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skunnyk [Frequently Asked Questions]
faq [2019/08/30 19:23] (current)
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 ====== Frequently Asked Questions ====== ====== Frequently Asked Questions ======
  
-<note important>​Please see https://​docs.xfce.org/​faq for an up to date documentation!+<note important>​Please see https://​docs.xfce.org/​faq for up to date documentation!
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-====== Getting ​started ​======+ 
 +  * **[[faq#​Getting Started|Getting Started]]** 
 +  * **[[faq#​Installation|Installation]]** 
 +  * **[[faq#​Starting Xfce|Starting Xfce]]** 
 +      * **[[faq#​Login Problems|Login Problems]]** 
 +      * **[[faq#​Logout Problems|Logout Problems]]** 
 +  * **[[faq#​Usage|Usage]]** 
 +      * **[[faq#​Keyboard|Keyboard]]** 
 +      * **[[faq#​Kiosk|Kiosk]]** 
 +      * **[[faq#​Menu|Menu]]** 
 +      * **[[faq#​File Manager|File Manager]]** 
 +      * **[[faq#​Desktop Manager|Desktop Manager]]** 
 +      * **[[faq#​Window Manager|Window Manager]]** 
 +      * **[[faq#​Session Manager|Session Manager]]** 
 +  * **[[faq#​Visual Appearance|Visual Appearance]]** 
 +      * **[[faq#​Applications|Applications]]** 
 +      * **[[faq#​Themes|Themes]]** 
 +      * **[[faq#​Windows|Windows]]** 
 +  * **[[faq#​Development|Development]]** 
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 +====== Getting ​Started ​======
 ===== About Xfce ===== ===== About Xfce =====
  
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 === How long a wait is it between each official release? === === How long a wait is it between each official release? ===
-There is no set schedule, a new version will be released when it is ready. Xfce's development is split up into key phases, each of which can take months or even years to complete. More information on the release model can be found [[https://​xfce.org/​about/​releasemodel|here.]] Currently the wait for Xfce 4.14 has been over 4 years, [[https://​wiki.xfce.org/​releng/​4.14/​roadmap|here is it's current status.]] Although this may seem like a long time - remember, Xfce is developed by a small group of hard-working volunteers! ​ +There is no set schedule, a new version will be released when it is ready. Xfce's development is split up into key phases, each of which can take months or even years to complete. More information on the release model can be found [[https://​xfce.org/​about/​releasemodel|here.]] Currently the wait for Xfce 4.14 has been over 4 years, [[https://​wiki.xfce.org/​releng/​4.14/​roadmap|here is it's current status.]] Although this may seem like a long time - remember, Xfce is developed by a small group of hard-working volunteers! 
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 ====== Installation ====== ====== Installation ======
  
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     * [[http://​www.netbsd.org/​docs/​guide/​en/​chap-x.html#​chap-x-other-window-managers|NetBSD]]     * [[http://​www.netbsd.org/​docs/​guide/​en/​chap-x.html#​chap-x-other-window-managers|NetBSD]]
     * Ubuntu: sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop ([[http://​packages.ubuntu.com/​search?​keywords=xubuntu-desktop|package description]];​ [[apt://​xubuntu-desktop|direct install]])     * Ubuntu: sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop ([[http://​packages.ubuntu.com/​search?​keywords=xubuntu-desktop|package description]];​ [[apt://​xubuntu-desktop|direct install]])
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 ====== Starting Xfce ====== ====== Starting Xfce ======
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 For some reason, your X applications cannot connect to the session manager. Possible causes for this are: your hostname cannot be resolved (see Login problems section), your home partition or partition containing /tmp is filled up, your hostname contains non-ascii characters (no umlauts allowed, in particular) or either ~/​.ICEauthority or /​tmp/​.ICE-unix have wrong permissions. Check .xsession-errors for clues. For some reason, your X applications cannot connect to the session manager. Possible causes for this are: your hostname cannot be resolved (see Login problems section), your home partition or partition containing /tmp is filled up, your hostname contains non-ascii characters (no umlauts allowed, in particular) or either ~/​.ICEauthority or /​tmp/​.ICE-unix have wrong permissions. Check .xsession-errors for clues.
  
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 ====== Usage ====== ====== Usage ======
 ===== Keyboard ===== ===== Keyboard =====
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 <note important>​Editable menu accelerators were removed in GTK 3, so won't work in applications made in GTK 3 and above</​note>​ <note important>​Editable menu accelerators were removed in GTK 3, so won't work in applications made in GTK 3 and above</​note>​
  
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 ===== Kiosk ===== ===== Kiosk =====
  
 === I want to use Xfce in a corporate environment,​ how can I stop users from modifying parts of the system? === === I want to use Xfce in a corporate environment,​ how can I stop users from modifying parts of the system? ===
 See [[howto:​kiosk_mode|kiosk mode.]] See [[howto:​kiosk_mode|kiosk mode.]]
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 ===== Menu ===== ===== Menu =====
  
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 ===What are the exact commands used when launching the '​Settings'​ applications?​=== ===What are the exact commands used when launching the '​Settings'​ applications?​===
 Please see [[mcs-manager_plugin_parameters|this Wiki entry.]] Please see [[mcs-manager_plugin_parameters|this Wiki entry.]]
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 ===== File Manager ===== ===== File Manager =====
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 You can install the package ''​ffmpegthumbnailer''​. You can install the package ''​ffmpegthumbnailer''​.
  
