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I use Apple's X11 on Panther to run a range of UNIX apps, including the EMBOSS package for DNA sequence analysis. I like running X11 rootless, so I dont have to keep jumping from Aqua and back. The problem I have encountered is this: Exposť seems to be ignorant of the windows opened by kaptain, which is a system for providing X11 GUI's for working with otherwise user un-friendly command line apps (such as all of EMBOSS!). When I hit the F9 or F10 buttons, the EMBOSS windows fade away, as if they were part of the background ... which is a bit confusing.

My answer is to use a window manager like wmaker or blackbox. Seeminly, they handle the EMBOSS windows perfectly and Exposť treats them like normal windows. Phew.

Problem: when using non-Apple window managers in rootless mode, new windows (like xterms etc) tend to open underneath the Aqua menu bar at the top of the screen. This is a pain, as you can't reach the Close button. However, if you use wmaker, you can fix this as follows. Find the configuration file (~/GNUstep -> Defaults -> Windowmaker) and edit the lines to read as follows:

WorkspaceBorderSize = 22; 
WorkspaceBorder = TopBottom;
This will stop windows being opened under the Aqua menu bar, and you get the added bonus of being able to use the WMaker dock - which is just like the Aqua one, but can be set up to launch S11 apps.

  • This will apply to the Jaguar x11 also.
  • The setting of 22 for the workspace border is higher than the maximum value available using the in-built WPrefs (WMaker preference setting program), so you should re-do these changes after you have set all the other settings with WPrefs...
  • Install all the above using Fink
[robg adds: I haven't tested this one...]
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Authored by: 47ronin on Jul 18, '04 01:28:19AM

Fluxbox is a nice alternative to blackbox. I wasn't able to get the stable version to compile under OSX, but the newer beta version did. Also, eterm didn't compile so I had to use aterm (for tabbed windows).

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