- X11 window manager
The following is the list of command line options supported by all AfterStep
modules and applications.
- -v | --version
Display version information and stop.
- -c | --config
Display Config information and stop.
- -h | --help
Display uasge information and stop.
Debugging: Run in Synchronous mode.
- -s | --single
Run on single screen only.
- -r | --restart
Run as if it was restarted. Same as regular startup, only runs
RestartFunctioninstead of InitFunction.
- -d | --displayval
Specify what X display we should connect to. Overrides $DISPLAY environment
- -f | --config-fileval
Read all config from requested file. Use it if you want to use .steprc
instead of standard config files.
- -p | --user-dirval
Read all the config from requested dir. Use it to override config location
requested in compile time.
- -g | --global-dirval
Use requested dir as a shared config dir. Use it to override shared config
location requested in compile time.
- -V | --verbosity-levelval
Change verbosity of the AfterStep output. 0 - will disable any output; 1 -
will allow only error messages; 5 - both errors and warnings(default).
Internal Use: Window in which action occurred. Interface part which has
triggered our startup.
Internal Use: Context in which action occurred. Interface part which has
triggered our startup.
Read look config from requested file. Use it if you want to use different
look instead of what was selected from the menu.
Read feel config from requested file. Use it if you want to use different
feel instead of what was selected from the menu.
Read theme config from requested file. Use it if you want to use different
theme instead of what was selected from the menu.
- -l | --logval
Save all output into the file (instead of printing it to console).
- -L | --localeval
Set language locale. To be used while displaying text.
Overrides module name. Will be used while parsing config files and reporting
Overrides module's geometry.
Overrides module's gravity.
AfterStep has been almost entirely rewritten in this new incarnation. Here
is the short list of new architectural changes:
1.1. New high performance and high quality image handling engine has been
developed to fulfill GUI needs. It includes different image
transformations, such as scaling, tiling, cropping, blurring, blending of
arbitrary number of layers, in-memory image compression, support for 12
different file formats, including its own parser/writer of XPM files,
capable of achieving much better performance then default libXpm.
Supported image formats are :
XPM, PNG, JPEG, XCF(GIMP image format), PPM, PNM, BMP, ICO, CUR, GIF, TIFF,
and XML scripts. Where XML scripts allow for user to create script of
transformations to be performed on the image at the time when it gets
loaded./para> libAfterImage also provides support for TTF fonts ( using
libfreetype ) and smoothed standard X raster fonts.
1.2. Window hints handling has been rewritten and reorganized, and most of
the Extended WM specs has been incorporated, as well, as better support
for Motif, ICCCM and old GNOME hints has been implemented.
1.3. All the GUI rendering code has been aggregated into libAfterStep and
now all the GUI elements are rendered using consistent approach in every
module and every part of the AfterStep proper. From now on interface is
build from so called TBars. TBar is rectangular area that may be
focused(hilited) or unfocused and pressed or unpressed. Each TBar has the
following structure :
- the background of the TBar, which is defined by MyStyle and state of the
bar - there are two MyStyles assigned to each TBar - one for focused and
one for unfocused state.
- tiles of the TBar. Tiles are smaller features that gets arranged inside
the bar according to its size, alignment, position and order. Tiles could
be static icons ( cannot be pressed ); blocks of buttons - each having two
shapes - pressed and normal; Text labels; Empty space tiles.
There could be up to 256 tiles, each residing on one of the cells in 16x16
grid. Several tiles could reside in single cell, in which case they get
superimposed on top of each other.
- bevel of the TBar. When TBar is rendered all of its tiles are superimposed
on top of its background, and resulting image will have a 3D bevel drawn
on it, using colors from same MyStyle as used for background. Bevel could
be switched off partially or entirely. Respective configuration options
has been added where appropriate. When TBar is pressed - its bevel is
When TBar is rendered all of its elements gets superimposed on top of each
other using one of 13 blending methods supported by libAfterImage, with
default being simple alphablending. See MyFrame configuration for more
details. This is refrred to as "Composition Method".
1.4. Due to the fact that AfterStep is using compression to store images in
memory - there is no need to have separate root background handler, and so
asetroot has been discontinued and afterstep proper now does all the root
background loading. You could simply copy-and-paste your asteroot config
into your look file. This has an added advantage of simplifing theme
support for root backgrounds.
1.5. Significant work has been done to create libAfterConf which provides
easy means for reading configuration options, and facilitates
implementation of any configuration tool.
1.6. Some work has been done to improve support for themes. AfterStep proper
and modules now load configuration files is this order :
#1 - base config; #2 - look, feel, menu, database, autoexec and module
specific config; #3 - theme file; #4 - theme override file;
Theme override file is needed so that user may have a list of critical
options that he/she does not want to be changed by any theme. What is
missing here is a comprehensive theme building tool.
1.7. AfterStep now make extensive use of X shaped extensions ( where
available ) Everything could be shaped now - titlebars, Pager, Wharf, etc.
To make some element shaped - MyStyle with BackPixmap type 125 or 126
should be used.
1.8. Menus are now treated same as regular windows. They could be configured
in database file using preset Style "ASMenu" to have different
titlebar buttons, frame decorations, stickiness, etc. MenuPinOn has been
changed to be just another titlebar button, with PinMenu function assigned
1.9. AfterStep no longer uses fixed scheme of 5 titlebar buttons on each
side, and order of buttons could be configured in look. There is still
limitation to have no more then 10 buttons total.