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===Running the dock at startup===
 
===Running the dock at startup===
This depends on which desktop environment or window manager that is being used and which backend cario-dock should be run with. The following section shows how to run cairo-dock at startup without forcing a backend.
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This depends on which desktop environment or window manager that is being used and which backend cairo-dock should be run with. The following section shows how to run cairo-dock at startup without forcing a backend.
  
 
====Cairo-dock method====
 
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====Openbox/Fluxbox====
 
====Openbox/Fluxbox====
 
Add the following to {{Filename|~/.config/openbox/autostart.sh}} or {{Filename|~/.fluxbox/startup}} accordingly:
 
Add the following to {{Filename|~/.config/openbox/autostart.sh}} or {{Filename|~/.fluxbox/startup}} accordingly:
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====GNOME====
 
====GNOME====
Add a cario-dock entry to Startup Programs using
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Add a cairo-dock entry to Startup Programs using
 
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  $ rm ~/.cache/sessions/x*
 
  $ rm ~/.cache/sessions/x*
  
If you are not using a desktop environment with a session manager or choose to have cario-dock startup by itself, you need to remove autostart files generated by cario-dock:
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If you are not using a desktop environment with a session manager or choose to have cairo-dock startup by itself, you need to remove autostart files generated by cairo-dock:
 
  $ rm ~/.config/autostart/cairo-dock*
 
  $ rm ~/.config/autostart/cairo-dock*
  
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This is most likely caused by not running a composite manager, like [[Xcompmgr]] or [[Cairo Compmgr]]. Cairo-dock uses the transparency feature of the composite manager to display the dock, and without it the dock will be displayed with a black background. If you are using a desktop environment, simply enable the composite manager or desktop effects in the settings.  
 
This is most likely caused by not running a composite manager, like [[Xcompmgr]] or [[Cairo Compmgr]]. Cairo-dock uses the transparency feature of the composite manager to display the dock, and without it the dock will be displayed with a black background. If you are using a desktop environment, simply enable the composite manager or desktop effects in the settings.  
  
An alternative solution that does not require a composite manager is to enable fake transparency in cairo-dock. To do this, right-click the dock and go to '''Cario-Dock > Configure > Advanced Mode > System > Composition'''. Then enable both '''Emulate composition with fake transparency''' and '''Make the config panel transparent'''.
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An alternative solution that does not require a composite manager is to enable fake transparency in cairo-dock. To do this, right-click the dock and go to '''Cairo-Dock > Configure > Advanced Mode > System > Composition'''. Then enable both '''Emulate composition with fake transparency''' and '''Make the config panel transparent'''.
 
==More resources==
 
==More resources==
 
* [http://www.glx-dock.org/index.php glx.org]
 
* [http://www.glx-dock.org/index.php glx.org]
 
* [https://launchpad.net/cairo-dock/ launchpad]
 
* [https://launchpad.net/cairo-dock/ launchpad]

Revision as of 13:23, 8 July 2011

Cairo-dock is a highly customizable dock written in C.

Installation

Install Template:Package AUR from the AUR. The core package provides only the strict minimum to run cairo-dock - to use applets, animations, views, effects and dialogs you will also need Template:Package AUR.

You can also try the latest BZR snapshot packages: Template:Package AUR and Template:Package AUR.

Warning: The BZR packages are unstable and should be used at own risk.

Configuration

Running the dock

Run as default:

$ cairo-dock &

This will generate a startup message that will ask you to choose a backend for the current session (OpenGL or Cairo). There is an option to remember the choice and if not choosing to remember the choice, a startup message will be generated each time cairo-dock is run without backend options. To supress the startup message, you can specify which backend to use when running cairo-dock by specifying it as an option.

Run with OpenGL backend

$ cairo-dock -o &

Run with Cairo backend

$ cairo-dock -c &
Tip: All using ATI graphics cards should use this option. Some cards/drivers does not support OpenGL, which may prevent cairo-dock from running correctly.

Running the dock at startup

This depends on which desktop environment or window manager that is being used and which backend cairo-dock should be run with. The following section shows how to run cairo-dock at startup without forcing a backend.

Cairo-dock method

Run cairo-dock and right-click the dock and go to Cairo-Dock > Launch Cairo-Dock on startup. The settings will be stored in Template:Filename and sourced the next time you login.

Openbox/Fluxbox

Add the following to Template:Filename or Template:Filename accordingly:

cairo-dock &

Xfce

If you have Template:Codeline installed, simply run it and add an entry for cairo-dock. If you're not using a session manager you can add the following to Template:Filename or Template:Filename:

cairo-dock &

GNOME

Add a cairo-dock entry to Startup Programs using

$ gnome-session-properties

Configuring the dock

To configure the dock, right-click the dock and go to Cairo-Dock > Configure.

Troubleshooting

Two cairo-docks are running

This is most likely a result of saved sessions being runned at login. If you are using a desktop environment like GNOME, KDE or Xfce you need to disable automatic startup of sessions in your session manager settings. You may also need to delete the sessions cache:

$ rm ~/.cache/sessions/x*

If you are not using a desktop environment with a session manager or choose to have cairo-dock startup by itself, you need to remove autostart files generated by cairo-dock:

$ rm ~/.config/autostart/cairo-dock*

The background is black

This is most likely caused by not running a composite manager, like Xcompmgr or Cairo Compmgr. Cairo-dock uses the transparency feature of the composite manager to display the dock, and without it the dock will be displayed with a black background. If you are using a desktop environment, simply enable the composite manager or desktop effects in the settings.

An alternative solution that does not require a composite manager is to enable fake transparency in cairo-dock. To do this, right-click the dock and go to Cairo-Dock > Configure > Advanced Mode > System > Composition. Then enable both Emulate composition with fake transparency and Make the config panel transparent.

More resources