Re: misconceptions about --options to configure [was Re: none]

David Mihm (
Fri, 9 Feb 2001 14:13:12 -0600 (CST)

On Fri, 9 Feb 2001 wrote:

> Well, I used the SAME file trees (/usr/local/share/afterstep/* and
> ~abUserHome/GNUstep/Library/AfterStep/*) -- (The preinstalled version
> was in /usr/share/afterstep), but with their version, my pager was
> 2 desktops with 1 virtual screen in each, but with the one I built,
> it worked great (I got the file trees from another machine which I was
> already using, and the versions were the same - 1.8.3).

The base.#bpp file contains the directive DeskTopSize which "defines the
number of view Columns by the number of view Rows of the desk(s) in
proportional units, i.e. 2x1 would show 2 views of 1 desk, one beside
another."  For your case it would be 1x1.  While this is settable during
configure (only by using macros to set these items in the conf files
themselves), you have just show it's in the conf files themselves.

> I also compiled
> in the ability to use my start menu options which were in my feel file --
> I find it MUCH easier to put my menus into 1 file than to scatter bunches
> of 1 or 2 line files in a tree of directories.

This ability is already in, there is nothing to "compile in" for this to
happen.  Are you referring to --enable-fixed-menus, if so this isn't what
you are describing here.   It was a request by Red Hat way back when, to
define a directory where these "1 or 2 line files in a tree of
directories" could be kept away from users (so they wouldn't rm them) but
yet they would still appear in the menu no matter what their user
~/G/L/A/start/ directory had.

> wrote:
> >
> > On  9 Feb, wrote:
> > > It is a shame that you have to pick your desktop dimensions at COMPILE
> > > time and not as a feel option :(
> >
> > This is completely and utterly _wrong_, with one exception - if you want a
> > different look & feel for each desktop.
> > I think people look at ./configure --help and think they need to set all
> > these things; and I agree, all the default options should have something
> > next to them showing they are default, but you don't need to have any
> > options to configure at all.  Everything is configurable from the
> > configuration files (aside from that _one_ thing mentioned above).  This
> > isn't one of those other window managers that has everything tied into
> > configure, and only allows changes made that affect look/feel to be
> > set from configure.  This is why we here at AfterStep think our window
> > manager is the most configureable, because of the fact that it _is_.  Yes,
> > I know I am preaching to the choir here, but it begs mentioning often, so
> > tell your friends. :)  So in closing, don't feel that you even need to
> > look at the output of configure --help and most of all, don't feel
> > pressured that you need to make a descision to set or unset one of these
> > options; just ./configure && make && make install!
> >
> >
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