How to get a working Desktop->(Looks/Feels/Pictures menu) [was: Re: Looks switching bug]

David Mihm (
Thu, 7 Jan 1999 13:02:55 -0600 (CST)

On Thu, 7 Jan 1999, Randall Hopper wrote:
! Unfortunately, this isn't the case here.  I did:
!      > cd ~/.GNUstep/Library/AfterStep
!      > mkdir looks feels pictures
! , then rebuilt the start menu via Desktop->Update-Start-Menu, and the
! Looks, Feels, and Pictures menus are gone from the Desktop menu, as before.
! If I nuke non-configurable/startmenu and restart AfterStep, they're back.
	You are making this alot harder than it is.  Take a look at the
/usr/local/share/afterstep/start/ directory tree.  Notice that there is a
Desktop/ directory (which is where the looks/feels/pictures are in the
menu).  Do you also see the Feel, Look, and Pictures directories under
Desktop/ dir?  Notice that there isn't anything in them, they are filled
in within the menu from the files that exist in the
/usr/local/share/afterstep/desktop/(feels/looks/backgrounds) respectively.
As the man pages state repeatedly, the global files are under the share
tree and are *overriden* if they exist in the user directory - ~/G/L/A/.
Is this concept making sense yet?
	So, now just copy recursively the entire
/usr/local/share/afterstep/ directory structure to ~/G/L/A/ and all will
be fine.  If you edit/delete anything in the non-configurable directory -
it is proof positive that you have not rtfm!  (I spent alot of time
redoing the man pages, and you'd better read them (: )
	If this is still unclear, please respond with a concise
description of what you fail to understand.

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