scroll to the section you wish to alter
ie: Office, Editors, etc.

To add a program....
[exec] (package name) {command}

example:
[exec] (links2) {links2 -g}

Open the "File" menu and choose "Save"

To remove a program....
use the mouse to highlight the entire line
delete the entire line
fill the vacant space

* removing a program / package from the menu
does not remove it from the system
use "apt-get remove <package name> to do that

Restart Fluxbox (may not be necessary depending on
which version you're using)

That'll do it.

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jdyahoo wrote:
That sounds so simple. Why does this part,
malanrich wrote:
Just stare at it until its logic becomes clear. Open fluxbox menu again to compare the actual menu and how the menu file is laid out.
, scare me?


Wasn't meant to scare you, jdyahoo. I only meant that once you've got the fluxbox menu *file* open it's interesting to open the fluxbox menu itself again so that you can see how the menu file produces what you see in the actual menu.

Once you get used to editing the fluxbox menu file, it's a very efficient and simple way to organize your antiX applications.

But moron provides the exact detail you need for modifying the file and thus the menu.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2008 5:49 pm 
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Try this thread on the Ubuntu Forums...
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=371144

It's as good a place to start as any, and it's a good tutorial & reference for all things Fluxbox. :)


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That's a great how-to and should work anywhere. However, putting Fluxbox on top of Ubuntu is hardly worth the effort. It's just to heavy if you have a modest system. I tried to add ICEwm to a server install of Dapper and really didn't notice much int the way of a performance increase. If you add it out of preference then your doing ok.

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There are many people on the Ubuntu Forums that would disagree with you there i think. :)

I agree that Ubuntu is somewhat heavy, certainly as a "Fully fledged Distro" (Depending upon what hardware you have of course) but the server install is a great way to get to learn debian/linux etc, and the end result can be rather lean & sprightly, even on older machines.

I've done several server installs & then installed software of choice (Fluxbox, Openbox, IceWM & relevant apps) with Dapper, Feisty, Edgy, Breezy etc, and although some have been better than others, they've all been pretty much OK.

NONE have been as good or as delightfully charming as antiX however! :D

The tutorial is a good one though, and RedSquirrel (along with kerry-s) has been using Fluxbox for quite some time now, and is a great source of help & encouragement.


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Kerry gave me some good tips for antiX a long long time ago when he was using Mepis and I started antiX. (it wasn't called that then)

The Ubuntu forums have a lot of good fluxbox info and Kerry and RedSquirrel really do know their stuff. In fact the next antiX testing will include stuff from Kerry.

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anticapitalista wrote:
Kerry gave me some good tips for antiX a long long time ago when he was using Mepis and I started antiX. (it wasn't called that then)

The Ubuntu forums have a lot of good fluxbox info and Kerry and RedSquirrel really do know their stuff. In fact the next antiX testing will include stuff from Kerry.


That's good to hear! :) It was Kerry, Red & bodhi_zazen that got me into minimal installs & alternate WM's using server installs on Ubuntu. Great fun, and (depending upon hardware of course) certainly worth doing.

Looking forward to seeing where antiX is going and what Kerrys input will be. Does he use (test) antiX?


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AFAIK Kerry is using Debian netinstall now and hasn't used/tested antiX.
He used to use Mepis quite a while back and used to frequent Mepislovers forum a lot and posted a lot of tips there.
The conky, pinboard, panel switch in the fluxbox menu I got from him.

The guy knows his wm stuff.

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