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NAME    [Toc]    [Back]

     telldesktop - shell front end to invoke file manager functions

SYNOPSIS    [Toc]    [Back]

     /usr/lib/desktop/telldesktop command

DESCRIPTION    [Toc]    [Back]

     The telldesktop utility invokes file manager (fm) functions as long as
     the file manager was started with the -b parameter.  (If the file manager
     is	not running on the desktop background, then these commands will	have
     no	effect because there will be no	file manager process to	intercept
     them.)  Most file manager functions require an icon to be selected	before
     the operation can be performed.

ARGUMENTS    [Toc]    [Back]

     The command denoting which	file manager function to perform must be
     enclosed in quotation marks if the	command	contains spaces.  This command
     can be one	of the following:

     open    Open the selected icon.

     copy    Copy the selected icon.

	     Create a reference	to the selected	icon.

     link    A synonym for reference.

     remove  Remove the	selected icon.	(If the	user has turned	on the Remove
	     To	Dumpster toggle	in the Desktop customization panel desktop,
	     then this operation will move the selected	icon into the dumpster
	     rather than delete	it permanently.)

     print   Print the selected	icon.

     'new directory'
	     Create a new directory in the user's home directory.

     'get Info'
	     Bring up an information window about the selected icon.

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     fetch   Bring up the File Quickfind tool.

	     Bring up the Host Quickfind tool.

	     Bring up the Start	Sharing	task to	enable sharing the selected
	     icon with other users on the network.

	     Bring up the Stop Sharing task to disable sharing the selected
	     icon with other users on the network.

     publish Bring up the Outbox utility to enable sharing the selected	icon
	     via the Outbox.

     'select all'
	     Select all	icons on the background.

     'empty dumpster'
	     Remove all	icons that are contained in the	dumpster.

     'opendir directoryName {icons,list,columns,gallery}'
	     Open a directory view of the directory directoryName in the view
	     mode indicated (View as Icons, View as List, View as Columns, or
	     full-sized	icons in View as Gallery).

	     A directory name containing embedded whitespace must be enclosed
	     in	double quotes.	Note that any directory	name may be quoted,
	     but it is required	if the name contains embedded whitespace.

	     If	you list more than one view mode, only the first mode will be
	     implemented and the rest will be ignored.

	     For example, the commands

	     /usr/lib/desktop/telldesktop 'opendir /usr/people/guest columns'


	     /usr/lib/desktop/telldesktop 'opendir "/usr/people/guest"

	     will both open a directory	view of	guest's	home directory in View
	     as	Columns	mode.

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	     The command

	     /usr/lib/desktop/telldesktop 'opendir "/tmp/name with spaces"'

	     will open a directory view	of "/tmp/name with spaces".

     restart Stop running the IRIX Interactive Desktop,	then restart it.  The
	     effect is similar to what happens when the	user logs out and logs
	     back in, but it takes less	time and iconview windows open before
	     the restart command was issued will not be	reopened.

     quit    Stop running the IRIX Interactive Desktop.	 Before	IRIX 6.5, this
	     was often the mechanism used to kill the Desktop before
	     restarting	it; in 6.5, the	restart	command	may be used instead.
	     To	restart	the Desktop after a quit command, invoke file manager
	     from the command line as fm -b &.	Selecting the Desktop >	Access
	     Files > In	My Home	Directory will produce only a dirview of your
	     home directory; it	will not restart your desktop background. See
	     the file manager man page,	fm(1), for more	information.

     close   A synonym for quit.

     'setenv ENVVAR=value'
	     Set the desktop environment variable ENVVAR to value.  Example:
	     /usr/lib/desktop/telldesktop 'setenv WINEDITOR=/usr/sbin/nedit'

     'shape on'
	     Causes the	desktop	to use shaping for its icons.  This is the
	     default, and is needed for	GL backgrounds to appear correctly.

     'shape off'
	     Causes the	desktop	to not use shaping for its icons.  GL
	     backgrounds will not appear correctly if shaping is off.

     'shape pretty'
	     Causes the	desktop	to use shaped icon masks for each icon.	 This
	     improves the appearance of	the desktop if GL backgrounds are

     'shape fast'
	     Causes the	desktop	to use rectangular icon	masks for each icon.
	     This is faster than shaped	icon masks, but	degraded the
	     appearance	of GL backgrounds.

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

SEE ALSO    [Toc]    [Back]


BUGS    [Toc]    [Back]

     When an operation is performed, text held in the mouse buffer may be
     supplanted	by the name of the selected icon.

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