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Manual Reference Pages  -  WMBLOB (1)

NAME

wmblob - a WindowMaker dockapp

CONTENTS

Synopsis
Description
Options
How To Use It
Cpu Usage
Copyright
Author
Bug Reports
Known Bugs
Thanks
See Also

SYNOPSIS

wmblob [ --help | --version ]

DESCRIPTION

(This manpage is mainly made of sections found in the file README coming with the wmblob tarball.)

I’ll be honest with you. The truth is: wmblob is a totally useless program. But unlike other totally useless programs (I won’t name them here, because they’re made by an enormous and rich company), it looks good and shows funny moving ‘blobs’. I’m sure you’ll like it. It’s a nice dockapp for WindowMaker (see ‘www.windowmaker.org’), but it’s probably going to run just as well with any other window manager.

OPTIONS

Note: The command line options for setting the colors have been removed.
-b, --broken-wm
  Handle broken window managers. Some of them seems to need it, but --windowed might be the better solution.
-w, --windowed
  Run in a window.
-d dp, --display dp
  Use the given display.
-h, --help Print a short help message.
-v, --version
  Print version informations.

HOW TO USE IT

Simply start it and watch it. Nice, eh?

What? Don’t see anything? Try giving the ‘--broken-wm’ or ‘--windowed’ options to wmblob.
Clicking in the window will open a dialog with lots of options. (You can’t change the colors anymore by clicking with different buttons, like in older versions.) All these settings change the way wmblob behaves. Sorry, I won’t describe all of them here; you can find it out yourself by fiddling around. You can look at some examples by loading the presets. Select a preset from the dropdown menu, click ‘load’ and then ‘apply’.

wmblob saves it’s settings and presets in the file .wmblobrc in your home directory. you should not edit this file unless you really know what you’re doing. wmblob may crash if the file is not set up properly. if you’ve messed things up, simply delete this file, wmblob will recreate it with the default settings.

CPU USAGE

Being nothing more than a toy (a nice toy), wmblob cannot be tolerated to use too much of your cpu. While the amount of cpu time required by wmblob is small (less than 1/2%) with the default settings on modern machines, it can use considerable cpu time (maybe 10%) on older and slow machines with heavy settings (lots of blobs). It’s your choice to run wmblob or not. Also consider to nice it.

COPYRIGHT

wmblob is copyright by jean-luc herren. The GPL version 2 (or newer, if desired) applies to all portions of the code I wrote. If you don’t know the GPL, please see the file COPYING in the root of the source tree or go to ‘www.gnu.org’.

The file wmlessgeneral.c has been taken from wmgeneral.c by Martijn Pieterse (pieterse at xs4all dot nl). wmblob.c was originally derived from wmdots.c from ‘wmdots’ by Mark I Manning IV (?), but there’s nothing left from his original code.

AUTHOR

wmblob was written by Jean-Luc Herren. (jlh at gmx dot ch)

BUG REPORTS

Bugs? Where? Well, if you find one or have some comments, questions or problems or feel like saying hello, feel free to send me an e-mail (jlh at gmx dot ch). Warning: If you spam me, I’ll remote activate wmblob to delete all your precious data and to break you a leg.

KNOWN BUGS

None. Unless you tell me about one. I run it permanently on my machine and never encountered any problems.

THANKS

Thanks to other people who wrote dockapps, I read some of their sources. Especially: wmdots, wmMand and wmgeneral.

Thanks to Thomas Otto, for his patch, for command line args.

Thanks to G�rkan Seng�n (gurkan at linuks dot mine dot nu), for making a Debian package and writing the initial manpage.

Thanks to Arthur Melissen for the help with FreeBSD.

And thanks to all the people, who dropped me an email! It’s nice to hear that you like it! :)

SEE ALSO

The WindowMaker homepage: ‘www.windowmaker.org’. The DockApp homepage: ‘BSDforge.com’. See also the file ‘README’ and the file ‘doc/how_it_works’ if you’re curious. Both are included with the wmblob source tarball.

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