Software to complement window manager

Basic features

by ross at 07:23:41 on October 28, 2011


  • Utility to compose wallpapers for X
# cd /usr/ports/graphics/hsetroot
# make install clean


  • A screen capture utility.
# cd /usr/ports/graphics/scrot
# make install clean


  • Session locker/screen saver.
# cd /usr/ports/x11/xlockmore
# make install clean

Options for xlockmore: check MESAGL, check GTK2.


  • A customizable program to run programs, with tab-completion
# cd /usr/ports/x11/gmrun
# make install clean

If you use lxpanel you don't ned gmrun as you have lxpanelctl run command. Run lxpanelctl without arguments to see other actions you can bind to a key.


  • Graphical frontend to su.
# cd /usr/ports/sysutils/gksu
# make install clean

Bind gksuexec to any key to get Run as user dialog.


  • A simple and easy to use graphical file manager.
# cd /usr/ports/x11-fm/rox-filer
# make install clean
# cd /usr/ports/multimedia/rox-videothumbnail
# make install clean

Options for gnome-vfs: uncheck HAL.

Rox can show video thumbnails. To enable this functionality right click in rox, choose Options - Filer windows - Thumbnails. Click Video Thumbnails - Install type handlers.


  • An extremly fast and lightweight file manager which features tabbed browsing and user-friendly interface.
# cd /usr/ports/x11-fm/pcmanfm
# make install clean