New user, some help please

Chris Green (
Wed, 6 Jan 1999 13:39:19 +0000

I am new to AfterStep but familiar with window managers and Unix/Linux
in general.  I have configured twm in the dim and distant past and
more recently dtwm.

I have decided to use AfterStep on my home Linux (RedHat 5.2) system
after trying fvwm[2], Window Maker and a couple of others.  AfterStep
still seems a little OTT for my liking (I'm a bit of a minimalist) but
customisation seems to allow me to get rid of more of its clutter more
easily than other Window Managers.

I have a couple of queries which the FAQ doesn't seem to answer, not
directly at least:-

1 - What's the non-configurable directory for?  I have seen a couple of
references to it but no actual explanation.

2 - I know there are some references to this in the FAQ but they are a
bit obtuse.  How can I simplify the pigs ear that RedHat makes of
starting up X?  It's a horrible mish-mash of different approaches as
supplied.  Can I just clean up the startx file, build my own .xinitrc
and ignore the rest?

3 - One note in the FAQ suggests that RedHat uses M4 configuration
files for AfterStep but this doesn't seem to be so to me (not in 5.2
anyway), am I right?  The directories below $HOME/GNUstep/... seem to
be as described in the documentation and seem to work OK.

4 - Are Wharf and Zharf fundamentally different?  I can't quite see
any significant difference at the moment.

Chris Green 
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