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Re: sawmill is a herring bone screen

On Mon, Jul 03, 2000 at 03:45:41PM +0100, Simon Jefford wrote:
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Lindsay Allen [mailto:allen@cleo.murdoch.edu.au]
> > Sent: 03 July 2000 15:31
> > To: debian-user@lists.debian.org
> > Subject: sawmill is a herring bone screen
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > Hi all,
> > 
> > I can run windowmaker, enlightenment and icewm quite happily. 
> >  But when I
> > try sawmill I just get the herring bone screen.  The only sign of
> > intelligence is that the middle mouse button produces a set of menus.
> > 
> > This is on three different potato boxes, using either current 
> > sawmill or
> > the earlier version.  Can anyone point me in the right 
> > direction, please?
> It is working. Sawmill does not supply a root window background or anything
> like that. It just gets on with the job of managing windows. For background
> management use GNOME or KDE. Alteratively use xv --root (I think) or
> Esetroot (comes with Enlightenment).

Background and slight correction.

Not sure of Sawmill's default behavior, but the herringbone is the
default X Windows background (there's a reason for it, lost in the mists
of time).  If you want to supply your own background, the "usual" X way
is with "xsetroot", which can be used to set the root window to a solid 
color or some bitmap.  Various programs, including xv, allow setting an
arbitrary image as the desktop background.  You can also try running one
of the xscreensaver hacks as an "active" desktop.  Try, for kicks:

    $ /usr/bin/X11/strange --root
    $ nice /usr/bin/X11/xearth -nomarkers -mag 0.33 -shift '+300 -200' \
      -pos 'orbit 1.5 32' -night 20 -wait 120 -rot 14 \
      -term 10 -bigstars 5 &

...other options exist.

> It you want your WM do this for you without using any of this external
> stuff, you'll have to stick with WindowMaker, Enlightenment et al.


You can add the appropriate command(s) to your user or system X session
files (/etc/X11/Xsession or ~/.Xsession).  Other window managers may
offer a menu interface for setting background.  Sawmill, AFAIK, doesn't.

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