HOWTO: Avant Window Navigator

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Warning!! This method is able to grab unstable code that is primarily used for beta testing and development purposes only. If you would like to grab the latest stable code, follow this guide: HOWTO: Avant Window Navigator (AWN)

Avant Window Navigator (AWN) is a nice application dock for Gnome (might work in KDE, I havent tested it).

When writing this howto, the ebuild for AWN was not working. So this is how to build and install it from the svn sources.

Install bzr

sudo emerge bzr

If sudo does not work try su

Fetch the Sources

To download the bzr sources, open a terminal and type the following:

bzr checkout avant-window-navigator

Once it is done downloading, enter the directory so we can begin compiling

cd avant-window-navigator

Compile and Install

Now we are ready to compile and install, the following commands will take care of that:

sudo make install

NOTE: If you are using 3.4a and sudo doesn't work for you, either use "su -" command to become root, or read HOWTO: Enable sudo

Fix Libraries

For some reason, AWN installs its libraries in /usr/local/lib instead of in /usr/lib. So you will get an error trying to run it. To solve this, I just symlinked the libraries like this:

sudo ln -s /usr/local/lib/ /usr/lib/
sudo ln -s /usr/local/lib/ /usr/lib/

Run the Program

After fixing those libraries, AWN should run, you can run it in a terminal like this:

avant-window-navigator &

It should have created a menu entry under Accessories as well

Auto Start at Login


Open the main menu and navigate to Settings -> Autostarted Applications

Click on add and enter the following information:

Name: Avant Window Navigator
Command: avant-window-manager

That should be it! Enjoy your new dock!