Openbox is a lightweight stacking window manager. It is ICCCM and EWMH compatible and can be used alone or inside other desktop environments such as Gnome.

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How do I minimize disk space usage

One of my machines is the 2GB EeePC Surf, a neat netbook with very limited resources. So limited that right now, I have 22MB free space left. On it, I'm running Arch Linux with the Openbox DE and a ...
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Keymapping problem when working with Emacs and Openbox

I have an Apple keyboard and I had to do some remapping of the keys to make the mod-4 key the first key to the left of the Space bar for when working with Emacs. The below script worked fine when I ...
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How to Save X Session — ArchLinux+Openbox

I use Arch Linux and Openbox. How can I save the state of my current openbox/X session and later restart them? The scenario is like this: I've several browsers windows open, terminals, file ...
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Command to move a window to all desktops

I'd like to be able to move (pin) an existing window to all desktops using a scriptable command, rather than through the window menu. wmctrl -r <WIN> -t <DESK> will move a window to a ...
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What is the most compatible tiny X server?

I've been building LFS/BLFS for about a month now, with multiple failures and almost no successes, and I've just been informed that there exist Xorg-like window systems that are incredibly tiny, as ...
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Openbox overwrites xmodmap configuration

I am setting up openbox on my laptop running Linux Mint 13. I want my Caps Lock key to act as an additional control key. I put the required settings in my ~/.Xmodmap file and checked it by running ...
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Which run dialog

I just switched from the standard Gnome window manager to Openbox (still running inside Gnome) and like it a lot. However, now I need a new run dialog, e.g. the thing popping up when hitting Alt+F2 in ...
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How can I split Openbox `rc.xml` into multiple files?

I don't like big text configuration files. So, I would like to split my rc.xml file into multiple files: rc.xml rc.keyboard.xml rc.mouse.xml
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configure ToggleShowDesktop in Openbox to only act on specified layer

I have a keybinding for ToggleShowDesktop. When I press Menu, all windows get minimized and I see my Desktop Wallpaper (as expected): <keybind key="Menu"> <action ...
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How do I pipe notifications into my statusbar?

I am trying to instate a more graphically minimal notification system in Arch Linux. Specifically, I've taken interest with programs such as dzen2 or conky that allow for more text-based status bars. ...
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Is there a small, lightweight application to have desktop icons like on Windows?

I run Fluxbox with tint2 which I am very happy with, as I prefer it to running a full desktop environment, even a lightweight desktop environment. On the other hand, my normal workflow revolves ...
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Lock screen w/ slock after a certain time?

I am running OpenBox in Arch Linux, how can I set it up so that I can have slock lock my screen after a certain amount of time (with no activity)? Thanks!
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Are there any screen locking solutions for openbox?

If I want to use OpenBox then how can I lock my "monitor" when I leave the PC for a few minutes? Like the gnome-screensaver under GNOME.
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lxde: active window in lxpanel Task Bar (Window List) plugin is indistinguishable from other (inactive)

In LXDE, the task bar shows tabs for all currently running applications/windows, as shown on the screenshot below: The problem is, I have hard time distinguishing which window is the one I am in ...
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What are the practical implications, if any, of using software which processes are not the descendants of the window manager?

I've set up Openbox on bare X with the slim login manager, all on a systemd init (on Gentoo). I'm using two different terminal emulators on the desktop so as to be able to create different behaviors ...
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Fully Disable PrntScr Key

I recently came across a Linux feature I have never seen before, where pressing the PrntScr button on the keyboard prints a physical piece of paper with the contents of my console. I really need to ...
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LXDE environment looks and behaves like openbox

I have two logins on my box, one for work and the other for personal (I'm on crunchbang). Both run LXDE by default. As of yesterday the work login started acting like an Openbox session, ie you had ...
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How can I configure OpenBox session for opening files by mime type?

I've started using OpenBox and I really like it. But my chromium opens everything with firefox. Is there any fix for that? I'm looking for most lightweight solution, but also with easy and fast ...
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How can I take a screenshot in LXDE using scrot and the Print Screen button on my keyboard?

I have already installed scrot following the instructions here. The Windows Manager appears to be Openbox.
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Can you switch between windows within an application in Openbox?

Is it possible to set up a keybinding in Openbox for switching between open windows within an application? Just like you can in gnome 3 with alt + [key above Tab] .
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Mouse cursor disappearing after running gnome-settings-daemon in OpenBox

I'm running Openbox 3.5.2 on Fedora 20. For extra comfort (font rendering, tap-to-click, ...), I used to let gnome-settings-daemon run in the background. Now since upgrading to the F20 beta, my mouse ...
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Archlinux & openbox - greyish win 95 applications

I have just installed Archlinux & openbox but i have to say i am a bit dissapointed that the applications have this dull greyish (win 95) look: On the picture there are two programs open which ...
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What is the difference between a system with consolekit and the one without it?

First of all, I'm using Debian testing system with standalone Openbox. I don't have systemd, just sysvinit, and I certainly won't use systemd . Yesterday my Debian box started returning messages like ...
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Command to re-enable decoration on windows

I'm running openbox, I have accidentally undecorated a window (By clicking on Un/Decorate) Now is it possible to restore the decoration? Since the title is "invisible" now, I have no where to click ...
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GNOME recognizes a second monitor once it's plugged in. Does Openbox not?

