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[[Category:X Server]]
 
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Idesk is a simple program for putting icons on your X desktop. It can also manage your wallpaper with a built in changer similar to that found in Windows 7.
 
Idesk is a simple program for putting icons on your X desktop. It can also manage your wallpaper with a built in changer similar to that found in Windows 7.
  
==Installation==
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== Installation ==
idesk is in community, so just run:
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# pacman -S idesk
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then set up in your home directory:
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[[pacman|Install]] {{Pkg|idesk}} from the official repositories, then set up in your home directory:
 
  $ mkdir ~/.idesktop
 
  $ mkdir ~/.idesktop
 
  $ cp /usr/share/idesk/dot.ideskrc ~/.ideskrc
 
  $ cp /usr/share/idesk/dot.ideskrc ~/.ideskrc
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  $ cp /usr/share/idesk/default.lnk ~/.idesktop/
 
  $ cp /usr/share/idesk/default.lnk ~/.idesktop/
 
(the default icon just runs Xdialog to display a little message but can be used as a template)
 
(the default icon just runs Xdialog to display a little message but can be used as a template)
==Configuration==
 
The ''idesk'' package doesn't come with a man page, but it does come with a readme file: ''/usr/share/idesk/README''. There's also documentation on [http://idesk.sourceforge.net/html/usage.html '''SourceForge.net'''], even though most of the options are self-explanatory.
 
  
===Background Options===
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== Configuration ==
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The {{Pkg|idesk}} package doesn't come with a man page, but it does come with a readme file: {{ic|/usr/share/idesk/README}}. There's also documentation on [http://idesk.sourceforge.net/html/usage.html '''SourceForge.net'''], even though most of the options are self-explanatory.
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=== Background options ===
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If you're using another program for setting wallpaper (such as [[feh]]) the defaults will work fine (you may want to set {{ic|Background.File}} and {{ic|Background.Source}} to "/" to silence the error messages).
 
If you're using another program for setting wallpaper (such as [[feh]]) the defaults will work fine (you may want to set {{ic|Background.File}} and {{ic|Background.Source}} to "/" to silence the error messages).
  
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Supported wallpaper formats include JPEG, PNG, GIF, and XPM.
 
Supported wallpaper formats include JPEG, PNG, GIF, and XPM.
  
===Icons===
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=== Icons ===
Idesk looks in ~/.idesktop for files which names end with ".lnk" for icons. Each file should define one icon (if you attempt to define a second icon is will be silently ignored). Aside from ending with ".lnk", the files' names are not important.
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Idesk looks in {{ic|~/.idesktop}} for files which names end with {{ic|.lnk}} for icons. Each file should define one icon (if you attempt to define a second icon is will be silently ignored). Aside from ending with {{ic|.lnk}}, the files' names are not important.
  
 
Example for Chromium:
 
Example for Chromium:
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{{ic|Width}} and {{ic|Height}} should match the actual dimensions of the icon. {{ic|X}} and {{ic|Y}} will be modified by idesk to reflect the icon's actual position.
 
{{ic|Width}} and {{ic|Height}} should match the actual dimensions of the icon. {{ic|X}} and {{ic|Y}} will be modified by idesk to reflect the icon's actual position.
  
==Issues==
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{{Tip|
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* Most system icons can be found in the following locations: {{ic|/usr/share/icons/hicolor}} and {{ic|/usr/share/icons/gnome}}.
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* If you are wondering which size to use for your icons, 48x48 is a decent standard size for desktop icons.
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}}
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=== Idesktool ===
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The {{AUR|idesk-extras}} package in the [[AUR]] provides a graphical configuration tool for Idesk. It can be started by running the {{ic|idesktool}} command.
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== Issues ==
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I've noticed that icons seem to show the contents of semi-transparent urxvt windows that are on other desktops... I'm not sure it this's the fault of idesk, urxvt, OpenBox, or xcompmgr. It's not ''that'' irritating, so I do not plan to look into it, but it is odd... --[[User:Solarshado|Solarshado]] 01:09, 3 November 2010 (EDT)
 
I've noticed that icons seem to show the contents of semi-transparent urxvt windows that are on other desktops... I'm not sure it this's the fault of idesk, urxvt, OpenBox, or xcompmgr. It's not ''that'' irritating, so I do not plan to look into it, but it is odd... --[[User:Solarshado|Solarshado]] 01:09, 3 November 2010 (EDT)

Revision as of 14:48, 1 March 2014

Idesk is a simple program for putting icons on your X desktop. It can also manage your wallpaper with a built in changer similar to that found in Windows 7.

Installation

Install idesk from the official repositories, then set up in your home directory:

$ mkdir ~/.idesktop
$ cp /usr/share/idesk/dot.ideskrc ~/.ideskrc

optional:

$ cp /usr/share/idesk/default.lnk ~/.idesktop/

(the default icon just runs Xdialog to display a little message but can be used as a template)

Configuration

The idesk package doesn't come with a man page, but it does come with a readme file: /usr/share/idesk/README. There's also documentation on SourceForge.net, even though most of the options are self-explanatory.

Background options

If you're using another program for setting wallpaper (such as feh) the defaults will work fine (you may want to set Background.File and Background.Source to "/" to silence the error messages).

Background.Source seems to take predence over Background.File; however, it is ignored if Background.Delay is set to 0.

Supported wallpaper formats include JPEG, PNG, GIF, and XPM.

Icons

Idesk looks in ~/.idesktop for files which names end with .lnk for icons. Each file should define one icon (if you attempt to define a second icon is will be silently ignored). Aside from ending with .lnk, the files' names are not important.

Example for Chromium:

chromium.lnk
table Icon
  Caption: Chromium
  ToolTip.Caption: Google's OSS Web Browser
  Icon: /usr/share/icons/hicolor/32x32/apps/chromium.png
  Width: 32
  Height: 32
  X: 977
  Y: 369
  Command[0]: chromium
end

Width and Height should match the actual dimensions of the icon. X and Y will be modified by idesk to reflect the icon's actual position.

Tip:
  • Most system icons can be found in the following locations: /usr/share/icons/hicolor and /usr/share/icons/gnome.
  • If you are wondering which size to use for your icons, 48x48 is a decent standard size for desktop icons.

Idesktool

The idesk-extrasAUR package in the AUR provides a graphical configuration tool for Idesk. It can be started by running the idesktool command.

Issues

I've noticed that icons seem to show the contents of semi-transparent urxvt windows that are on other desktops... I'm not sure it this's the fault of idesk, urxvt, OpenBox, or xcompmgr. It's not that irritating, so I do not plan to look into it, but it is odd... --Solarshado 01:09, 3 November 2010 (EDT)