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Manual Reference Pages  -  PAGER (1)

NAME

Pager - the AfterStep Pager module

CONTENTS

Synopsis
Description
Copyrights
Initialization
Keyboard Focus Control
Invocation
Configuration Options
Author

SYNOPSIS

Pager is spawned by afterstep, so no command line invocation will work. From within the .steprc file, Pager is spawned as follows:

Module Pager 0 3

or from within an afterstep pop-up menu:

Popup "Module-Popup"         Title "Modules"         Module "Wharf" Wharf         Module "NoClutter" Clean         Module "Identify" Ident         Module "Banner" Banner         Module "Debug" Debug         Module "SaveDesktop" Save         Module "Pager" Pager 0 3 EndPopup

where "0" is the first desktop to show, and "3" is the last.

DESCRIPTION

The Pager module shows a miniature view of the AfterStep desktops which are specified in the command line. This is a useful reminder of where your active windows are. Windows in the pager are shown in the same color as their afterstep decorations.

The pager can be used to change your viewport into the current desktop, to change desktops, or to move windows around.

Pressing mouse button 1 in the pager will cause you viewport to change to the selected page of the selected desk. If you click with button 1 in the desk-label area, you will switch desks but not pages within the desk.

Dragging mouse button 2 on a miniature view of a window will cause that window to be move to the location where you release the mouse button, but your viewport will not change. If you drag the window out of the pager and onto your desktop, a full size image of the window will appear for you to place. There is no way to pick up a full size image of the window and move it into the pager, however. Since some mice do not have button 2, I have made provisions to drag windows in the pager by using pressing modifier-1 (usually Alt) and dragging with button 3.

Clicking mouse button 3 on a location within the current desktop will cause the viewport to move to the selected location, but will not align the viewport to a page boundary. Dragging button 3 will cause the viewport to move as you drag. Button 3 operations are limited to the current desktop only.

When iconified, the pager will work as a fully functional current page only pager. Windows and viewports can be moved within the icon of the pager. Users will want to make sure that they have no lines similar to


Icon " Pager" whatever

in their .steprc files.

COPYRIGHTS

The Clean program, and the concept for interfacing this module to the Window Manager, are all original work by Robert Nation.

Copyright 1994, Robert Nation. No guarantees or warranties or anything are provided or implied in any way whatsoever. Use this program at your own risk. Permission to use this program for any purpose is given, as long as the copyright is kept intact.

INITIALIZATION

During initialization, Pager will eventually search a configuration file which describes the time-outs and actions to take. The configuration file is the same file that afterstep used during initialization.

If the Pager executable is linked to another name, i.e. ln -s Pager OtherPager, then another module called OtherPager can be started, with a completely different configuration than Pager, simply by changing the keyword Pager to OtherPager. This way multiple pager programs can be used.

KEYBOARD FOCUS CONTROL

You can direct the keyboard focus to any window on the current desktop by clicking with button 2 on its image in the pager. The window does not need to be visible, but it does need to be on the current page.

INVOCATION

The invocation method was shown in the synopsis section

CONFIGURATION OPTIONS

Pager reads the same .steprc file as fvwm reads when it starts up, and looks for certain configuration options:

*PagerGeometry geometry Completely or partially specifies the pager windows location and geometry, in standard X11 notation. In order to maintain an undistorted aspect ratio, you might want to leave out either the width or height dimension of the geometry specification

*PagerRows rows Tells afterstep how many rows of desks to use when laying out the pager window.

*PagerColumns columns Tells afterstep how many columnss of desks to use when laying out the pager window.

*PagerIconGeometry geometry Specifies a size (optional) and location (optional) for the pager’s icon window. Since there is no easy way for Pager to determine the height of the icon’s label, you will have to make an allowance for the icon label height when using negative y-coordinates in the icon location specification (used to specify a location relative to the bottom instead of the top of the screen).

*PagerStartIconic Causes the pager to start iconified.

*PagerFont font-name Specified a font to use to label the desktops. If font_name is "none" then no desktop labels will be displayed.

*PagerSmallFont font-name Specified a font to use to label the window names in the pager. If not specified, the window labels will be omitted. Window labels seem to be fairly useless for desktop scales of 32 or greater.

*PagerFore color Specifies the color to use to write the desktop labels, and to draw the page-grid lines.

*PagerBack color Specifies the background color for the window.

*PagerHilight color The active page and desk label will be highlighted by using this background pattern instead of the normal background.

*PagerLabel desk label Assigns the text label to desk desk in the pager window. Useful for assigning symbolic names to desktops, ie

*PagerLabel 1 Mail *PagerLabel 2 Maker *PagerLabel 2 Matlab

DeskTopScale number If the geometry is not specified, then a desktop reduction factor is used to calculate the pager’s size. Things in the pager window are shown at 1/number of the actual size.

AUTHOR

Robert Nation

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