No work on distributed HOME-directories

Gerd Heide (
Thu, 22 Jul 1999 16:30:16 +0200 (MET DST)


we have a problem with AfterStep, version 1.7.90, and HOME-directories.

Now AfterStep creates sockets in HOME-directories. This is very bad!
Often HOME-directories are realised on "distributed filesystems" using NFS
or AFS, e.g.

AFS doesn't know sockets. This is meaningful because sockets are provided
to make local communications. Local communication over net is absurdism.

All our users (about 4000) have an AFS-HOME-directory. 
I'm sorry to say AfterStep is no longer usable to us, current.

What is the solution? Can we put the sockets to a local filesystem
( /tmp,...) ?

We are working with RedHat 6.0 and AfterStep-1.7.90.



ghe@morgana /usr/doc/AfterStep-1.7.90 $ afterstep
Detected colordepth : 16
afterstep: unable to bind socket to name
/connect.DISPLAY=:0.0': Operation not permitted
Segmentation fault
ghe@morgana /usr/doc/AfterStep-1.7.90 $ Animate: unable to connect to socket
/connect.DISPLAY=:0.0': Connection refused
Animate: unable to establish connection to AfterStep
Wharf: unable to connect to socket '/afs/
Library/AfterStep/non-configurable/connect.DISPLAY=:0.0': Connection refused
Wharf: unable to establish connection to AfterStep

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