Tag Archives: xfce

Thunar not showing thumbnails

I’ve tried a lot. Had thunar-thumbnailers installed, run that thumbnailer update program. I even set world-readable (and writable) permissions on a lot of things.

What I didn’t do, though, is run gconf-daemon, since I’m using neither gnome nor xfce4, or any other environment, for that matter.

In the end, I switched to PCManFM instead.


Default Firefox UI font too big (using awesome)

As said here, to change the default font of GTK+ applications, edit .gtkrc-2.0 in your home directory and add

gtk-font-name="sans-serif 8"

This was somehow automatically tweaked in Xfce. Some of the options are tweaked by setting values in ~/.config/xfce4/Xft.xrdb, but that’s not it: these values set the same stuff as Xorg’s /usr/local/etc/fonts/local.conf (or default.conf).

Anyway, I think it’s better to use the “native” configuration files and not some differently-formatted override. It’s always a drag when you define some values in one place and then find out they take no effect, because they’re being overriden elsewhere.

Besides, the original configuration files will (by definition) always support all available options, whereas window-manager-specific configuration might not.

Another reason why awesome is more awesome for me than Gnome or even Xfce.

It’s awesome!

I think I’ll be using awesome from now on. It might take some time moving all my settings from Xfce; but probably not, considering how fast I’ve found the settings I had in Gnome “pretty much irrelevant”.

One of the issues was flipping back to good old XTerm. This thread on Ubuntu forums was helpful.

Oh, and I had to add

/usr/local/bin/xrdb /home/cy/.Xresources &

to ~/.xinitrc. Note the & in the end, otherwise you’ll get some errors from Xorg, which isn’t able to start up for obvious reasons then.