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aragon

Joined: 15 Oct 2007
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Location: Germany

PostPosted: Wed 07 Jan 2009, 07:22    Post_subject:  Ratpoison Window Manager  

Home: http://www.nongnu.org/ratpoison/
Version: 1.4.3
Quote:

Ratpoison is a simple Window Manager with no fat library dependencies, no fancy graphics, no window decorations, and no rodent dependence. It is largely modelled after GNU Screen which has done wonders in the virtual terminal market.

The screen can be split into non-overlapping frames. All windows are kept maximized inside their frames to take full advantage of your precious screen real estate.


To start, log out and type
Code:
xwin ratpoison


Basic commands:
Ctrl-T + c = creates a new terminal
Ctrl-T + n = shows the next window
Ctrl-T + k = closes the actual window

Config file is /root/.ratpoisonrc
Manpage is at /usr/share/doc/ratpoison/ratpoison.1.html
For help on keystrokes type Ctrl-T + ?
Online-Doc is at http://www.nongnu.org/ratpoison/doc/

Added setting in .ratpoisonrc
Ctrl-T + a = Clock and Calendar
Ctrl-T + y = Directinput for commands
Ctrl-T + b = Directinput for url opens defaultbrowser with url
Ctrl-T + f = Directinput for searchword opens pfind with searchresult

All input/output will be through the status bar at the upper right corner.

Works with rox-desktop, but as windows are always fullscreen, this does only 'help', if no window is opened. Does not work well with a panel like fbpanel.

Cheers
aragon
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gerry

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PostPosted: Wed 07 Jan 2009, 15:46    Post_subject:  

Thanks, but I can't get it to work on the Acer Aspire One. This has Openbox as the wm. It installed ok, but when I exit to a prompt (control-alt-backspace) and type "xwin ratpoison" BOTH wm's start at once, creating a non-functional mess that needs power-off to stop.

I need to find out how to prevent Openbox from starting.

Heyho... Gerry
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aragon

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PostPosted: Thu 08 Jan 2009, 03:56    Post_subject:  

hi gerry,

sorry to hear that. maybe contact plinej or gray, they seem to be very famliliar with openbox.

cheers
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jamesjeffries2

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PostPosted: Tue 21 Apr 2009, 12:11    Post_subject:  

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I need to find out how to prevent Openbox from starting.

it could be that openbox is started in you /root/.xinitrc file.

please could you show us what is in it?
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ttuuxxx


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Location: Ontario Canada,Sydney Australia

PostPosted: Tue 21 Apr 2009, 13:12    Post_subject:  

jamesjeffries2 wrote:
Quote:

I need to find out how to prevent Openbox from starting.

it could be that openbox is started in you /root/.xinitrc file.

please could you show us what is in it?


also check /etc/windowmanager and type the WM you want to run like
jwm
icewm-sessions
openbox
etc
then just restartx server and your new window manager will run.
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aragon

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PostPosted: Tue 21 Apr 2009, 14:01    Post_subject:  

old thread,

solution might be that fbpabel/lxpanel are directly called from xinitrc if installed.

open
Code:
root/.xinitrc

near end of file
Code:
#v3.95 support fbpanel tray/taskbar...
#only launch tray for w.m. without inbuilt tray...
if [ "$CURRENTWM" != "jwm" -a "$CURRENTWM" != "icewm" ];then
 [ -f /usr/bin/fbpanel ] && fbpanel &
 [ -f /usr/bin/lxpanel ] && lxpanel &
fi

change only line if [ "$CURRENTWM" .... to
Code:
...
if [ "$CURRENTWM" != "jwm" -a "$CURRENTWM" != "icewm" -a "$CURRENTWM" != "ratpoison" ];then
...


save and restart X.

Maybe this helps.

aragon

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PostPosted: Sat 17 Aug 2013, 08:21    Post_subject:  

So here I am a few years on using precise, looking for a little change and stumbled across this pet. Downloaded fine, installed fine, and here I am using it now Very Happy
If anyone knows where one can get a pet of the latest version that would be great, not that I have a reason for needing it :/

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aragon

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PostPosted: Tue 20 Aug 2013, 11:02    Post_subject:  

hi,

please try it with the attached package.

Compiled also in 4.3.1 but not heavily tested.

aragon
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PostPosted: Wed 21 Aug 2013, 18:02    Post_subject:  

Just tried this new 1.4.6 pet in precise 5.6 and it seems to work good. Smile Thanks aragon.
I'm by no means a power/knowledgeable user, so if there's a way I can test it other than just general use be sure to let me know.
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aragon

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PostPosted: Thu 22 Aug 2013, 00:45    Post_subject:  

the-jub wrote:

I'm by no means a power/knowledgeable user, so if there's a way I can test it other than just general use be sure to let me know.

no just use it, that's enough Wink

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PostPosted: Wed 14 May 2014, 18:36    Post_subject:  

aragon wrote:
old thread,

solution might be that fbpabel/lxpanel are directly called from xinitrc if installed.

open
Code:
root/.xinitrc

near end of file
Code:
#v3.95 support fbpanel tray/taskbar...
#only launch tray for w.m. without inbuilt tray...
if [ "$CURRENTWM" != "jwm" -a "$CURRENTWM" != "icewm" ];then
 [ -f /usr/bin/fbpanel ] && fbpanel &
 [ -f /usr/bin/lxpanel ] && lxpanel &
fi

change only line if [ "$CURRENTWM" .... to
Code:
...
if [ "$CURRENTWM" != "jwm" -a "$CURRENTWM" != "icewm" -a "$CURRENTWM" != "ratpoison" ];then
...


save and restart X.

Maybe this helps.

aragon


actually ubuntu installs ratpoison in powerful way: if you install the debian menu package, ratpoison includes the debian menu and if you have an other window manager like Kde or the minimalist twm included in full xorg (you probably will have an other wm!) you can commute to it after the start of ratpoison so that you can use ratpoison as a kind of xdm: login in console, start ratpoison and you can decide there which kind of session you will continue: work inside ratpoison possibly without mouse or select a more comfortable wm having the mouse connected!
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