Provided by: afterstep_2.2.12-6_amd64 bug


       AfterStep - X11 window manager


       The  following  is the list of command line options supported by all AfterStep modules and

       -v | --version

              Display version information and stop.

       -c | --config

              Display Config information and stop.

       -h | --help

              Display uasge information and stop.


              Debugging: Run in Synchronous mode.

       -s | --single

              Run on single screen only.

       -r | --restart

              Run  as   if   it   was   restarted.   Same   as   regular   startup,   only   runs
              RestartFunctioninstead of InitFunction.

       -d | --displayval

              Specify  what  X  display  we  should  connect  to.  Overrides $DISPLAY environment

       -f | --config-fileval

              Read all config from requested file. Use it if you want to use .steprc  instead  of
              standard config files.

       -p | --user-dirval

              Read  all  the  config  from  requested  dir.  Use  it  to override config location
              requested in compile time.

       -g | --global-dirval

              Use requested dir as a shared config dir. Use it to override shared config location
              requested in compile time.

       -V | --verbosity-levelval

              Change  verbosity  of  the  AfterStep output. 0 - will disable any output; 1 - will
              allow only error messages; 5 - both errors and warnings(default).


              Internal Use: Window in which action occured. Interface part  which  has  triggered
              our startup.


              Internal  Use:  Context in which action occured. Interface part which has triggered
              our startup.


              Read look config from requested file. Use it if you  want  to  use  different  look
              instead of what was selected from the menu.


              Read  feel  config  from  requested  file. Use it if you want to use different feel
              instead of what was selected from the menu.


              Read theme config from requested file. Use it if you want to  use  different  theme
              instead of what was selected from the menu.

       -l | --logval

              Save all output into the file (instead of printing it to console).

       -L | --localeval

              Set language locale. To be used while displaying text.


              Overrides  module  name.  Will  be used while parsing config files and reporting to


              Overrides module's geometry.


              Overrides module's gravity.

              AfterStep has been almost entirely rewritten in this new incarnation. Here  is  the
              short list of new architectural changes:

              1.1. New high performance and high quality image handling engine has been developed
              to fulfill GUI needs. It includes different image transformations, such as scaling,
              tiling, cropping, blurring, blending of arbitrary number of layers, in-memory image
              compression, support for 12 different file formats, including its own parser/writer
              of  XPM  files,  capable  of achieving much better performance then default libXpm.
              Supported image formats are :

              XPM, PNG, JPEG, XCF(GIMP image format), PPM, PNM, BMP, ICO, CUR, GIF, TIFF, and XML
              scripts. Where XML scripts allow for user to create script of transformations to be
              performed on the image at the time when it gets  loaded./para>  libAfterImage  also
              provides support for TTF fonts ( using libfreetype ) and smoothed standard X raster

              1.2. Window hints handling has been rewriten  and  reorganized,  and  most  of  the
              Extended  WM  specs  has  been  incorporated, as well, as better support for Motif,
              ICCCM and old GNOME hints has been implemented.

              1.3. All the GUI rendering code has been aggregated into libAfterStep and  now  all
              the  GUI  elements are rendered using consistent approach in every module and every
              part of the AfterStep proper. From now on interface is build from so called  TBars.
              TBar  is  rectangular area that may be focused(hilited) or unfocused and pressed or
              unpressed. Each TBar has the following structure :

              - the background of the TBar, which is defined by MyStyle and state of  the  bar  -
              there  are  two  MyStyles  assigned  to  each  TBar  -  one for focused and one for
              unfocused state.

              - tiles of the TBar. Tiles are smaller features that gets arranged inside  the  bar
              according to its size, alignment, position and order. Tiles could be static icons (
              cannot be pressed ); blocks of buttons - each  having  two  shapes  -  pressed  and
              normal; Text labels; Empty space tiles.

              There  could  be  upto  256 tiles, each residing on one of the cells in 16x16 grid.
              Several tiles could reside in single cell, in which case they get  superimposed  on
              top of each other.

              - bevel of the TBar. When TBar is rendered all of its tiles are superimposed on top
              of its background, and resulting image will have a 3D  bevel  drawn  on  it,  using
              colors  from  same  MyStyle  as  used  for  background. Bevel could be switched off
              partially or entirely.  Respective  configuration  options  has  been  added  where
              appropriate. When TBar is pressed - its bevel is inverted.

              When  TBar  is  rendered all of its elements gets superimposed on top of each other
              using one of 13 blending methods supported by  libAfterImage,  with  default  being
              simple  alphablending.  See MyFrame configuration for more details. This is refrred
              to as "Composition Method".

              1.4. Due to the fact that AfterStep is using compression to store images in  memory
              -  there  is  no need to have separate root background handler, and so asetroot has
              been discontinued and afterstep proper now does all the  root  background  loading.
              You  could simply copy-and-paste your asteroot config into your look file. This has
              an added advantage of simplifing theme support for root backgrounds.

              1.5. Significant work has been done to  create  libAfterConf  which  provides  easy
              means  for  reading  configuration  options,  and facilitates implementation of any
              configuration tool.

              1.6. Some work has been done to improve support for themes.  AfterStep  proper  and
              modules now load configuration files is this order :

              #1  -  base  config;  #2 - look, feel, menu, database, autoexec and module specific
              config; #3 - theme file; #4 - theme override file;

              Theme override file is needed so that user may have a list of critical options that
              he/she  does  not  want  to  be  changed  by  any  theme. What is missing here is a
              comprehensive theme building tool.

              1.7. AfterStep now make extensive use of X shaped extensions (  where  available  )
              Everything could be shaped now - titlebars, Pager, Wharf, etc. To make some element
              shaped - MyStyle with BackPixmap type 125 or 126 should be used.

              1.8. Menus are now treated same as regular windows. They  could  be  configured  in
              database file using preset Style "ASMenu" to have different titlebar buttons, frame
              decorations, stickiness, etc.  MenuPinOn  has  been  changed  to  be  just  another
              titlebar button, with PinMenu function assigned to it.

              1.9.  AfterStep no longer uses fixed scheme of 5 titlebar buttons on each side, and
              order of buttons could be configured in look. There is still limitation to have  no
              more then 10 buttons total.