Questions tagged [gui]

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How to install Desktop Environments on CentOS 7?

I have recently installed CentOS 7 (Minimal Install without GUI) and now I want to install a GUI environment in it. How can I install Desktop Environments on previously installed CentOS7 without ...
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Which GUI diff viewer would you recommend, with Copy-to-Left/Right functionality?

I've hardly ever used anything other than Meld. Can you recommend anything else? It would be extra nice if you give a reason for your recommendation (as a Comment). [note] I want an alternative ...
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How do I work with GUI tools over a remote server?

I have an Ubuntu server running on EC2 (which I didn't install myself, just picked up an AMI). So far I'm using putty to work with it, but I am wondering how to work on it with GUI tools (I'm not ...
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Lightest way to run GUI applications in Linux? [closed]

I realized I can use a window manager without a desktop environment and don't lose any functionality I care about. Applications still work fine, I can still arrange application windows as I please. ...
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Why can't I run GUI apps from 'root': “No protocol specified”?

I installed debian onto my machine last night. Now, I don't understand why I can't run GUI apps from a terminal when running as root. For example: sudo -i glxgears Generates the following output: ...
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What is the icon between settings and lock-screen in Gnome3?

I can't figure out what the icon between my settings and lock-screen icon in Gnome3 is supposed to do. It has two states, locked and unlocked, but it's not the lock screen. When I click it, it ...
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Show address bar w. full path in Nautilus instead of breadcrumbs bar

Unfortunately, Gnome's nautilus address bar is not showing the full path in its top bar. How can I change this behavior? I'm looking for a solution to display a editable text field instead, like in ...
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How do I merge two *.avi files into one

I have two *.avi files: sequence1.avi sequence2.avi How do I merge these two files using a command-line or GUI?
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How does the power button shut the computer down without root permission?

When I try to shutdown the computer from a command line or terminal I must have root privileges: amy@amy:~$ shutdown now shutdown: Need to be root and amy@amy:~$ halt halt: Need to be root but ...
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How to display a (zenity/GUI) dialog to the user after a root cron task has completed

I have a simple periodic cron task that must run as root. I want to use Zenity (or similar) to display a GUI informational dialog to user 1000 (or logged in user or all users) when the cron task ...
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Run gui application on startup

I can run a script at boot by adding the following line to my crontab: @reboot perl /path/script That works fine. But the problem arises when I try to run a gui application such as gmail notify. It ...
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Do GUIs represent a type of separate shell?

When I install some Linux distros with a GUI, they come with the shells sh and Bash. The CLI let you operate the system through sh and Bash, but what about the GUI? Does the GUI let you operate the ...
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Detach/reattach an application run on X over SSH?

I have a development server that I leave running all the time, and a development laptop that I turn off/on everyday. I have a GUI application on the server that I'd like to run over SSH -X, and I'd ...
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Ranger - open_with without suspending

When I open a file into ranger with a GUI application not listed in the rifle.conf file (i.e. using the open_with command), the ranger terminal window gets "suspended" until I close the GUI app. For ...
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Automating tasks on a website on a headless server

I want to automate a task which can only be done on a website (with prior login) on my debian server. There is no public API available, so I can't use one. Is there a way to do so? I thought about a ...
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How can I utilize the whole terminal, like htop or emacs do?

I want to write a program that can "draw" in the terminal the same way as htop or emacs. By that I mean "get rid of the prompt and make the output dependent on the current size of the terminal". To ...
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Does an X client process always have one or more GUI window(s)?

Does an X client process always have one or more GUI window(s)? Conversely, if a process has one or more GUI window(s), is it an X client process? Does an X client never have a controlling terminal?...
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How to connect to a xserver from my system-wide terminal?

I am currently trying to make an autonomous drone using the Robot Operating System (ROS). To do this, I have installed Raspbian Lite (Jessie) on a Rasperry Pi 3 and am currently using ROS Kinetic on ...
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name of binary vs. name in GUI

In icedove>preferences>attachments, for 'JEPG image' one can select 'Image Viewer' or 'Use other ...'. It turns out that 'Image Viewer' is actually '/usr/bin/eog' on my system. I only know that ...
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How do I split a flac with a cue?

I've got a full album flac and a cue file for it. How can I split this into a flac per track? I'm a KDE user, so I would prefer a KDE/Qt way. I would like to see command line and other GUI answers ...
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Is it possible to retrieve the active window process/title in Gnome?

I need a solution for getting the current active (focused) window information on a Gnome 2 desktop. I'm mostly interested in the process running that window and window title. Is it possible? ...
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Can I Remove GUI From Debian?

I just did my first install of any Linux OS, and I accidentally selected "Desktop GUI" in the install, but I want to build everything myself. Is there any way by which I can remove the GUI environment ...
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Opening current directory from a terminal onto a file browser?

My current directory is buried deep in multiple subfolder layers from my home directory. If I want to open this directory in a gui-based file browser, I have to double click folder after folder to ...
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Ubuntu 16.04 - GUI freezes on login start page

I am unable to enter anything at the login screen; it just freezes directly after the page shows. The cursor inside the login form blinks about 10 times, then it stops. I can't move the mouse or use ...
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Tools to visualize file size distributions [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to understand what's taking up space? Are there any tools in Linux for graphically visualizing the distribution of file sizes under a given path? I am looking for ...
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How to soft kill gui applications via terminal?

