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xfce - The Cholesterol Free Desktop Environment
xfce [--display host:dpy] [-nowm]
- --display host:dpy
- specifies the server to connect to.
- -nowm disable
- detection of window manager when used as XFwm module.
xfce is an easy-to-use and easy-to-configure toolbar for X11. Features pulldown menus with color icons, 3D wid gets, etc. It’s designed to work with XFwm, (window man ager shipped with xfce)
xfce requires an X-based workstation or X-Terminal. If you have used telnet or rlogin to access the host system, set the Unix environment variable for your display:
% export DISPLAY devicename:0
When you first start xfce, it creates an empty configura tion file (.xfce3rc) in your home directory.
Of course, nothing is defined, so, menus are empty. To add a new file in a menu, first open it by clicking on the little arrow. then choose “Add icon...", and fill out all fields (command, pixmap and label).
You can also drag programs onto the “Add icon...” button to easily add entries to the corresponding menu.
Modification and removal of existing items in menus can be performed with the right mouse button.
To define programs associated with the icons on the panel, use the right mouse button. Enter the command line and press “enter” to validate. Press “escape” to cancel. You can also choose the icon to be displayed on the front panel. Click on the down arrow and choose a category (Files related, Terminal connections, Writting/text tools, etc.)
Drag and Drop is also supported. You can drag files from XFTree (file manager shipped with xfce) or any other GTK+ based filemanager (GNOME included) and drop it onto the panel to start the corresponding application with the files dragged.
To change the name of screens, just click on button with right mouse button.
A number of applications shipped with xfce/XFwm must cooperate closely with the window manager. Those applica tions are called “modules” and must be started from xfwm itself or from xfce. In order to start XFwm’s modules, xfce has to be started as a module itself (This is the default unless you’ve started xfce from the command line).
Use the keyword Module to indicate that your command has to be considered as a module. Then enter your command, just like you would do in XFwm’s configuration file.
Example : To start the module xfpager, use
Some other applications, basically console text based applications cannot be started as an X application directly (this may cause the X server to hang)
For this, xfce provides the keyword Term to indicate that xfce has to start a terminal first to be able to execute the command.
Example : To start the program vi, use
XFCE_DATA: By default, xfce looks for its data in the directory specified at compile time. This directory can be overridden with the environment variable XFCE_DATA.
DISABLE_XFCE_USER_CONFIG: When set to 1 or yes, xfce won’t allow any user specific configuration, it will not even read user’s configuration. This is for people using xfce on “set top boxes” or for making a terminal publicly available.
~/.xfce3rc contains the user preferences for xfce.
This file is not supposed to be edited by hand.
xfce, xftree, xfwm, xfpager, xfsound, xfmouse, xfbd, xfclock
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