Re: 1.6.6: Pager dogs window mgr down badly

Randall Hopper (
Wed, 6 Jan 1999 09:06:13 -0500

Andrew Sullivan:
 |On Tue, 5 Jan 1999, Randall Hopper wrote:
 |> However, I notice that I can't set a new root picture using the entries in
 |> the "Pictures" menu unless Pager is running.  The root just doesn't change.
 |> This seems like a bug.
 |Nope.  That's a feature.  Pager sets the background; ergo, if Pager
 |doesn't run, the background can't get set.

Well, if you use multiple views/desktops, it's not a problem.  But think
about it from the standpoint of a user who doesn't use views/desktops (and
maybe doesn't even know that they exist).  From their standpoint, the
question is:

     Why doesn't my Pictures menu just "work"?  Pager?  Why should I run
     this Pager, which is used to switch views/desktops when I don't switch
     views/desktops?  The Pictures menu ought to work out-of-the-box,
     Pager or no Pager.

Now mind you, I understand the technical reason for having the Pager at
least initiate the root set when multiple views and/or desktops are used,
but it doesn't seem like it should have to be "in the loop" when 1 view, 1
desktop is used for the Pictures menu to work (or multiple views/desktops
and the user just wants the same Afterstep predefined picture on all

So maybe the Pictures entries should do something like:

   if Pager running
      have Pager switch the desktop root to image X
      just set the root to image X

Randall Hopper