AfterStep FAQ

v.00, 22 November 1998

This is the AfterStep Window Manager FAQ (mostly with answers) file. Copyright © 1996-1998, Frank Fejes, Jonathan B. Leffert, Kragen Sittler, Diego Zamboni, Guylhem Aznar & Andrew Sullivan. Freely redistributable under the terms of LDP license, Version 2, January 1998.

1. General information

2. Getting and installing AfterStep

3. Problems After Installation

4. AfterStep Configuration

  • 4.1 What’s a .steprc, and why do I need it anyway?
  • 4.2 I’m using AfterStep 1.2 or later, and I can’t find the .steprc. Why?
  • 4.3 OK, so how do I customize non-.steprc versions?
  • 4.4 I just upgraded versions, and now nothing works.
  • 4.5 How do I change my startmenu?
  • 4.6 Where did the « Decorations » item go in version 1.5?
  • 4.7 What are « look », « feel », « desktop », etc. files?
  • 4.8 Can I have differently-sized buttons on the titlebar?
  • 4.9 Fine, but how do I reduce the number of buttons on the titlebar?
  • 4.10 Why does some key not work as I expect?
  • 4.11 Why can’t I have my .steprc in version 1.4.x or later?
  • 4.12 I’m using Red Hat, and I can’t find the configuration files you’ve mentioned.
  • 4.13 What is the database file?
  • 4.14 What is the base.{yourbpp}bpp file?
  • 4.15 How do I get apps to minimize to a different place?
  • 4.16 I keep losing my icons, or I can’t stand having them follow me.
  • 4.17 Suddenly, some windows stay always on top. Why?
  • 4.18 Can I make or install a « theme » for AfterStep?
  • 4.19 I want to do xyz with {some application under X}. How do I do it?

5. Icons, graphics and pixmaps

6. Modules

7. AfterStep Application (« as-apps ») configuration.

8. General usage, features and bugs

9. Miscellany

10. Other AfterStep-unrelated applications

  • 10.1 I have a problem with program xyz.
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