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    Question How do you run an application in the root window?

    I had no idea where to post this question, so I put it in "General Help"

    I am trying to create a kiosk of sorts using Ubuntu as a base OS and Openbox as the window manager. I was wondering how to set Firefox to start in the root window when startx is run from command line after logging in.

    I have tried modifying
    /etc/xdg/openbox/autostart
    by adding
    /usr/bin/firefox -root &
    to the script, but I am getting nowhere with this endeavor.

    I have tried scouring Google and multiple forums for the past few hours and have only turned up dead links and unhelpful information.

    Can someone please clarify what I am doing wrong?

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    Re: How do you run an application in the root window?

    Why do you feel it's necessary to run Firefox as root? Just run it as a normal user.

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    Re: How do you run an application in the root window?

    Quote Originally Posted by wojox View Post
    Why do you feel it's necessary to run Firefox as root? Just run it as a normal user.
    He means the root window, which is X.org terminology for the desktop, or fullscreen.

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    Re: How do you run an application in the root window?

    Quote Originally Posted by MG&TL View Post
    He means the root window, which is X.org terminology for the desktop, or fullscreen.
    So is this whats up here?

    http://www.googlubuntu.com/results/?...lubuntu.com%2F

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    Re: How do you run an application in the root window?

    Quote Originally Posted by MG&TL View Post
    He means the root window, which is X.org terminology for the desktop, or fullscreen.
    not root user, I see know.

    What about an addon R-kiosk
    Last edited by wojox; September 24th, 2012 at 11:30 PM.

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    Re: How do you run an application in the root window?

    Quote Originally Posted by jerrrys View Post
    Not running "as" root, just in the "root window" like as the desktop background.

    I have seen tutorials showing how to run feh, xscreensaver, and a few others, but the process doesn't seem to work with firefox, or maybe I am missing something.

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    Re: How do you run an application in the root window?

    I'll take a look at R-kiosk. Thanks!

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    Re: How do you run an application in the root window?

    Wojox, it would almost work except the only problem with r-kiosk that I can see is that I will be needing to launch a separate instance of firefox while the kiosk is running and the addon will affect that one as well.

    Thanks for trying tho!

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    Re: How do you run an application in the root window?

    I'm not sure what you mean by a kiosk "of sorts", but you may want to check out http://www.alandmoore.com/blog/2011/...-2011-edition/.
    It's more involved and more comprehensive.
    Jane, stop this crazy thing!

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    Re: How do you run an application in the root window?

    Quote Originally Posted by newb85 View Post
    I'm not sure what you mean by a kiosk "of sorts", but you may want to check out http://www.alandmoore.com/blog/2011/...-2011-edition/.
    It's more involved and more comprehensive.
    @newb85: That article had good info in it. I think I'm gonna abandon the whole run in "root window" idea and combine what you and wojox have posted to this thread.

    Thanks a bunch!

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