CrystalRoxHOWTO(1)               FVWM-Crystal               CrystalRoxHOWTO(1)

       Crystal ROX! HOWTO (Read as "Crystal rocks!" ;)

       In this HOWTO I will show you how to setup FVWM-Crystal desktop with
       ROX-Filer file manager, so they are working smoothly.

What is ROX-Filer?
       (From the ROX-Filer manual) ROX-Filer is a graphical file manger for
       the X Window System. Its user interface is based on the RISC OS filer
       and it supports similar features such as application directories and
       drag-and-drop loading and saving of files. The filer can also act as a
       pinboard, allowing you to pin frequently used files onto the desktop


       In Crystal, while you can utilize an application-based work system
       (open an application and from it's menu open a document), ROX-Filer
       will let you use also document-based work style (open a document file
       in selected application), of course after a little customization of
       Filer's settings.

How to make ROX-Filer work with FVWM-Crystal?
       Install ROX-Filer. I assume that executable is called 'rox'. If name is
       different, change it accordingly or make a symlink to

       In FVWM-Crystal you can select a "desktop manager" to use. This option
       is located in: Diamond -> Preferences -> Desktop manager. Select ROX-
       Filer.  Crystal will ask you to logout and start again your X session -
       you can do it right away or later, if you wish.

       If everything was correctly installed, FVWM-Crystal should run with
       gray background and "Home" icon in the upper-left corner of the screen
       (that's ROX's pinboard). Now click on the background and from the menu
       select "ROX-Filer"->"Options". Go to "Iconified windows" and turn off
       "Show iconified windows" option. Now go to "Compatibility" section and
       turn on "Pass all backdrop mouse clicks to window manager" option. This
       way you will be able to open terminal windows using RMB on the desktop.
       ROX-Filer menu can be still accessed by clicling with RMB on the icons.
       You can now change ROX's options at will.

       You can change desktop wallpaper using the Crystal's menu system.

Known issues:
       ·  window thumbnails aren't transparent, probably because FVWM doesn't
          use ROX's pinboard as the source of transparency for it's icons?

       ·  Icon selected on the desktop stays selected; that's because ROX-
          Filer sends all mouse button clicks to the window manager. If you
          don't want a selected icon on the desktop all the time, open a
          directory or launch a file from your desktop.

       Maciej Delmanowski <>

version 3.1.0                    June 13, 2011              CrystalRoxHOWTO(1)