Is there a way to close a GUI application in friendly "please quit yourself now" way, without graphical access to the applications window? For example, if Gnome/X display crashes to black, I'd like ...
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sticking stickies to windows

I'm looking for a sticky notes/knotes/etc type program with one difference: I can stick a note on a window, rather than the desk top, and it will remain attached to the window. Basically, I want to ...
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stop/start gui on debian

I would like to start Debian without the GUI and then just type commands in to launch the desired programs (which are located on my local machine), eg $ chromium-browser & I already do a similar ...
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Degraded areas of some user interfaces, including pixellated or jagged fonts

For me the symptoms were first observed with PC-BSD 11.0-CURRENT. The first of my 2016 screenshots (below) is similar to the 2012 shot in Debian-related Fonts of some applications get confused so, ...
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Is there a way to persistently disable the menu bar in Konsole on Gnome 3?

I'm running Konsole 16.08.3-1 (installed via pacman) as my default terminal emulator under Gnome 3.22.2. Normally, when I start Konsole, I hit Ctrl+Shift+M to hide the menu bar; I only sparingly use ...
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How to run a GUI program as a different user (Debian)?

Using a terminal, I can change the running user with su and sudo — but how can I do that by clicking on an icon/shortcut on the desktop/start menu? If I have to be root to execute I will be asked ...
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What to do to run GUI Java app in chrooted environment?

In my case Java app is JDownloader. I prepared chroot environment as explained here: http://www.0x61.com/forum/post5240333.html#p5240333 and here: http://interreality.org/~reed/java-chroot.html ...
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Where does “graphical shell” stand in the hierarchy of “windowing system, window manager, desktop environment”?

Today for the first time, I heard about "graphical shell" from that Unity of Ubuntu : Unity is a graphical shell for the GNOME desktop environment developed by Canonical Ltd. and Graphical ...
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personal document management system

I'm looking for a personal document management system that would: track changes in documents in a configured directory tree save new files to a content repository (thus allowing of their versioning) ...
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BackTrack 5 gui won't load after Installation

I Have installed BackTrack 5. It works fine on a live bootable USB, but once I installed a gui it is not loading. Using the command shell, it works fine, but when I type startx in root login, a black ...
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How to resolve 'No protocol specified' for su user

I am trying to use an alternate user (non-admin) to execute graphical software on my system. This alternate user has been named and given a UID and GID to match a remote system user of the same name. ...
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Is there a graphical pager?

Does someone know of a GUI application (X/GTK+/Qt/whatever) that can be used instead of less or more for viewing text, specifically one piped in from standard input? Ideally looking for something that ...
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How to create GUIs (such as menuconfig) with lxdialog

I try to generate a menuconfig by my own with the help of lxdialog (source: lxdialog). Unfortunately this is not so well documented as I wished for. Example: So what I did: I included these files (...
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How to download Debian testing i386 without GUI?

I had an old computer in which I want to install Debian, but it is so old that I thought that I should install Debian without any desktop environment. I tried out their latest stable version, which is ...
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Choose which browser to open link in

I am using both Firefox and Google Chrome with multiple windows (profiles). When clicking a link in e.g. a terminal or another GUI app I'd like to choose which browser/window to load the URL in ...
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Gnome shell VS Unity

Did I understand correct that the Gnome shell is the a shell written to allow GUI based operation, and that the Unity GUI is actually one of the interfaces that are based on the Gnome shell?
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Increase UI size of apps with tiny dialogues (gimp, InSync, Zoom, etc.)

I'm running Mint 19 Tara, with Cinnamon 3.8.9, on a Lenovo P51 with a 3840×2160 graphics display. Most apps, such as vim, Chrome, Libre Office, and everything that came pre-installed, work correctly. ...
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Theming in tiling window managers?

I am trying out tiling window managers like scrotWM, and have noticed that GUI programs start with a "theme" (or lack, thereof) that looks like the bland Redmond theme. Is there a way to specify the ...
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UI Fonts on (some) applications are unreadably small

I recently launched a game that decided to set my resolution to 800x600, go fullscreen, and then freeze. After force-killing the game, to my joy, I was met with a panning 800x600 desktop, and had to ...
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Auto sequential numbering of (save) filenames in GUI dialogs?

I'm on Ubuntu 14.04, and often I user PrtScn (Print Screen) key to get a screenshot; then I get a dialog like: Here, by default you get a filename Screenshot.png as default; however, if a file of ...
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run a graphical web browser on windows subsystem for linux?

How to Geek says that Windows 10 will only give CLI access to Linux. Is there possibly any way to run, specifically, Firefox from this bash shell?
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Install/configure Debian without a GUI [closed]

I am leaving Windows because XP is no longer secure and I do not want to switch to Windows 10. I am interested in switching to either Linux or FreeBSD; I am thinking Linux because of its wider usage ...
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netbeans has preview tile or window — how to remove that preview?

How I get the "preview" window on the far right hand side to minimize or disappear? so that the class extends fully to the right hand side.
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Can a X client (or a process running a GUI program) be a daemon?

Regarding what process is a daemon, https://unix.stackexchange.com/a/175396/674 says The big problem here comes when your system runs a graphical environment. Since GUI programs (i.e. Chromium) are ...