peoplepages - PeoplePages, the IRIX Interactive Desktop Phone & Address
/usr/sbin/peoplepages [-nofork] [-nogallery] [-defaultBookList booklist]
peoplepages provides phonebook-like database capabilities for InPersonTM
and other communication tools. The database is comprised of a number of
books. Complete information about people & places you need to contact can
be stored in these books. peoplepages displays a list of the available
books. You click on the desired book to select it.
peoplepages' main window displays a list of entries from the current
book. Each entry has a draggable icon which can be dropped on InPerson,
MediaMailTM & other communication tools to initiate communication with
Double-clicking the icon opens an Information Card for that person
showing all the information that has been entered into the book. Much
information can be stored about a person including a list of locations
where they may be contacted. Each location has a addresses for each type
of communication media. When someone publishes an entry, they will
designate one location as their primary location, the place to try first.
peoplepages supports a personal book as well as a number of public books.
A personal book is private. It is yours & yours alone. You can do
anything you want with it. Nobody else will see it since it is created
with mode 0700. When you run peoplepages for the first time, it asks if
you want to create a personal book.
You can browse public books freely, as can anyone else. You can change
only your own entry in a public book.
When peoplepages starts up, it automatically locates available public
books by sending out a query to its database server ppagesd(1M). Each
ppagesd that receives the query replies with the logical name and
location of its book. peoplepages uses automount(1M) to access the book
via NFS. Book locations may also be supplied as command-line arguments
in the form of the full path name of the location of the database
directory. To disable the query for public books, use the
-defaultBookList ``'' option or specify the X resource *defaultBookList
with no value (see below).
ppagesd also receives messages from users running InPerson and creates
skeleton entries for them in one of the public books specified by your
Shortly after you start peoplepages, it searches the public books to see
if you have published an entry for yourself. If it doesn't find one, or
if it finds only the skeleton entry created by ppagesd, peoplepages will
ask you to publish a full entry.
Your personal book is created in the directory .PeoplePagesPersonal in
your home directory. You can customize both the name and the cover of
your personal book as shown on the book-selection button at the top of
the main window. The name goes into the file .label in the database
directory. Two cover images in either .xpm (X Pixmap) or .rgb (standard
SGI) format are required. One is displayed when the book is closed, the
other when it is opened for reading. They go in the files .cover-closed
and .cover-open in the database directory. The images should be 44 x 32
pixels. Xpm format is recommended because it allows you to tag the
predominant background color of the pixmap. Having this information
allows peoplepages to make a better visual presentation of your images.
To tag the background add " s background" at the end of the line
specifying the predominant background color. For example the line
% c #848484
% c #848484 s background
The default X11 resources file /usr/lib/X11/app-defaults/PeoplePages
contains a few resources that can be customized at the beginning of the
file. You can edit this file as root to make changes for all users on
the system. If you want your private customizations, create or edit the
file to $HOME/.desktop-`hostname`/PeoplePages to add the following
resources with your desired values.
This resource specifies a list of book pathnames (separated with
colons) to be used instead of the public books. If the list is
empty, then only your personal book is displayed. For example:
will display just those 2 books under /var/ppages.
This resource controls whether peoplepages displays images or icons
for entries with pictures. If set false, accessing public
(networked) books is sped up. The default is true.
This resource specifies the pathname of a WWW browser to be invoked
from the ``View'' button on the information card. The default is
ppagesd(1M), inperson(1), MediaMail(1)
The NFS optional software must be installed and configured. The
automount(1M) /hosts map must be configured to access public books and it
must be able to resolve the PeoplePages server's hostname. Write access
to the public books directories is needed if users are permitted to
change their entries using peoplepages.
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