Virtualbox shared folder

Problem: I have to use a virtual machine running Slackware32 to test build the scripts I maintain at Therefore I need an easy way to transfer the scripts and other files between the host and guest machines.
Solution: I use VirtualBox installed from the All distributions AMD64 binary. The host is running pure Slackware64 and the guest additions are installed in the Slackware32 guest. Read the rest of this entry »

Hiding unwanted .desktop entries from the menu

Problem: There are a few desktop entries that I do not want to be shown in the menu.
Solution: I used to just delete them from /usr/share/applications, but apparently there was a smarter way. Just open the .desktop file, e.g. /usr/share/applications/CMake.desktop and add the NoDisplay option: Read the rest of this entry »

Make 32bit programs use the current GTK theme

Problem: on a Slackware64 multilib system, 32bit applications will not use the current GTK theme by default.
Solution: first, make your system multilib, following AlienBob’s instructions and check the corresponding section from Slackware-FAQ. I used exactly same engine as the example — murrine. Read the rest of this entry »

Seamonkey/Firefox file associations

Problem: Seamonkey/Firefox does not know by default how to handle downloaded files and magnet links.
Solution: Read AlienBob’s and someslack blogs regularly :) The instructions for Firefox work just fine for Seamonkey. Read the rest of this entry »


Problem: When using UTF-8 system wide, some programs like XMMS have issues (bad fonts size, etc…).
Solution: Launch such programs with a custom LANG setting set in their .desktop file.
First, enable UTF-8. Read the rest of this entry »