dtUtilities - customization panel for choosing viewers & editors
The dtUtilities customization panel lets the user choose favorite utility
programs for use in the IRIX Interactive Desktop. For example, the
program chosen as the user's Text Editor will be used any time the user
double-clicks a text icon; the contents of the text file will appear in
that editor. Similarly, the program chosen as the user's Web Browser
will be used any time the user double-clicks a webjumper (or jumpsite)
icon. These preferences are saved on a per-user basis and remembered
across login sessions.
The dtUtilities panel can be run from the toolchest (Desktop > Customize
> Utilities), from the Desktop customization panel by clicking the
Utilities... pushbutton, or from the Unix shell command line. Like most
other customization panels, the desktop panel has the ``runonce''
feature, meaning only one instance of the application will run at one
time. Attempting to launch the application a second time will have the
effect of deiconifying the application window or popping it to the top on
the current desk.
The panel presents a set of six rollover menus:
Each menu has at least two choices available. Most choices are available
for installation off the IRIX distribution CD. Choices that appear in
dimmed text are not installed on the system in the expected place (see
the FILES section for a list of the expected locations).
The Text Editor rollover has an additional choice called Other... that
brings up a small dialog box into which the user can type any installed
program desired as text editor. In a future release, the other rollover
menus may also provide a means for specifying any installed program. The
Text Editor rollover menu used to appear on the desktop(1) customization
panel in previous releases of IRIX.
For more information about the entire IRIX Interactive Desktop
environment and about the XUSERFILESEARCHPATH environment variable, see
the IID(1) man page.
The programs presented as choices in this panel are assumed to be
installed in the following locations on the system, from the indicated
software distribution products:
Programs Expected locations Product
-------- ------------------ -------
Jot /usr/sbin/jot desktop_tools
Vi (text-based) /usr/bin/vi eoe
NEdit /usr/sbin/nedit nedit
Emacs (text-based) /usr/gnu/bin/emacs gnu
CosmoCreate /usr/sbin/CosmoCreate cosmocreate
WebMagic /usr/sbin/webmagic webmagic
Netscape Composer /usr/bin/X11/netscape netscape
Text Editor Same as Text Editor choice above
Netscape Navigator /usr/bin/X11/netscape netscape
Mosaic /usr/bin/X11/Mosaic sgi_inet
Lynx (text-based) /usr/freeware/bin/lynx fw_lynx
IconView /usr/sbin/fm desktop_eoe
ImgView /usr/sbin/imgview imgtools
Xv /usr/freeware/bin/xv fw_xv
MediaMail /usr/bin/X11/MediaMail mmail
Netscape Messenger /usr/bin/X11/netscape netscape
Elm (text-based) /usr/freeware/bin/elm fw_UCTelm
BSD Mail (text-based) /usr/sbin/Mail eoe
Insight /usr/sbin/insight insight
InfoSearch /usr/sbin/infosearch infosearch
ShowPS /usr/bin/X11/showps dps_eoe
GhostView /usr/bin/X11/ghostview fw_gv
The freeware programs can be installed from the Freeware 2.0 or later
distribution CD. A freeware subsystem typically has a fw_ prefix in its
name. For example, the Elm mail program can be installed from the
fw_UCTelm product. Mosaic can be installed from sgi_inet.sw.xmosaic.
Note that six programs are marked text-based to indicate that they do not
have graphical user interfaces; these can have less intuitive interfaces,
requiring knowledge of arguably arcane key sequences. For this reason,
point-and-click graphical programs are the recommended defaults. To
revert choices to the recommended defaults, click on the Reset... button
and click the Factory Settings toggle then click the OK button.
Choices are applied as soon as the user chooses any of the menu choices,
not when the user presses the dtUtilities panel's Close button. The
choices are applied to the following desktop environment variables:
These environment variables are used in the desktop's file-typing rules
(FTRs), which control icon behaviors, as well as by the toolchest. For
more information, see the fftr(1) and toolchest(1X) reference pages. If
familiar with Bourne shell scripts, view the FTR files under
/usr/lib/filetype to see how the environment variables are being used.
The dtUtilities panel remembers user choices across login sessions by
recording and reading them from the file $HOME/.desktop-
<hostname>/desktopenv where $HOME is the user's home directory, and
<hostname> is the name of the host as returned by the hostname(1)
command. Users are not intended to edit or delete this file directly.
It's also possible to set the WEBBROWSER environment variable from the
WebJumper application (see the webjumper(1) reference page). If the user
opens both the Utilities panel and the WebJumper application at the same
time, the user can set the WEBBROWSER environment variable from both
applications; the last selection will be put into effect in the desktop
and remembered the next time the user opens either application.
IID(1), webjumper(1), fftr(1), hostname(1), toolchest(1X)
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