ov - desks overview provides controls for manipulating desks
/usr/sbin/ov [-scale size] [-noWindowName | -nown]
[-hideSnapShots | -hss] [-noGlobalDesk | -ngd] [-new]
With the desks overview, ov, users can create, change, copy, rename and
delete desks. Users can also drag windows from one desk to another or
place windows on the global desk.
Desks are available only when running a version of 4Dwm that includes
support for desks.
Users can launch the program from the toolchest (Desktop > Extra Desks)
or from a Unix shell command line. ov 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 and popping it to the top on the
The user is presented with desk snapshots or miniature desk
representations, each with miniature windows representing the actual
windows on the current desk. The user's current desk is indicated by a
lit LED. The global desk shows windows that appear on all desks. For
detailed instructions, see the Help menu in the ov application.
With no arguments, ov comes up with its default settings. Optional
arguments are as follows:
Specifies the size at which the desk snapshots are to be
displayed. The default is 0.10, for 10% of actual size.
-noWindowName or -nown
Turns off displaying of window names when the mouse passes over
the miniature windows in the overview. Icon names will appear
-hideSnapShots or -hss
Hides the desk snapshots (the miniature desk representations).
Desk names will appear as small space-saving buttons instead.
-noGlobalDesk or -ngd
Hides the global desk.
-new Creates a new overview, disregarding the ``runonce'' feature. No
When desks are viewed as snapshots rather than as buttons, the
backgrounds of the miniature desks reflect the backgrounds of the actual
desks. Miniaturized windows in each desk icon appear in the background
colors of the windows they represent, taken from the background resource
(if readily available).
For more information about the entire IRIX Interactive Desktop
environment, see the IID(1) man page.
Configuration options are saved in the Overview and .Sgiresources files
under the user's home directory.
In past releases, ov's ``runonce'' feature did not work correctly. This
has been fixed in IRIX 6.5, such that users must use the -new option to
run multiple copies of ov.
Transient windows (child windows of main application windows) do not
appear in the desks overview. For example, the Backgrounds: Color
Browser window available from the background customization panel is a
The SGI window manager 4Dwm controls a window's placement and location on
a given desk. It also controls the number of desks that get created at
startup. The file that contains this information is $HOME/.desktop-
The -viewButtonOnly and -vbo options have been replaced by -hideSnapShots
The SGI Desktop Help Viewer,
The IRIX Interactive Desktop Integration Guide,
Typing <Ctrl>-N very fast can cause desks to be created without a default
name and with the incorrect size. Renaming the desk will correct the
default name problem and choosing a new desk scale value will correct the
The windows list does not properly update after the deleting of a desk.
Sometimes it may be necessary to close the windows list, deiconify some
window on the desk then bring up the windows list again.
Though most configuration options are remembered between ov invocations,
the size and location of the Desks Overview window is not. The user must
resize and move the window as needed.
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