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#1 2014-10-21 10:43:36

rmcellig
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trials and tribulations - A Crunchbang journey

This is my recent kick at the can when it comes to Crunchbang. Several failed and frustrating attempts at using this distro. You come to the conclusion that the distro, in this case Crunchbang isn't the problem. It's the person who is discovering this intriguing distro who is not so much the problem, but the one discovering. Along the path of discovery, one falls, and one learns. Those who stick with it will be rewarded.

If this sounds sappy, so be it. This is how I feel especially when using Crunchbang. So far in this latest attempt of rediscovery I have:

1. Wiggled my way out of a trying experience where weird things were happening to my computer. Screen flickering, and just plain out of control.

My solution
Drop down to another environment or whatever it is called and perform a killall of the issue. In this case Conky. A reboot afterwards and all is OK.

2. My latest discovery was creating Openbox themes by duplicating an existing folder in /usr/share/themes and playing around with the settings to see what I can come up with. Pretty cool.


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#2 2014-10-21 13:02:05

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Re: trials and tribulations - A Crunchbang journey

rmcellig wrote:

This is my recent kick at the can when it comes to Crunchbang.

Interesting idea for a thread, I likes it! wink
(yes yes, I know, grammatically incorrect - done on purpose)

1. [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[F1] = tty - you dropped down to tty #1, you could add a link to where you talked about it and solved it ... maybe use your:

My solution

Can't find where you talk about #2 though.


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#3 2014-10-21 13:09:12

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Re: trials and tribulations - A Crunchbang journey

Sector11 wrote:

...
Can't find where you talk about #2 though.

@Sector11 - It's the latest new episode!

@rmcellig - I usually put themes I'm working on into ~/.themes (create it if it doesn't exist). Then you don't need sudo to edit them.


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#4 2014-10-21 13:54:32

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Re: trials and tribulations - A Crunchbang journey

^I must be having a DUH! moment ... I can't find it.  :8


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#5 2014-10-21 14:18:58

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Re: trials and tribulations - A Crunchbang journey

That's my favorite part of this Operating System, it comes with Openbox WM. Aside from being able to handle anything you through at it, you can customize it's appearance any way you please  big_smile

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#6 2014-10-21 14:36:11

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Re: trials and tribulations - A Crunchbang journey

My most proficient discovery was that one can type "cd" only to get to home, instead of "cd ~".

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#7 2014-10-21 15:21:00

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Re: trials and tribulations - A Crunchbang journey

brontosaurusrex

You know what? It's things like what you mention that I find fascinating. I learned the cd thing as well recently and just high fived myself for discovering some that is so simple but at the same time so functional.

Damo,

Thanks for the themes suggestion. I remember reading that on the Openbox site but forgot to give it a try. I also want to find out how to import themes. I know it's easy but I have had no luck so far. I have 117054-2ndlooks.tar.bz2 sitting in my downloads folder. Now what. I tried extracting it and then using the install a new theme option in the Themes section. Didn't do anything. I remember doing this before a while back and was successful.


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#8 2014-10-21 15:38:54

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Re: trials and tribulations - A Crunchbang journey

rmcellig wrote:

brontosaurusrex

You know what? It's things like what you mention that I find fascinating. I learned the cd thing as well recently and just high fived myself for discovering some that is so simple but at the same time so functional.

Damo,

Thanks for the themes suggestion. I remember reading that on the Openbox site but forgot to give it a try. I also want to find out how to import themes. I know it's easy but I have had no luck so far. I have 117054-2ndlooks.tar.bz2 sitting in my downloads folder. Now what. I tried extracting it and then using the install a new theme option in the Themes section. Didn't do anything. I remember doing this before a while back and was successful.

You can only use the "Install new theme" option if your downloaded and extracted theme has a theme archive (.obt) file.
In this case the theme directory is probably called "2ndlooks", and contains a bunch of xbm/xpm images, a themerc file, and possibly some sub-directories.

Extract the archive and copy the theme directory into ~/.themes. Restart obconf for it to show up in the themes list.

