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krazibon3
18th September 2004, 07:09 PM
I'm just curious what it actually does as it does llook pretty cool on the desktop. what they've described
"root-tail is a program that allows printing of text directly to the X11 root window wherever you choose, much like running rxvt with a pixmap background but without the hassle and with more features." From what i've gathered it prints log files? does it do anything else besides that?

ilja
18th September 2004, 09:14 PM
it prints anything you want to the desktopbackground e.g. kernel-log messages (see http://www.goof.com/pcg/marc/images/root-tail.jpg) here is a man page http://www.goof.com/pcg/marc/root-tail.html

Shadow Skill
19th September 2004, 01:38 AM
Seems kind of pointless, now if you could get it so that you could make the terminal essentially a region on your desktop (or even a specified workspace.) that would be cool. Imagine programs that put thier output directly to a workspace as if the text is just floating on your desktop from nowhere. I wonder if it would be possible to adopt this to display a video as the desktop wallpaper? (Like the video desktop mode that some players on windows have.)

ilja
19th September 2004, 08:40 AM
There are problems with root-tail on the newest gnome and kde. The backgrounds of the x server are completelly covered by kde and with nautilus on gnome. So you can't see the outputs.

There are workarounds : you can open a totally transparent Eterm and tail there the log files. But this is not a perfect solution. You can use http://gtk.no/paralogger as an improvement for this method.

Or you can use the programm http://root-portal.sourceforge.net/ for gnome, but yesterday I wasn't successful installing it.

There is also a logviewer for gkrellm. http://www.uberh4x0r.org/download/gkrellm/

crackers
19th September 2004, 05:45 PM
The KDE Control Center has an option to allow programs to draw on the root frame... ;)

ilja
19th September 2004, 05:47 PM
The KDE Control Center has an option to allow programs to draw on the root frame... ;)
what about gnome, do you know?

crackers
19th September 2004, 10:25 PM
Nope - I don't use it...

krazibon3
20th September 2004, 02:09 AM
yeh paralogger doesn't seem to support fc2 though and i can't seem to get root tail to work because ii get the following error: "Missing charsets in String to FontSet conversion (ISO10646-1)
Missing charsets in String to FontSet conversion (ISO10646-1)" this is an rpm from dag wiers site.

ilja
20th September 2004, 09:37 AM
there is no problem to get paralloger to work, when you install eterm and colortail and then use the tar.gz file and not the rpm file, which was build for xfree86 and not for x.org. It works fine for me.

segfault
1st December 2004, 10:43 AM
yeh paralogger doesn't seem to support fc2 though and i can't seem to get root tail to work because ii get the following error: "Missing charsets in String to FontSet conversion (ISO10646-1)
Missing charsets in String to FontSet conversion (ISO10646-1)" this is an rpm from dag wiers site.

I found this fixed it:

export LANG=C

ie. set LANG=C in your environment.

Before running root-tail..

cheers,
..segfault

jsv650
14th January 2005, 03:04 PM
In Gnome you can use G Conf editor, apps/nautilus/preferences/show desktop uncheck this

With this unchecked root-tail will work... but.. you will lose your desktop icons and commands.. right click on the desktop will do nada