Re: From 1.0 to 1.6.0, Whew!

Albert Schueller (
Fri, 11 Dec 1998 18:45:17 -0800

Quoting Francis GALIEGUE (
> > 
> > Anyway, first I want to mention a real "undocumented feature".  Did you
> > know that you can still put keystroke commands on the submenus by simply
> > creating directories with names like:
> > 
> >         Shells\ \&S
> > 
> You lost me there?

Suppose you wanted to add a submenu to the default startmenu (the menu
attached to the left mouse button).  You'd first copy the directory 
/usr/local/share/afterstep/start and its contents to the afterstep
directory in your $HOME directory.

Then create the subdirectory Shells &S with the command:

cd ~/GNUstep/Library/Afterstep/start
mkdir Shells\ \&S

This will create a subdirectory with the name Shells &S the slashes in the
mkdir command protect the space and the ampersand from being interpreted by
your unix shell.  Now update your startmenu by choosing the appropriate
command under the Desktop submenu on the startmenu.  Next look at your
new start menu.  There should be a new submenu names "Shells".  Now if you
leave the startmenu up and type "S" the Shell submenu will pop up (it's
empty, so it won't be very interesting).  It's the &S in the directory name
that makes the keystroke command work.  If your startmenu can be brought up
with a keystroke, like mine can, and you've created your submenus and
commands with & notation, then you can traverse your entire startmenu using
the keyboard.  It really works well for me.