EDIT: Just d/l'd it - it isn't an Openbox theme, it's a theme collection which has gtk2+openbox. So extract it, copy to .themes, then use obconf to set the OB theme, and lxappearance to set the gtk theme.

[Aaargh, my eyes, my eyes!!!}

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#9 2014-10-21 15:53:40

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Re: trials and tribulations - A Crunchbang journey

deleted my post ... damo ninja'd me ... and his eyes are suffering   lol ... OOPS! ... I mean  sad poor guy.

Serves me right for stopping to watch videos, on TV, of the hurricane in GB ...  8)


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#10 2014-10-21 16:08:21

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Re: trials and tribulations - A Crunchbang journey

RE: cd

You can do things like this too:

 21 Oct 14 | 13:05:40 ~
    $ cdw
 
 21 Oct 14 | 13:05:48 /media/5/Wallpapers
    $ cd
 
 21 Oct 14 | 13:05:50 ~
    $ 

with a bash alias:

alias cdw='cd /media/5/Wallpapers'

so deeply seated directories can be simpler to get at.


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#11 2014-10-21 16:09:48

rmcellig
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Re: trials and tribulations - A Crunchbang journey

Thanks damo! Works great now. Just watched a video with Run Level Zero. Pretty informative regarding openbox icons, themes etc...


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#12 2014-10-21 19:05:44

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Re: trials and tribulations - A Crunchbang journey

great idea, Sector 11 for accessing deep directories.

I also set up an alias to easily ssh into a server I commonly use

alias name='ssh -Y username@server.host.edu'

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#13 2014-10-21 20:43:28

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Re: trials and tribulations - A Crunchbang journey

or alias "lst" to return latest files last

ls -clhtr

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#14 2014-10-28 21:15:41

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Re: trials and tribulations - A Crunchbang journey

Well here I go with another problem that I solved. I hope I am doing this right. It works so I guess I did do the right thing. When I alt-tab I wanted to show all desktops, so this is what I entered in the Openbox rc.xml file:


<keybind key="A-Tab">
      <action name="NextWindow">
	<allDesktops>yes</allDesktops>
        <finalactions>
          <action name="Focus"/>
          <action name="Raise"/>
          <action name="Unshade"/>
        </finalactions>
      </action>
    </keybind>

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#15 2014-11-08 11:58:58

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Re: trials and tribulations - A Crunchbang journey

Here is yet another in the ongoing road that is Crunchbang. This time I installed it on my iMac in a seperate partition. Two problems arose after installing. My Grub menu would not load. I kept getting errors. Thanks to a post in the Crunchbang forum, I discovered what to do with the Refit EFI loader to make GRUB work.

http://crunchbang.org/forums/viewtopic.php?id=26481

Another issue I had was installing Crunchbang from the CD. I got stuck at the screen that allows me to select install of run Crunchbang live. I was not able to use my keyboard. The answer was to swap my Mac keyboard for another USB keyboard. It worked! Something to do with a bug in the Apple keyboard.

The other issue I had was that I had to update the kernel to a newer release. Again the Crunchbang forum came to the resue. This is the kernel I have installed:


3.16-0.bpo.3-486

So far so good and I have to tell you the fixes listed above were quite easy and straight forward to implement. Now I have to see if I am able to record my radio shows properly.

Oh, I also have to mention that I shrunk my Mac partition way smaller than it was before because now I am able with three ext4 partitions to use three different distros and see how they work on this aging iMac (circa 2006). So far so good.


Cheers Randy
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#16 2014-11-08 12:16:07

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Re: trials and tribulations - A Crunchbang journey

Go Randy!
Superb work & I'm sure this will be an inspiration to all aspiring #!ers smile

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#17 2014-11-08 16:59:06

rmcellig
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Re: trials and tribulations - A Crunchbang journey

For me, this has been an enlightening experience. Especially when I can now solve problems without always asking. When I started using Linux I was forever on the forums asking, asking, asking. I had no idea what the heck I was doing. But now after months of learning which I love doing, things are starting to gel in terms of understanding concepts. The one thing that seems to be consistent is that I always return to #!. I use other distros but #! as well as Puppy Linux are distros that allow me to do stuff I need to do, AND they are light as well.


Cheers Randy
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