desktop - customization panel for setting Desktop resources
This reference page describes the Desktop customization panel, which is
part of the IRIX Interactive Desktop software. For information about the
entire IRIX Interactive Desktop environment and about the
XUSERFILESEARCHPATH environment variable, see the IID(1) man page.
The desktop customization panel allows the user to set certain resources
applicable to the file manager (fm) and the IRIX Interactive Desktop
The desktop panel can be run from a Unix shell command line or from the
toolchest (Desktop > Customize > Desktop). Like most other customization
panels, the desktop panel 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 or popping it to the top on the current desk.
The following resources are configurable via the desktop customization
Background Icon Size
Align to Grid (on/off)
System & Desktop Sounds
Default Viewer & Editor Utilities
Default File Permissions
Show Icons as Thumbnail Images (on/off)
Show Launch Effect (on/off)
Make "Remove" Delete Instantly (on/off)
Warn On File Overwrite (on/off)
Display Application Errors (on/off)
Enable Remote Display (on/off)
The Enable Remote Display toggle was introduced in IRIX 6.3. It controls
access to the display during the current user's login session. See the
disableXhost(1) reference page for information on all the ways to set
remote display in the IRIX Interactive Desktop.
There is an ambiguity in that the Desktop panel does not show the current
display access status but instead shows the user's preferred status at
login. This may be revisited in a future release.
In IRIX 6.5, the desktop panel sends messages to the file manager by
saving settings to the special FmState file in the $HOME/.desktop-
<hostname> directory, where <hostname> is the result of running the
hostname(1) command. The file manager detects when this file changes and
applies the settings in the desktop environment. The FmState file is not
meant to be altered by end users directly.
Most settings on this panel are saved in the .Sgiresources file. Other
resources are saved in the Desktop file. An xhost(1) command is saved in
the panelsession file.
If the user has a .Xdefaults or .Xresources file that contains resource
settings that the customization panel modifies, that file's settings will
take precedence over the settings that the customization panel keeps in
.Sgiresources or $HOME/.desktop-<hostname>/desktopenv.
SEE ALSOfm(1), ftr(1), IID(1), xhost(1), disableXhost(1), dtSounds(1),
Because specific icon types can be set to not use the visual launch
effect or the launch sound (see ftr), icons of those types will never
exhibit the launch effect or play the launch sound when they are double-
clicked, even when the dtSounds(1)Desktop Sounds toggle or the Show
Launch Effect toggle is checked. For example, none of the device icons
uses the visual launch effect, and none of the sound icons uses the