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Pager - the AfterStep Pager module
Pager is spawned by afterstep, so no command line invocation will work.
From within the .steprc file, Pager is spawned as follows:
Module Pager 0 3
or from within an afterstep pop-up menu:
Module "Wharf" Wharf
Module "NoClutter" Clean
Module "Identify" Ident
Module "Banner" Banner
Module "Debug" Debug
Module "SaveDesktop" Save
Module "Pager" Pager 0 3
where "0" is the first desktop to show, and "3" is the last.
The Pager module shows a miniature view of the AfterStep desktops which
are specified in the command line. This is a useful reminder of where
your active windows are. Windows in the pager are shown in the same
color as their afterstep decorations.
The pager can be used to change your viewport into the current desktop,
to change desktops, or to move windows around.
Pressing mouse button 1 in the pager will cause you viewport to change
to the selected page of the selected desk. If you click with button 1
in the desk-label area, you will switch desks but not pages within the
Dragging mouse button 2 on a miniature view of a window will cause that
window to be move to the location where you release the mouse button,
but your viewport will not change. If you drag the window out of the
pager and onto your desktop, a full size image of the window will
appear for you to place. There is no way to pick up a full size image
of the window and move it into the pager, however. Since some mice do
not have button 2, I have made provisions to drag windows in the pager
by using pressing modifier-1 (usually Alt) and dragging with button 3.
Clicking mouse button 3 on a location within the current desktop will
cause the viewport to move to the selected location, but will not align
the viewport to a page boundary. Dragging button 3 will cause the
viewport to move as you drag. Button 3 operations are limited to the
current desktop only.
When iconified, the pager will work as a fully functional current page
only pager. Windows and viewports can be moved within the icon of the
pager. Users will want to make sure that they have no lines similar to
Icon " Pager" whatever
in their .steprc files.
The Clean program, and the concept for interfacing this module to the
Window Manager, are all original work by Robert Nation.
Copyright 1994, Robert Nation. No guarantees or warranties or anything
are provided or implied in any way whatsoever. Use this program at your
own risk. Permission to use this program for any purpose is given, as
long as the copyright is kept intact.
During initialization, Pager will eventually search a configuration
file which describes the time-outs and actions to take. The
configuration file is the same file that afterstep used during
If the Pager executable is linked to another name, i.e. ln -s Pager
OtherPager, then another module called OtherPager can be started, with
a completely different configuration than Pager, simply by changing the
keyword Pager to OtherPager. This way multiple pager programs can be
KEYBOARD FOCUS CONTROL
You can direct the keyboard focus to any window on the current desktop
by clicking with button 2 on its image in the pager. The window does
not need to be visible, but it does need to be on the current page.
The invocation method was shown in the synopsis section
Pager reads the same .steprc file as fvwm reads when it starts up, and
looks for certain configuration options:
Completely or partially specifies the pager windows location and
geometry, in standard X11 notation. In order to maintain an
undistorted aspect ratio, you might want to leave out either the
width or height dimension of the geometry specification
Tells afterstep how many rows of desks to use when laying out
the pager window.
Tells afterstep how many columnss of desks to use when laying
out the pager window.
Specifies a size (optional) and location (optional) for the
pager's icon window. Since there is no easy way for Pager to
determine the height of the icon's label, you will have to make
an allowance for the icon label height when using negative y-
coordinates in the icon location specification (used to specify
a location relative to the bottom instead of the top of the
Causes the pager to start iconified.
Specified a font to use to label the desktops. If font_name is
"none" then no desktop labels will be displayed.
Specified a font to use to label the window names in the pager.
If not specified, the window labels will be omitted. Window
labels seem to be fairly useless for desktop scales of 32 or
Specifies the color to use to write the desktop labels, and to
draw the page-grid lines.
Specifies the background color for the window.
The active page and desk label will be highlighted by using this
background pattern instead of the normal background.
*PagerLabel desk label
Assigns the text label to desk desk in the pager window. Useful
for assigning symbolic names to desktops, ie
*PagerLabel 1 Mail
*PagerLabel 2 Maker
*PagerLabel 2 Matlab
If the geometry is not specified, then a desktop reduction
factor is used to calculate the pager's size. Things in the
pager window are shown at 1/number of the actual size.
3rd Berkeley Distribution October 1996 Pager(1.0)