Re: [As-users] Start menu question, Pager bug report

Renegade Muskrat (
Thu, 03 Feb 2005 20:25:01 -0600

At 08:11 PM 2/3/2005 +0100, wrote:
 >> I recently updated to AS 2.00.02. I especially appreciate the new
 >> include_ordered feature in the menu .include file. But, as i 
 >> my quest to customize my desktop a little more, i've run into a 
 >> configuration issue that i don't know how to fix. Many applications 

 >> that are listed in the system start menu have icons next to them.
 >> Having icons is kind of nice, so i don't want to get rid of them. 
 >> some icons are larger than others. Some icons appear as 16x16 while 

 >> others are 48x48. If a particular submenu only has 16x16 icons, 
 >> the menu appears perfectly. But if the submenu contains one or more 

 >> larger icons, then each menu item is rendered with vertical space
 >> above and below it to accomodate the larger icons. Is there a
 >> configuration switch that i can use to tell AfterStep to render 
 >> start menu icons at 16x16 regardless of what size the actual icon
 >> file uses?
 >i do not know of any config switch of this kind (please correct me if 

 >is one), _but_ afterstep has xml images so you could replace all 
 >referenced in the start menu with xml images pointing to the real
 >icons, scaled to the desired size.
 >those xml images should look something like this:
 ><scale width=proportional height=16>
 > <img id=scaledxlogo.png src=original/xlogo.png/>
 >with a little shell script knowledge this is for sure not difficult 

I thought of this. And for my custom menus in ~/.afterstep/start, i 
will probably do this. But is there some way to change the size the 
icons in the main system menu (pulled from /usr/share/afterstep/start) 
are rendered? I've looked within the menu files, and most of them use 
particular xpms for their icons; the full path to the xpm is usually 
specified. I'd really prefer to keep modifications to my own account 
and not modify system files. Plus changes to the system menu aren't 
permanent; next time a program is updated its menu file will get 
rewritten and it would display the old icon size. Is there a way to 
change the icon sizes just with a setting in my ~/.afterstep directory?

 >> Finally, i've found an interesting visual bug in Pager. If you 
 >> and collapse Pager's views of virtual desktops repeatedly, it will
 >> stretch in the vertical direction. I've taken screen shots of the
 >> process with some more descriptive text and put it here:
 >i'll look if i can reproduce this pager stuff as soon as i have more
 >free time and send a log file to sasha. with my current setup i do 
 >get the same.

Interesting. I've gotten this with both AS 2.00.01 and 2.00.02. I'll 
look into creating a log file, since the problem occurs on my system.

 >off topic : is anybody using the documentation of afterstep?
 >i know it is not really useable for novices and missing a lot of 
 >(around 280 entries) but feedback would be _very_ welcome (help of
 >even more).

Before asking questions here i always check the documentation. I 
usually do a few Google searches with the terms i want plus Most of my questions are answered that way, though 
occasionally i overlook something and end up asking here.
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