plank the dock of elementary os for porteus linux

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plank the dock of elementary os for porteus linux

Post#1 by francois » 07 Nov 2017, 02:41

It is never too late to learn about docks. This is the thread for it. Please provide your knowledge and comment about this type of application.

Comparing plank to other dockers:
https://www.ghacks.net/2017/05/17/a-com ... lications/
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/8-power-do ... x-machine/
https://www.slant.co/versus/11681/11682/~docky_vs_plank

Plank
plank and dependencies are easily fetched with:

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usm -g plank

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bamf
lidbusmenu
libgee
libwnck3
Build from source:

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usm sbo -b plank
Needed packages for building from source under xfce4:

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vala
gobject-instrospection
Plank-themer (some videos provided):
http://rhoconlinux.github.io/plank-themer/index.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1cYCQ7QwRo **does not work**

Make sure that you have xterm and follow the command line.

Get it running at bootup by writing the plank command in the autostart folder. Installing applications in the dock is easy just open these applications or drag a .desktop file to the dock. The application should be available at next bootup when right clicking application shows that it is selected to be kept in the dock. Many of these .desktop files are located in /usr/share/applications, but not exclusively. With midnight commander or mc in command line, make a search on *.desktop to find some more. These last ones might not all work.

Actions:
left click will start the application
right click will offer a menu of actions possible that specific application
ctrl+left click will start a second instance of the application
ctrl+right click will open the setting menu for plank
ctrl+right click > preferences will open the settings for plank, there are interesting docklets.

Files of plank are in:
/usr/share/plank The themes for the dock
/usr/bin/plank The plank command line
/usr/share/doc/plank
/usr/lib64/plank/docklets The docklets
~/home/your-user-name/.cache/plank Empty
~/home/your-user-name/.config/plank/dock1/launchers Info relative to the items added to the dock
/etc/skel/.config/plank/dock1/launchers/ Empty, but could include some basic application for the initial launching of plank, depends on your taste. :D

Questions and answers about plank:
https://answers.launchpad.net/plank
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plank the dock of elementary os

Post#2 by francois » 07 Nov 2017, 03:49

Plank works well under xfce, but all the features do not work under open box and lxde.

Creating additional plank docklets:
https://answers.launchpad.net/plank/+question/273885

Plank magnifying effect not present in lxde and probably openbox:
https://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2285213
Install compton thru usm and put it in autostart.
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plank the dock of elementary os

Post#3 by francois » 08 Nov 2017, 11:49

Plank will be at its best under xfce4 desktop under porteus 3.2.2.
Not bad but with inadequate icons in kde-plasma. There is some work to be done to replace the right icons and sometimes the right command line to get some applications going on.
Settings will not save from one session to another under lxde.

Any suggestion?

Edit:
Installing plank (or cairo-docks) under openbox:
https://www.lifewire.com/install-openbo ... tu-4051832
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