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Motif version of the classic X File Manager (XFM)
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NOTE: Since Oliver Mai's homepage seems to be gone, I decided to make this package available on the xfm website. Bob Woodside donated the moxfm-1.0 sources and contributed some patches, and I gave moxfm a little facelift using the 3dicons from the xfm and xplore packages. Please note that this software is not maintained any longer, but I hope you enjoy it anyway. Sep 03 2001 Albert Graef Hamburg 951214 _________________________________________________ MOXFM - the free Motif file manager (v. 1.0) _________________________________________________ Moxfm was written using the source code of the excellent Athena widgets based xfm file manager and is intended to combine the advanced features of xfm with the (IMHO) even more user-friendly look and feel of the OSF/Motif (TM) GUI. (c) Simon Marlow 1990-1993 firstname.lastname@example.org (c) Albert Graef 1994, 1995 email@example.com (both for xfm) (c) Oliver Mai 1995, 1996 firstname.lastname@example.org This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2, or (at your option) any later version. This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details. You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 675 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA. ------------------------------------------------------------------- DESCRIPTION Moxfm is a full-fledged file and application manager for UN*X platforms running the X Window system. It is quite similar to the xfm file manager, whose source code moxfm is based upon, and uses configuration files with the same format as xfm (except the device configuration file, see the manpage moxfm(1)), but there are quite some differences, too. If you are a xfm user, you might want to read the README.moxfm-xfm file for the most important differences between moxfm and xfm. Moxfm - as xfm - allows you to browse your directory tree and to copy, move, link and delete files in an intuitive way by simple drag-and-drop actions. It provides context-sensitive popup menus. Directory displays are updated automatically in regular intervals when the contents of the directory changes. The integrated application manager provides a kind of shelf on which you can place your favorite applications as well as the files and directories you are currently working with, and even other (user-defined) types of dragged objects. It also allows you to access different groups of applications and files. User-definable file types let you specify a command to be executed when double-clicking on a file or dropping other files onto it. You can place files and applications as icons on the root window and use them both for starting applications, opening directory windows, and as drop sites. Application windows as well as the desktop icons can also be updated automatically whenever the corresponding application files change. Furthermore, moxfm provides a monitoring facility which allows to ``have an eye'' on important files and directories and respond with user-defined actions to certain types of events when the status of one of these files changes. Last not least, moxfm can automatically mount and unmount special devices like floppies as you open and close the corresponding directories (mount points) or copy files to them. INSTALLATION Read the INSTALL file. If you upgrade from an older version of moxfm, please read the INSTALL file, too, as SOME FILE FORMATS HAVE CHANGED. To compile, moxfm requires both OSF/Motif 1.2 or 2.0 and Arnaud Le Hors' XPM library. Binary versions of moxfm with Motif and the XPM library linked statically are available for Linux-i386 (both ELF and a.out formats) and HP-UX 9.x (see WHERE TO GET MOXFM). If you are using the FVWM window manager, you should add the line Style "desktop icon" WindowListSkip to your .fvwmrc (or to the system-wide system.fvwmrc). You should not have the "NoPPosition" flag in your .fvwmrc in order for desktop icon alignment to work. If you are using a different window manager than fvwm or mwm, the appearance of the desktop icons might not be as intended. Twm doesn't remove the title bar, and ol[v]wm has some problems, too. If you find a patch to solve these incompatibilities, please tell me. ICONS Moxfm comes with a basic collection of pixmap icons from various sources on the net, including icons from Linux slackware, the X desktop manager (xdtm), the 0.91 beta release of the G.R.E.A.T. environment, the AIcons collection and the fvwm window manager. Most icons are taken from the xfm-1.3.2 distribution. The icons with a beveled-edge background where taken from an icon collection by Joerg Mertin. If you want to use more of them, download ftp://sunsite.unc.edu/pub/Linux/X11/icons/3d_pixmaps_1.0.tar.gz . You might then want to change the Moxfm.appIconWidth and Moxfm.appIconHeight resources to 56 and 46, respectively, and change the background color, too. There are no two-color bitmaps distributed with moxfm, but they can be used as well, if you are running a version moxfm linked with X11R6 and Motif 2.0. A comprehensive set of pixmap fileicons has been collected and edited for use with xfm by Juan D. Martin (email@example.com). These pixmaps are included in the moxfm distribution and are installed during the 'make install' step. Tons of other icons can be found on the net. For instance, take a look at the AIcons collection or pixmaps.tar.gz, both in the R5contrib directory on ftp.x.org. You might also consider to install the xbmbrowser program written by Ashley Roll and Anthony Thyssen (also on ftp.x.org), if you haven't done this already. STANDARD SETUP The standard setup (files in the lib directory) consists of the magic and xfmrc files for common filetypes, a sample moxfmdev file (specifying how special devices like floppy disks are mounted and unmounted), the targets configuration file (see the manpage about it), and a set of useful application groups. It is intended as a starting point for developing a personal setup which fits your taste and requirements. Quite some preconfigured application buttons require the xless browser, which is available from ftp://ftp.x.org. (Hint: xless looks much nicer, when you link it with the 3D version of the Athena widgets, and use a non-white background color, e.g. grey. Set the *shapeStyle resource to "rectangle"). A nicer browser is pipescript from the Andrew toolkit (AUIS), but it takes much more time to come up. WHERE TO GET MOXFM You can get the moxfm sources as well as binary distributions for Linux (i386 architectures), HP-UX 9.x and IRIX 5.x from my WWW page http://ips105.desy.de:8765/~mai/moxfm Both the sources and Linux binaries are also available via ftp from ftp://ftp.uni-stuttgart.de/pub/unix/systems/linux/local/X11/ A source-only distribution can be obtained from ftp://ftp.x.org/contrib/applications/moxfm-src.tgz The xfm-1.3.2 sources, which moxfm is based on, are available at ftp://ftp.x.org/contrib/applications/xfm-1.3.2.tar.gz BUG REPORTS Please send all bug reports and patches to firstname.lastname@example.org. Always include the operation system of the machine you are running moxfm on, as well as the Motif version. Have fun! Oliver Mai email@example.com