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tint2 is a system panel for linux. It is described by its developers as "simple panel/taskbar unintrusive and light". It can be configured to include (or not include) among other things a system tray, a task list a battery monitor and a clock. Its look can also be configured a great deal, and it does not have many dependecies. This makes it ideal for windown manager users who want a panel but don't have one by default, like Openbox.


tint2 is in the community repository. Use pacman to install it:

# pacman -S tint2


tint2 has a configuration file in Template:Filename. A skeleton configuration file with the default settings is created on the first time tint2 is ran. You can then change this file to your liking. Full documentation on how to configure tint2 is found here. You can configure the fonts, colors, looks, location and more in this file.

Running tint2

You can run tint2 by simply typing the command:

$ tint2

If you want to run it on boot, simply add this to ~/.xinitrc. For example if you run tint2 with openbox:

# ~/.xinitrc
# Executed by startx (run your window manager from here)
tint2 &
exec ck-launch-session openbox-session