Using tray-icons on IceWM window-manager

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IceWM is my favourite window-manager on linux. It’s fast, small and clean – the opposite of Gnome and KDE.

But there was one thing missing: tray-icons. I didn’t care much about this until last week where i’ve installed linux on my notebook. It was very easy to install the whole system but at least there was no possibility to configure my wifi/wlan. In mainstream-configurations there is a tool called nm-applet which put’s itself into the tray-bar, but without a tray-bar nothing will be shown instead.

My old .xinitrc looks as followed:

xbindkeys
xhost +
gkrellm &
nm-applet &
exec icewm

But that’s not the way how IceWM should be started! It should look like as followed:

xbindkeys
xhost +
gkrellm &
nm-applet &
exec icewm-session

Important is that IceWM will be started as icewm-session and thats a big difference. Doing so will end up in showing a nice tray-bar where nm-applet can put itself.

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