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Installing the software

Avant Window Navigator (AWN or Awn) is now in Portage. Community-developed applets are provided in the avant-window-navigator-extras package. If you're running a stable arch and Awn has not been stabilized for it, you need to unmask it first. Issue as root (replace ~x86 with your arch):

echo "gnome-extra/avant-window-navigator ~x86" >> /etc/portage/package.keywords
echo "gnome-extra/avant-window-navigator-extras ~x86" >> /etc/portage/package.keywords
echo "net-libs/libgmail ~x86" >> /etc/portage/package.keywords

Then emerge it:

emerge -av avant-window-navigator avant-window-navigator-extras

There are a few ways to run Awn. To change its settings, go to the Preferences by right clicking on the bar, or alternatively, run awn-manager from the terminal.

Note:You need to have compositing enabled to run AWN. Another discussion on compositing managers is at the Awn wiki.

Autostart AWN

In Xfce 4.4 and above, right click on desktop then go to "Settings > Autostarted Applications" and add "avant-window-navigator" to the list. Similarly, in GNOME go to System > Preferences > Sessions and add a new entry there. Another option is to make a new file in ~/.config/autostart called AWN.desktop:

File: ~/.config/autostart/AWN.desktop
[Desktop Entry]
Encoding=UTF-8
Version=0.9.4
Type=Application
Name=AWN
Comment=
Exec=/usr/bin/avant-window-navigator
StartupNotify=false
Terminal=false
Hidden=false

Xfce

If you don't need to start the xfce4-panel, modify /etc/xdg/xfce4-session/xfce4-session.rc accordingly:

File: /etc/xdg/xfce4-session/xfce4-session.rc
[Failsafe Session]
Count=4
Client0_Command=xfwm4
Client0_PerScreen=False
#Client1_Command=xfce4-panel
#Client1_PerScreen=False
Client2_Command=Thunar,--daemon
Client2_PerScreen=False
Client3_Command=xfdesktop
Client3_PerScreen=False

In order to change the default file manager, in Nautilus, right-click on a folder and go to "Open With" tab in the properties; add "Thunar" and select it.

Applets

If an applet does not start properly run the AWN in a terminal and look for the errors. Usually there is a python package that is missing. Additional details about awn-extras's dependencies can be found on its official installation page.

Battery

To get the battery applet working you need to emerge sys-power/acpi:

emerge -av sys-power/acpi

AWN System Monitor

The default look (background/foreground) can be customized by right clicking on individual items in the dialog.

Volume Control

You need pyalsaaudio and gnome-python:

emerge -av dev-python/pyalsaaudio dev-python/gnome-python

This applet reads the default values in gconf under /desktop/gnome/sound/. You could change the default device and track either directly using gconf-editor or using gnome-sound-properties (Hold Ctrl to select more than one track).

See also

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