I'm running Fedora 20 on a small Openbox setup that I'm fond of. I sometimes want to send things through a second display, e.g. plugging into a projector or a television. Given the pretty spartan ...
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command to log out of LXDE directly

To log out of LXDE, I can click on the "Start" menu, click "Logout" and when the menu pops up click on "logout" again. Or I can type lxde-logout in my terminal and when the menu opens, click on ...
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Openbox pipe-menu script error

This is the weirdest thing. The script works when run from the shell with no problems. When I run it as an Openbox pipe-menu I get the error "Invalid output from pipe-menu". After playing around with ...
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How is ssh-agent being autostarted?

I am currently running Crunchbang Linux with Openbox, and as soon as I log in I have an ssh-agent process running and I can't for the life of me figure why it is being autostarted. Here is the ...
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What handles notifications in a pure Openbox environment?

I'm running Debian and logging in straight to Openbox. I'm sure that I sometimes receive notifications, which I can actually theme and modify through Xfce's notification settings manager, but what is ...
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Columns of Virtual Desktops in Openbox

I'm setting up Openbox in Arch and was trying to setup the virtual desktops like I usually like them, in one tall column. The default is to have them setup as a single row and the Openbox config ...
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Launch Iceweasel (Firefox) window undecorated

I am on Debian, where firefox is called Iceweasel. I would like it to start undecorated. I have added the following to my .config/openbox/lxde-rc.xml, but it has no effect: <application ...
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How can I assign a keyboard shortcut to a specific application in Openbox?

I use the web browser Uzbl and the window manager Openbox, and I wondered if I could configure openbox to add a keyboard shortcut to minimize / maximize Uzbl's window ...
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Looking for a simple X Window panel/dock with icon “pinning” feature from Windows 7

I am using OpenBox WM and I am looking for some simple dock application (that could be used along with OpenBox) that has this icon "pinning" feature. It can also be a panel. So far I have found this: ...
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Crunch bang Linux login fails

I cannot login to Crunchbang Linux. When I boot the computer, it goes to the login screen, and if I type the correct username+password combo, it goes to a black screen that reads "failed to execute ...
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Openbox keybindings not taking effect after --reconfigure or restart

273 <keybind key="W-Return"> 274 <action name="Execute"> 275 <command>lxterminal</command> 276 </action> 277 </keybind> 278 ...
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How to assign an icon to a program in Openbox?

I am running on Arch Linux using Openbox as the window manager. I want to assign icons to some programs that are using the generic icon. This is helpful because when I do an Alt-Tab, I will know the ...
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Wake monitor from sleep remotely

I have an Ubuntu server running xdm with openbox on which is plugged a monitor that displays a video which is launched via a cron daemon. When the monitor is not used for a certain amount of time, it ...
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LXDE: change battery icon in the panel

I have installed LXDE on Debian (LXDE metapackage). I have also installed some additional themes and icons, but when I chage the icons, the battery icon in the task bar stays the same (basically just ...
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KDE theme manager in pure OpenBox WM?

I've setup a pure OpenBox system with no specific desktop environment like Gnome, KDE, or Xfce, etc... It works well, and I have been able to customise the desktop's appearance with software like ...
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per-instance application settings in Openbox

I need to run two instances of the same program, and have different Openbox properties for each. Lets say, I want to run two instances of Thunderbird. Even when I create two symlinks, i.e. ...
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Adding key bindings for “Fn” + “Control” key in openbox

I need use Fn + CTRL as a key combination, but it doesn't work in openbox (works in XFCE / KDE4`). <keybind key="Fn-C"> <action name="ToggleMaximize"> </action> ...
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Completely disable the menu when I right click on the desktop (LXDE, Openbox, Ubuntu)

I would like to setup an old PC as a thinclient for our VMware View infrastructure. I need to disable the menu that pops up when I right-click on the desktop, along with some other things such as ...
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openbox window positioning

Can one somehow instruct openbox about the desired location to open new windows? For example, I have two screens (LVDI, VGA) and would prefer that new windows be opened on VGA, whereas they are always ...
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Openbox: disable Alt-F4 on per application basis

I am using LXDE and in my .config/openbox/lxde-rc.xml I have action for ALT-F4 defined: <keybind key="A-F4"> <action name="Close"/> </keybind> This works, as expected, for all ...
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Openbox 3 theme: How to set color for menu background and scroll bars

I want to create a dark theme. But I have failed to see how I would change the background color of the menu row and the colors of the scroll bars even though I have tried looking at the relevant Wiki ...
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How can I make a keybind involving xdotool in Openbox?

I'm running Openbox 3.5.2 (on Lubuntu 13.10) by logging into Openbox session. In an Openbox session, if I run xdotool mousemove 1000 5 click 3 from a terminal, the mouse cursor moves to the specified ...
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Openbox isn't loading correctly

I'm on Crunchbang 11, 64 bit, it is a Debian Wheezy distro. This morning Openbox isn't loading correctly     All the programs and shortcuts are working correctly. Conky is loading ...
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Items in context menu in Lubuntu

I am using Lubuntu 11.10. When I call the context menu (right click) many programs appear to open some file. For example, for .tex files, besides TeXstudio and Leafpad, Gnumeric (what a strange ...
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Dynamic congifuration of monitors (Debian, Intel i915) [duplicate]

I've got Asus EEE PC 701 laptop with 7" 800x480 screen running Debian Jessie with Openbox as a WM. As I try to maximally use all the capabilities of this laptop, I'm searching for a way to somehow get ...
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Show which workspaces have applications on openbox

I run openbox on debian, and I have 49 workspaces, and use the setlayout command to have them put in a square instead of a line. I also have keyboard shortcuts to navigate around the workspaces. When ...