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    HOWTO: Terminal as the desktop background.

    The objective is to have a gnome terminal running as the desktop background, right above the actual background image, that won't be displayed by the statusbar or ticker.

    It should look something like this:
    Full transparency
    or
    Semi-transparent with shadows (using Xgl)

    Ok, lets get started...

    1) Download devilspie
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install devilspie
    2) Create a configuration file
    Code:
    mkdir ~/.devilspie
    nano ~/.devilspie/DesktopConsole.ds
    3) Paste the following configuration (press Ctrl^X to save and exit):
    Code:
    (if
            (matches (window_name) "DesktopConsole")
            (begin
                    (set_workspace 4)
                    (below)
                    (undecorate)
                    (skip_pager)
                    (skip_tasklist)
                    (wintype "utility")
                    (geometry "+50+50")
                    (geometry "924x668")
            )
    )
    Notes:
    - i use workspace 4 but you can use whatever you like.
    - you should at least adjust the geometry lines to match your screen.
    - Read the devilspie wiki, for other commands!!!

    4) Create a new gnome-terminal profile named "DesktopConsole"
    - in the "General" tab, untick "show menubar by default..."
    - in the "Scrolling" tab, select "Scrollbar is" -> Disabled.
    - in the "Effects" tab, set "Transparent background" and shade to "None" (or to whatever you prefer)

    5) Add devilspie and gnome-terminal to the Startup Programs in your session:
    in System->preferences->sessions, "Startup Programs" tab, add the 2 programs:
    Code:
    devilspie
    gnome-terminal --window-with-profile=DesktopConsole
    6) Logout, Login 8)

    check to see that devilspie is running *before* the gnome-terminal command.


    Thats it!

    Edit:
    added screenshot
    Last edited by jinacio; June 23rd, 2006 at 05:18 PM.
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    Re: HOWTO: Terminal as the desktop background.

    You make my day man

    I was looking for the good devilspie matcher for a long time now, so a BIG thank you. I will put that on the UDSF ASAP.

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    Re: HOWTO: Terminal as the desktop background.

    glad to know that

    cheers!

    Edit: (forgot something that might be important)

    i use (wintype "utility") because it's the most compatible setting: also tried as "desktop" but if the geometry is not maximize and you click anywhere outside the terminal, it will disapear.
    the drawback os using "utility" is that the "show desktop" will hide/unhide the terminal.

    So far i havent't found a better method, but i'll keep looking into it.
    Last edited by jinacio; June 23rd, 2006 at 09:49 AM.
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    Re: HOWTO: Terminal as the desktop background.

    It's perfect in my opinion, the "show desktop bug" is not so annoying.

    I never tought that the good macher would be the profile name used by the terminal.

    BTW, here is the UDSF link : http://doc.gwos.org/index.php/Background_Terminal

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    Re: HOWTO: Terminal as the desktop background.

    Just installed it on my workstation. Worked great. Thanks a lot for the turorial.

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    Re: HOWTO: Terminal as the desktop background.

    Excellent. Great howto.

    Just a problem:



    The transparency disappear when I make a "clean console" (ctrl+l)
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    Last edited by JMO707; June 23rd, 2006 at 04:36 PM.
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    Re: HOWTO: Terminal as the desktop background.

    Brillinat guide dude, worked perfectly

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    Re: HOWTO: Terminal as the desktop background.

    I can't get this to work. No matter what I do, gnome-terminal --window-with-profile=DesktopConsole ALWAYS appears in front of devilspie. NO matter what order I enter them in, or what I do after I enter them. Is there a text file that I can edit manually instead?

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    Re: HOWTO: Terminal as the desktop background.

    Quote Originally Posted by JMO707
    The transparency disappear when I make a "clean console" (ctrl+l)
    Sorry, i can't seem to repeat that, so no clue on how to fix it

    only thing i can say is if it's really bugging you try typing "clear" instead
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    Re: HOWTO: Terminal as the desktop background.

    It seems like a problem with fake transparencies...
    It has happened to me before.

    No clues of what to do neither =(
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