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GNU/Linux Discussion / i3 PeppermintOS
« on: May 23, 2017, 04:57:34 am »
I have really been getting into tiling window managers lately - Spectr, bspwm, i3 in particular. I love Peppermint, but on some of my netbooks the system is too heavy and on others I just don't see a need for a DE (Peppermint/hybrid, MATE, XFCE or other). From this came the idea of trying to create something that resembles PeppermintOS, just as minty, but less so. It seemed to me (and others on the forum) that Microwatt (WattOS/Ubuntu 16.04) would be a good base. For my first experiment, I don't need something light as such as I have a lot of relative resource demanding DAWs related stuff installed on a relatively powerful home built tower system. The principle is however, still the same. I don't want to just rice the system, I would like to include PeppermintOS's fonts, prefs, scripts, fonts, themes etc. as well as a similar look and feel  The question is how to do this. I don't like the current PCManFM and some of the other bits... If I copied the PeppermintOS apt sources list, updated and upgraded my system, would that hose it? Most of my choices would reflect PeppermintOS as it is now, just without the extra bits that are needed when you have the PeppermintOS hybrid DE. This is all pretty new to me, so I could use some advice as to whether and how to get started with such a project.

Software & Applications / (Solved) Applets missing in i3 bar.
« on: May 20, 2017, 10:32:17 am »
I have installed i3 on a new PeppermintOS install. Unfortunately I am unable to get the applets to appear in the i3 bar at login. I have followed the documentation and ensured that the tray_output is set to "primary".
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# show tray icons on the primary monitor
bar {
    tray_output primary
The documentation also suggests to run
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xrandr --output <output> --primaryIn my case
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xrandr --output  LVDS1 --primaryUnfortunately, still no applets... Any ideas?

OK, here's the thing. I was trying to multi-task and without thinking, I installed a printer driver while I was working in another program - MuseScore. I tried uninstalling and re-installing the program, but to no effect, it only has the choice of printing to .pdf file. Not sure if this is a MuseScore thing or if all programs act this way when you do something stupid like I did, but I really could use some help in trying to fix this. I have a hybrid system with Peppermint as the base, but with KXStudio repos for audio creation/production goodness. MuseScore comes from the KXStudio repo and is version 2.0.0 revision 6e4f7f74. My other programs seem to work fine, but they weren't open when I was installing the printer driver.

General Discussion / (Closed) How to strip down Peppermint 7?
« on: April 21, 2017, 04:03:44 pm »
I just got Peppermint 7 installed on an EeePC Seashell netbook and am wondering how I strip down the Peppermint 7 install without losing functionality, as the EeePC only has 1 GB of ram. I have tried a Microwatt r10 install, a Manjaro i3 community install, and an AntiX install, but none of them installed successfully. I am therefore left with the alternative of  stripping down the Peppermint 7 install.

I am planning on using the EeePC in my rehearsal room, using Internet access via my mobile phone. I mainly want to use the computer for writing/editing short music scores with Frescobaldi, and searching the Net for info, writing a mail or two, etc. The three things that I definitely need are Frescobaldi, Dropbox access and a light web browser.

I have been thinking of maybe switching to another window manager, but I am not sure what Frescobaldi will work with (maybe not i3). What can be stripped out and still leave the Peppermint Control Center and Preferences still operable. I am really wishing that Peppermint had a "micro" version available. Any suggestions?

I have never mastered an install CD/DVD and therefore the above issue. I am trying to find the WattOS i3wm config files to compare them to what I have on my Peppermint install, but I haven't been able to find them. Does anyone have any ideas how to scrounge these files without installing a system? I have mounted the CD and dugg around, but there isn't anything that I recognize.

It would also be nice if I could get a list of the default apps in the install , to see if there is anything interesting that I can use. How would I go about that?

The subject says it all. I don't see any other Mod4+d keybinding other than the one I set for Dmenu, yet Whisker Menu insists on popping-up.

Advanced Topics / Transfering software info to a new install.
« on: April 15, 2017, 01:53:08 pm »
I have been given some advice as to how to transfer software info to a new install, however I can see after having looked at man pages and googled, that this topic is a bit over my head. I s there someone that can confirm that the following suggestions will work as advertised?

