I'm currently running Openbox as WM, with Urxvt as terminal emulator, and zsh as shell.

I use Mutt for emailing, Ranger for files, Cortex for redditing, Newsbeuter for RSSing. All of these programs are keybound to run from Urxvt with the -e toggle, here's an example from my /Openbox/rc.xml of how I start Ncmpcpp:

<keybind key="W-F5"><action name="Execute">
  <command>urxvt -name ncmpcpp -e ncmpcpp -h 192.168.x.x -p 1337

All the other programs are pretty much started the same way. I end up with something like this:

I.e, all of these terminal programs end up under Urxvt. I would like to be able to have separate icons for all of the above programs, i also want them to be on their own when alt-tabbing.

I have tried making a ncmpcpp.desktop file which contains the following:

    [Desktop Entry]
GenericName=NCurses Music Player Client
Exec=ncmpcpp -h 192.168.1.x -p 1337

To no avail. Ncmpccp is still lumped together with Urxvt both in Plank and in the alt-tab menu. Ofcourse it is run from URxvt, but shouldn't it be possible to run it independently?

Appreciate any help at all.

  • Which dock app are you using?
    – muru
    Sep 5, 2014 at 6:42
  • I'm using Plank with the default theme.
    – user224674
    Sep 5, 2014 at 6:47
  • I've also tried using Docky, same thing.
    – user224674
    Sep 5, 2014 at 7:02


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