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FMPREFS(1X)							   FMPREFS(1X)

NAME    [Toc]    [Back]

     fmprefs - customization panel for directory view preferences

SYNOPSIS    [Toc]    [Back]


DESCRIPTION    [Toc]    [Back]

     The fmprefs customization panel allows the	user to	define a default
     layout for	their directory	views (dirviews).  The file manager fm applies
     these settings when displaying a directory	view for the first time.
     Three of the settings apply to all	dirviews -- new	and old, open and
     closed -- and are called Global Settings.

     The fmprefs panel can be launched from the	toolchest (Desktop > Customize
     > Icon Views) or from a 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 following resources are configurable via the fmprefs customization

	 Default Panes:
	 Shelf		      (on/off)
	 Content Viewer	      (on/off)
	 Search/Filter Files  (on/off)

	 Global	Settings:
	 Dynamic Help	      (on/off)
	 Pathfinder	      (on/off)
	 Open in Place	      (on/off)

	 Default Behavior:
	 Preserve Layout When Opening in Place	 (on/off)

	 Defaults for Icons and	Their Labels:
	 Sort by	      (Name/Date/Size/Type)
	 View as	      (Icons/List/Columns)
	 Truncated Names      (on/off)
	 Thumbnail Images     (on/off)
	 Align to Grid	      (on/off)
	 Hidden	Files	      (on/off)

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	 Default Icon Size

     Each on/off toggle	allows the user	to choose whether each of the
     corresponding dirview elements should appear or not by default.  For
     example, turning on the Content Viewer causes the dirview media viewer or
     content viewer to appear by default.

     The Global	Settings are unique in that they are not only defaults,	but
     also take effect immediately in all opened	dirviews.  Thus	clicking in
     the Pathfinder toggle causes all dirviews to hide the upper area showing
     the drop pocket and full pathname,	freeing	more window area for viewing
     files and folders.	 The Dynamic Help toggles comments at the bottom of
     dirview windows.

     The Sort and View menus control the default sorting and presentation of
     icons in a	dirview.  The Dirview Icon Size	controls how large the icons
     should appear in a	dirview; scaling the icon affects the icon size	in all
     viewing modes (Icon, Column, and List).

     New in IRIX 6.5 are the Preserve Layout When Opening in Place,
     Pathfinder, and Truncated Names settings:

     *	  Checking the Preserve	Layout When Opening in Place toggle can	be
	  useful when you need to search for a file somewhere in an FTP, Web,
	  or directory hierarchy and you prefer	that the dirview window	not
	  change to different layouts as you traverse into different folders.

     *	  The Pathfinder setting is described in a previous paragraph.

     *	  Checking the Truncated Names toggle will make	the file manager hide
	  the middle sections of long filenames, showing an ellipsis (...) for
	  the temporarily hidden text.	This can be useful when	viewing	Web
	  sites	or FTP sites in	a dirview, as the long URL filenames can be
	  cumbersome.  (To view	a Web site or FTP site in a dirview, simply
	  type the URL into the	pathfinder.)

     For more information about	the entire IRIX	Interactive Desktop
     environment, see the IID(1) man page.

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     The fmprefs panel records the user's preferences in a small file (about
     100 bytes in size)	called Default in the special layouts directory.  In
     this directory, the file manager records and reads	the layouts for	each
     folder the	user has (ever)	opened.	 Each desktop user has one layouts
     directory,	and it resides in their	$HOME/.desktop-<hostname> folder
     (where $HOME is the user's	home directory,	and <hostname> is the name of
     the host as returned by the hostname(1) command).

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     The fmprefs panel also records resources needed to	present	itself
     appropriately to the user.	 These resources are written to	the file
     Fmprefs in	the user's $HOME/.desktop-<hostname> folder.

     In	IRIX 6.5, the fmprefs panel sends messages to the file manager by
     saving settings to	the special FmState file in the	$HOME/.desktop-
     <hostname>	folder.	 The file manager detects when this file changes and
     applies the settings in the desktop environment.  The FmState file	is not
     meant to be altered by end	users directly.

SEE ALSO    [Toc]    [Back]

     fm(1), IID(1)

AUTHOR    [Toc]    [Back]

     Rebecca Underwood

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