1)  Save sources.
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find /etc/apt/sources.list* -type f -name '*.list' -exec bash -c 'echo -e "\n## $1 ";grep "^[[:space:]]*[^#[:space:]]" ${1}' _ {} \; >
2) Save installed packages.
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dpkg --get-selections  | awk '!/deinstall|purge|hold/ {print $1}' >
The others seem to be straight forward:
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apt-mark showauto > package-states-auto
apt-mark showmanual > package-states-manual
Target system:
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sudo apt-key add trusted-keys.gpg #copy folder if needed too!!!
sudo cp /etc/apt/sources.list
sudo apt update
xargs -a "" sudo apt-get install
xargs -a "package-states-auto" sudo apt-mark auto
xargs -a "package-states-manual" sudo apt-mark manual

I have been going crazy and installing Peppermint OS 6 on all of my computers lately. This is a fantastic version. Anyway, the one thing that doesn't work that well for me on my home built desktop PC, is the lack of Unity and the HUD. It is what originally lured me away from Peppermint. The combo just works for me. How can I install a basic, functional Unity and HUD on Peppermint OS, without getting zeitgeist and any other potential Canonical "spyware/bloat ware"?

I just took a gander at AntiX Linux and was blown away by the distro's utility for blocking ads by editing the /etc/hosts file.

Any chance a similar tool could find its way to Peppermint OS?

How do I set rox-filer as my default file and desktop manager?

I have been experimenting with rox-filer lately on PM6, and I have to say that it works great. I would like to try using it as my default file and desktop manager and have found a number of different ways that this could be done on an Ubuntu based system. However, as Peppermint OS is a hybrid combination of various Ubuntu compatible parts, I thought it would be best to ask, so I don't muck things up.

I tried editing ~/.config/lxsession/Peppermint/desktop.conf
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desktop_manager/command=rox -n
desktop_manager/wallpaper=rox --pinboard=Default--SNIP
The only thing that happened was a rox-filer window opened at startup.

I am experimenting with rxvt-unicode (urxvt) and would like to get it setup to look the same as the Peppermint OS terminal. The Arch Wiki explains the syntax:
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urxvt -fn "xft:Bitstream Vera Sans Mono:pixelsize=15"Unfortunately, the GUI tool in Peppermint for changing the terminal font and size for the default terminal doesn't show the current font - only the size. There must be a text file that I can refer to, but I can't seem to find it. Any ideas about setting transparency for urxvt?

Software & Applications / Trying to install Guitar Pro 6 for Linux
« on: May 14, 2014, 05:57:50 am »
I seem to remember that it is possible to install 32-bit libs on a 64-bit system...
First I tried the following:
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$ sudo dpkg -i gp6-full-linux-r11621.deb
Selecting previously unselected package guitarpro6.
(Reading database ... 262363 files and directories currently installed.)
Unpacking guitarpro6 (from gp6-full-linux-r11621.deb) ...
dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of guitarpro6:
guitarpro6 depends on gksu.
guitarpro6 depends on libasound2.
guitarpro6 depends on libc6 (>= 2.1.3).
guitarpro6 depends on libglu1-mesa.
guitarpro6 depends on libportaudio0.
guitarpro6 depends on libportaudio2.
guitarpro6 depends on libssl0.9.8.
guitarpro6 depends on libstdc++6.
guitarpro6 depends on libxml2.
guitarpro6 depends on libxslt1.1.
guitarpro6 depends on zlib1g.

dpkg: error processing guitarpro6 (--install):
dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils ...
Errors were encountered while processing:

Next, I tried this:
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$ sudo apt-get install gksu libasound2 libc6 libglu1-mesa libportaudio0 libportaudio2 libssl0.9.8 libstdc++6 libxml2 libxslt1.1 zlib1g
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
gksu is already the newest version.
libglu1-mesa is already the newest version.
libglu1-mesa set to manually installed.
libportaudio2 is already the newest version.
libstdc++6 is already the newest version.
libxslt1.1 is already the newest version.
zlib1g is already the newest version.
libasound2 is already the newest version.
libasound2 set to manually installed.
libc6 is already the newest version.
libxml2 is already the newest version.
You might want to run 'apt-get -f install' to correct these:
The following packages have unmet dependencies:
guitarpro6:i386 : Depends: gksu:i386 but it is not going to be installed
Depends: libasound2:i386 but it is not going to be installed
Depends: libc6:i386 (>= 2.1.3) but it is not going to be installed
Depends: libglu1-mesa:i386 but it is not going to be installed
Depends: libportaudio0:i386 but it is not going to be installed
Depends: libportaudio2:i386 but it is not going to be installed
Depends: libssl0.9.8:i386 but it is not going to be installed
Depends: libstdc++6:i386 but it is not going to be installed
Depends: libxml2:i386 but it is not going to be installed
Depends: libxslt1.1:i386 but it is not going to be installed
Depends: zlib1g:i386 but it is not going to be installed 

Then I received the following reply from Guitar Pro support:
Thank you for contacting the Arobas Music support.

I am sorry but Guitar Pro 6 is not supported with Linux 64 bit, only Ubuntu 32 bit.

Can I install these libs as 32-bit versions on my 64-bit system? I am also concerned they insist on installing gksu as it seems to remove sudo, which I am not too thrilled about to put it mildly...
Any ideas?

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