Re: Hello to AfterStep for the Nth Time ;-)

Jan Sacharuk (
Tue, 4 Aug 1998 10:06:50 -0600 (MDT)

On Tue, 4 Aug 1998, Maury Merkin wrote:

I'm a person that went to 1.4 'cause I thought it would provide a
bug-fix that I wanted. As it turned out, it wasn't a bug, just
something that *I* thought was a bug. It was planned. So, since I had
1.4 installed and everything, I tried to stick with it. It took me 2
weeks to configure it to something close to the way my 1.0 was setup.
Well, I moved my linux drive to another machine, and found an unused
partition that I was wondering about. Without thinking, I mounted it
as /home, and formatted it. G'bai, home directory with configuration
So, I still had the gzips for 1.0 and 1.4 hanging around. I compiled
and installed 1.0, and had it completely configured the way I had it
before in less than a day. It helps to partition off the file in
discrete segments, and include something near unique in the header
before that section. Then, you just use Emacs (or vi, that'll work
too..) to find that section, and go to it. Less space than many
directories. No searching around for what you think *must* be in that
other file.
Personally, I think that 1.>0 should be set up to take either the
directory, or the one file. Make life much easier.

@>I also want to say that I think the newer configuration scheme is much easier to
@>deal with than wading through a huge .steprc file.
@>One "trick" (if you could call it that) to save a helluva lot of typing is to create
@>a symlink in your home directory as follows:
@>cd ~
@>ln -s GNUstep/Library/AfterStep .as
@>Then all you have to do to edit your database file, for example, is
@>vi .as/database
@>or  to add a new sub-menu to your start menu
@>mkdir ".as/start/Fun n Games"
@>or whatever.

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Jan Sacharuk

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