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 ===== Desktop Manager ===== ===== Desktop Manager =====
 === How can I remove the Trash, Home and Filesystem icons on my desktop? === === How can I remove the Trash, Home and Filesystem icons on my desktop? ===
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 === Why can't I add items to my desktop? === === Why can't I add items to my desktop? ===
 You have the option to display icons turned off. Go to Settings Manager -> Desktop -> Icons and select File/​launcher icons under "Icon type". You have the option to display icons turned off. Go to Settings Manager -> Desktop -> Icons and select File/​launcher icons under "Icon type".
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 ===== Window Manager ===== ===== Window Manager =====
 === Why does Firefox jump between workspaces? === === Why does Firefox jump between workspaces? ===
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     xfwm4 --sm-client-id=${SESSION_MANAGER##​*/​} & disown     xfwm4 --sm-client-id=${SESSION_MANAGER##​*/​} & disown
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 ===== Session Manager ===== ===== Session Manager =====
  
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 You need to enable the "​Prompt on logout"​ option in Settings Manager -> Session and Startup -> Logout Settings You need to enable the "​Prompt on logout"​ option in Settings Manager -> Session and Startup -> Logout Settings
  
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 ====== Visual Appearance ====== ====== Visual Appearance ======
 ===== Applications ===== ===== Applications =====
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   XLIB_SKIP_ARGB_VISUALS=1 /​usr/​bin/​Terminal   XLIB_SKIP_ARGB_VISUALS=1 /​usr/​bin/​Terminal
  
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 ===== Themes ===== ===== Themes =====
 === How can I theme various parts of my Xfce desktop environment?​ === === How can I theme various parts of my Xfce desktop environment?​ ===
 Please refer to the [[howto:​install_new_themes|How to install new themes]] Wiki page. Please refer to the [[howto:​install_new_themes|How to install new themes]] Wiki page.
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 ===== Windows ===== ===== Windows =====
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 Read ''/​usr/​share/​doc/​nvidia-glx/​README.txt.gz''​ (and search for "​RenderAccel"​ and "​AllowGLXWithComposite"​) to see if they are recommended for your system. At least for recent NVidia GLX drivers, "​AllowGLXWithComposite"​ "​true"​ is only for X servers older than X11R6.9.0, and "​RenderAccel"​ "​true"​ is the default setting, and therefore not required. If you are running a recent NVidia driver and a recent xorg-server,​ you do not need these settings (and should not use the "​AllowGLXWithComposite"​ "​true"​ setting). Read ''/​usr/​share/​doc/​nvidia-glx/​README.txt.gz''​ (and search for "​RenderAccel"​ and "​AllowGLXWithComposite"​) to see if they are recommended for your system. At least for recent NVidia GLX drivers, "​AllowGLXWithComposite"​ "​true"​ is only for X servers older than X11R6.9.0, and "​RenderAccel"​ "​true"​ is the default setting, and therefore not required. If you are running a recent NVidia driver and a recent xorg-server,​ you do not need these settings (and should not use the "​AllowGLXWithComposite"​ "​true"​ setting).
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 ===== Panel ===== ===== Panel =====
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 Orage Clock provides this functionality. Add it to the panel, then middle-click the clock to open the Global Time window, where you can add any number of clocks. Orage Clock provides this functionality. Add it to the panel, then middle-click the clock to open the Global Time window, where you can add any number of clocks.
  
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 ====== Development ====== ====== Development ======
 === How can I report bugs? === === How can I report bugs? ===
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   * Consider if you've been been disrespectful when asking your question / reporting a bug. While you are allowed your own opinion on things, remember that the software you are talking about was made by volunteers and provided to you for free. You didn't pay for it, so you are asking for a favour. By asking your question in a polite, respectful way, you are increasing your chances that somebody will reply to you.   * Consider if you've been been disrespectful when asking your question / reporting a bug. While you are allowed your own opinion on things, remember that the software you are talking about was made by volunteers and provided to you for free. You didn't pay for it, so you are asking for a favour. By asking your question in a polite, respectful way, you are increasing your chances that somebody will reply to you.
   * The developers / volunteers in question simply may not want to reply to you. Perhaps they are having a bad day, or they think your report doesn'​t necessarily warrant a reply. Don't take it personally if you don't get a response. Try asking again after a good amount of time, as your question / report may not have been seen, taking caution not to come across as nagging. Taking time out of your day to report a bug is always greatly appreciated,​ and it may have been seen by a developer, just not replied to.   * The developers / volunteers in question simply may not want to reply to you. Perhaps they are having a bad day, or they think your report doesn'​t necessarily warrant a reply. Don't take it personally if you don't get a response. Try asking again after a good amount of time, as your question / report may not have been seen, taking caution not to come across as nagging. Taking time out of your day to report a bug is always greatly appreciated,​ and it may have been seen by a developer, just not replied to.
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