Re: AfterStep for two users?

Andrew Sullivan (
Wed, 5 Jan 2000 19:35:57 -0500

On Wed, Jan 05, 2000 at 02:29:47PM +0100, Iwant Afterstep wrote:
>      When you say "remove AS," do you mean "rm -r 
> ~/GNUstep/Library/AfterStep ?  

No, I don't think so.  Here's what you did:

1.	You have a system-wide copy of AS under /usr/X11R6/share/.  Now,
that is _probably_ just the config files.  Likely under /usr/X11R6/bin/ you
have an actual binary.  (If you want to seewhere anything with the name
"afterstep" is, at a command prompt, try this:

	$ find / -name afterstep -print

You'll likely get some errors if you're not root, but so what?)

What you need to so is use rpm to remove _that_ version of afterstep.  If
you use an RPM file, you can probably use the upgrade switch to RPM to make
this work; you'll need to talk to someone who knows about rpm (i.e. not me)
to learn more, read 'man rpm', and read the HOWTO (preferably in reverse
order to my list there).  If you can't find HOWTOs on your system, check out


Your nest problem is the _other_ AS that you have installed.  Again, you
likely want to use rpm to remove it.  One way to preserve your theme and all
the rest is to make a copy of the directory structure you have before you
have at it.  Use

	$ mkdir OLDstep   [<--------call this whatever you like]
	$ cp -ra GNUstep/* OLDstep/

Someone suggested the Linux newbie list; I also suggest you look there, and
check out the Guides available from the linuxdoc site I mentioned above.

Oh, and BTW, you can also sometimes use <Ctl>-<Alt>-<Fn>, where 'n' is the
number of the screen you started from (try "1") to get to a console.  If
you're having trouble with X, and <Ctl>-<Alt>-<Bksp> doesn't work, go to the
console you started from, and try hitting <Ctl>-C.  Not pretty, but it's
likely to work.  Also, you can try flipping to some _other_ console, and
killing the X process you have running.  (Read more about processes and
killing stuff in the _Installation and Getting Started Guide_.)

Oh, and don't worry.  As long as you don't work as root, it's very difficult
to do any permanent damage to your system (though not to your own account!). 
Have fun.  Remember that evveryone started out knowing nothing.  Some of us
(ok, just me, but anyway) still haven't learned!

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