Further Lighten antiX Ratpoison!

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Sudo and Ratpoison!

Many thanks to macondo.

Sudo is installed by default in antiX

Edit the file /etc/sudoers

 # nano /etc/sudoers

and added the last 2 lines for myself and my wife (the only other user) and left it looking like this:

 # sudoers file.
 #    # This file MUST be edited with the "visudo" command as root.
 # See the man page for details on how to write a sudoers file.
 # Host alias specification
 # User alias specification
 # Cmnd alias specification
 # User privilege specification
   root ALL=(ALL) ALL
   onthego ALL=/usr/sbin/mesm
   %users ALL=/usr/bin/apt-get -s upgrade
   macondo ALL = NOPASSWD : ALL
   giovi ALL = NOPASSWD: /sbin/halt, /sbin/reboot


then I tested it, as user:

 $ sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

works fine. My wife can only shutdown and reboot.


Ratpoison is a very light wm that only uses 1,4 MB RAM (acording to ps aux), whereas icewm and fluxbox use 4-5 MB RAM, so if you got an old box..

To install, a simple:

 #apt-get install ratpoison

The version for rp in the ubuntu repos is not the latest (1.4.0) and I wanted the latest (1.4.1). I couldn't remember what came by default with antiX so I installed everything:

 $ sudo apt-get install zip unzip bzip2 build-essential xorg-dev checkinstall

it told me some were already the latest versions and proceeded to install the rest. I created a new folder in my /home and named it 'source', then went to the rp website:


and downloaded the source to my /home/macondo/source folder, read the INSTALL section, then moved/cd to rp's location:

 $ cd /home/macondo/source/rat<TAB> to autocomplete the name

once there, I proceeded to compile it:

 as user:
 sudo checkinstall -D
 (D for Debian and S for Slackware)

then installed the newly made .deb:

 sudo dpkg -i rat <TAB key> <Enter>

and that was it, added this to my .ratpoisonrc:

 alias term exec aterm
 escape F8
 warp on
 startup_message off
 set winname class
 defborder 0
 defpadding 0 0 0 0
 defbarpadding 0 0
 exec xsetroot -solid black -cursor_name left_ptr
 bind semicolon colon
 bind colon exec
 alias showroot exec ratpoison -c fdump; ratpoison -c 'select -' -c only
 alias unshowroot exec ratpoison -c "frestore at $HOME/.rpfdump"
 bind B showroot
 ###Shortcut for apps
 bind F12 exec xfe
 bind F11 exec xchat
 bind F10 exec xzgv
 bind F9 exec aterm -e elinks
 bind o exec opera
 bind f exec firefox
 bind F6 exec sylpheed-claws-gtk2
 bind F5 exec aterm -e scrot -c -d 10
 bind x exec xtrlock
 bind r restart
 bind Delete exec sudo halt
 bind W exec ~/bin/windows
 bind c exec aterm
 #numpad numbers work to select window
 bind KP_0 select 0
 bind KP_1 select 1
 bind KP_2 select 2
 bind KP_3 select 3
 bind KP_4 select 4
 bind KP_5 select 5
 bind KP_6 select 6
 bind KP_7 select 7
 bind KP_8 select 8
 bind KP_9 select 9

voilĂ !

 F8 + c <will launch aterm, etc>
 F8 + o <launches opera>
 F8 + f <launches firefox>
 F8 + Delete <shutdown>
 F8 + r <restart>
 F8 + a <will give you time and date> (in the upper right corner)
 F8 + w <will show what windows you got open>
 F8 + k <closes the app you're using>
 F8 + s <splits the screen horizontally>
 F8 + S <splits the screen vertically>
 F8 + Q <unsplits, back to normal>

To move between screens a la alt-tab, there are 3 ways:

 F8+Space bar

For a Run box, add the following to the bottom of the .ratpoisonrc file:

 # top-level shortcuts (don't require prefix key)
 definekey top C-space exec
 definekey top Print exec aterm -e scrot -c -d 10

Ctrl + spacebar will give me run box on the right hand corner, good for sudoing and launching apps as user.

The reason I use F8 as my meta key is because I don't have to move my hand from the keyboard, but you could replace F8 with the keys Pause, Insert, or the default Ctrl+t (C-t). In order to take a screenshot all I have to do is press the Print key, nifty huh?

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