Re: Restoring Background after Stopping Animations

Clark Ashton Smith (
Fri, 16 Mar 2001 16:45:55 -0500

I had created a sub directory named "Backgrounds" at:
and in it I put a .include file in it with:

include "~/GNUstep/Library/AfterStep/BackGrounds" Background
command Background

The actual background images are stored where the include
file pointed to.

Then I put in a command to stop animations and restore 
background in that same directory that contained the .include
file and I called it b_StopAnimation. I put the following line
in the menu file:

Exec "Stop animation" exec sh -c "killall xlock && 'Module \"\" asetroot'"

No matter what I did, that line would only temporarily stop animations and it would
load the xv program background.   Weird.  Anyway, moving that menu command-file to 
another directory solved the problem.  Apparently you can't have menu commands share 
the same directory as a picture list.  Who knew?

Thanks for your help on this one.

irb <>wrote:
> From: irb <>
> * Clark Ashton Smith ( [010314 21:09]:
> > irb wrote:
> > >
> > I installed xv and tried your command bellow.  It stops the animation
> > temporarily and loads a tile of the xv banner window instead of
> > my jpg.?
> hunh. did you compile afterstep yourself? the default is for asetroot to
> call xli -onroot -quiet; for some reason (perhaps you installed an rpm
> or deb?) it's calling xv instead.
> Unless I'm missing something.
> What version are you running? The latest stable release is 1.8.8.
> > Thanks for your help so far.  That tail -f suggestion has helps
> > allot.
> No prob. Glad to help.
> > > Exec "Stop animations" exec sh -c "killall xlock ; killall xearth ;
> > > killall xfish ; killall xsnow ; 'Module \"\" asetroot'"
> >
> > What is  Perl script?  Is it documented anywhere?  Is
> > there a way to pass the image name I want asetroot to load?
> It (should) come with afterstep itself; it's a perl script to pass
> arguments to AS via the command line. --help will give you
> the options it accepts.
> It isn't documented anywhere that I know of, 'cept the ChangeLog in the
> source distribution.... *grin*
> General Question: Is anyone actively maintaining AS documentation these
> days? Many files within AS still reference 1.7, and compiling
> libasConfig seems totally undocumented...
> /i.
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