Re: Backgrounds

Greg Anderson (
Sat, 17 Apr 1999 10:29:11 -0400

Mark Ogden wrote:
> What's wrong with the wharf apps? I've got everything I need all on one
> ...

How does that compare to a full screen "top -c" ? 
It looks neat flashing away in Wharf, and it can warn me something 
is using to much CPU, but then I would click into my full screen 
"top" to see what's really going on.

Icon sized GUI graphs don't give me enough information.  Is there 
something I'm missing?  

I like Wharf.  I like the little widgets you can dock in it, but 
functionally I think the pager is more useful for administration 
and creating a useful work environment.  Each app using most of 
the screen on separate pages instead of apps piled on top of each

> desk. I've got my syslog in an aterm in the corner and asmem, ascpu and
> wminet docked in my wharf telling me anything I care to know. At a glance
> I know how many processes I've got running and how many users are logged
> on. If I want a look at top all I've got to do is click on wminet. I used
> to have wmint showing me all my interrupts but an upgrade to kernel 2.2.5
> stopped this from working. Anyone know if there's a new version out that
> works?
> Markypoos
> On Fri, 16 Apr 1999, Greg Anderson wrote:
> > I can't figure out why others have not realized how useful
> > the pager is! Seems people "sort of" use the pager and then
> > spend most of the time playing with Wharf.  I have the pager
> > setup with 12 labeled desktops which I can get to by pressing
> > Shift-F1 through Shift-F12.
> >
> > Have a look at it:
> >
> >
> >
> > My autoexec calls a bash script that fires up all the programs
> > I usually use on each desktop and page I normally use it in
> > and then I leave them all running.  I made my font for the
> > pager balloons huge so I can quickly pass the mouse over the
> > desktop to find a running app.
> >
> > I can and do have xterms open very large on pages giving me
> > information on TOP, ps, the network, etc... Instead of some
> > tiny little graph in a Wharf button, I have full screen
> > information about my system by just pressing a Shift-Function
> > key or clicking the mouse on the pager.  I don't understand
> > docking that kind of information into tiny Wharf graphs that
> > really don't give you very much information at all.

Greg Anderson