Virtual Desk Top in Fvwm95

Posted on 1997-06-09
Last Modified: 2013-12-15

I installed Red Hat Linux 4.1. By it's default, when system come up, it gives me 18 virtual desk tops. However,  for normal using, I never used exist 4~5. Could anyone tells me how to change the setting? Which file I should modified?
Question by:yxw1

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In your user directory, a .(window manager)rc is their, this is normally would be .fvwmrc for fvwm, .fvwm95 for fvwm 95, etc, etc... within this file there is a pager section in this file, under that there is somthing like: "pager 4x5" which specifies the pager size, these files normally have lots of comments, to make it easy to edit.

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I found the pager section, however, there is no such 4x5 or similar stuff inside.

Please help. Thanks.


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look at the "DeskTopSize" entry in your .fvwmrc or system.fvwmrc (or in case your use m4 in a file in /etc/X11/.fvwm(something_i_don't_remember)
to see where is the file, do "rpm -qil `rpm -qa | grep fvwm`  | less" and then search with /fvwmrc

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I checked the DeskTopSize, some of them were set as 3x3 and some of them were set as 3x2 by default. However, I still got 6x3 desk tops.

I checked files under /etc/X11/TheNextLevel; /etc/X11/fvwm



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BTW, I set the Running Level 5 as the system default, ie, X window will be brought up at boot time.

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That's how DeskTopSize works...
nxm means mn x n virtual screens.
So with 3x3 you get 9x3, with 3x2 you get 6x3 etc.
With 2x1, I get 2x2 and I am happy with that.

Have fun.

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ID: 1628054
Check the hidden file .fvwm2rc95 in your home directory, and change "DeskTopSize" to "DeskTopSize 2x2". Shutdown X at startup again. If this fails to change anything, then you must have another .fvwm2rc95 in another directory. Do a...
find / -name .fvwm2rc95
to find other occurances. Good luck.

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ID: 1628055
Well, after I attempted several times, finall I got it on my system. Let me tell what happened: I found there is a directory: /etc/X11/TheNextLevel, there are several hidden files. On of them named: .fvwm2rc.module and there is a variable: DESKTOP_SIZE, change the number over there and restart my fvwm, I got what I wanted.

Think it over, I'd like give the credit to "mlev". Any one knows how?

Thanks all for your help.

Y. Wang


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mlev earned 50 total points
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I know how - just accept this one :)

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