FvwmWharf - the AfterStep application "dock" module ported to Fvwm.
FvwmWharf is spawned by Fvwm, so no command line invocation will work.
The FvwmWharf module is a free-floating application loader that can
execute programs, "Swallow" running programs, and contain "Folders" of
more applications, among other things. The user can press the first
button at any time to trigger invocation of one of these functions, or
the user can press button two in order to cause the entire Wharf to
withdraw to the nearest corner in an iconified state. FvwmWharf only
works when fvwm is used as the window manager.
The FvwmWharf module is copyright 1995 and 1996 by a variety of
contributors. They are, in alphabetical order, Beat Christen, Frank
Fejes, Alfredo Kenji Kojima, Dan Weeks, and Bo Yang
The GoodStuff program, and the concept for interfacing this module to
the Window Manager, are all original work by Robert Nation
No guarantees or warranties or anything are provided or implied in any
way whatsoever. Use this program at your own risk. Permission to use
this program for any purpose is given, as long as the copyright is kept
During initialization, FvwmWharf gets config info from fvwm’s module
configuration database (see fvwm(1), section MODULE COMMANDS) to obtain
a description of button panel geometry, color, icons, and actions.
If the FvwmWharf executable is linked to another name, ie ln -s
FvwmWharf Pier, then another module called Pier can be started, with a
completely different configuration than FvwmWharf, simply by changing
the keywords FvwmWharf... to Pier.... This way multiple button-bars can
FvwmWharf should be invoked in the same way as other fvwm modules.
If specified, the opening and closing of Folders will be
animated, rather than simply drawn in one frame.
Designates that full-length Wharf windows will be animated.
If *FvwmWharfTextureType 0 is specified, FvwmWharf’s buttons
will be filled with color.
Tells the module to use colorset colorset for the background of
all buttons. This option disables the options ’BgColor’,
’TextureType’ and ’TextureColor’ if specified after these and is
disabled by them if used before any of them in the
configuration. Please refer to the man page of the FvwmTheme
module for details about colorsets.
Specifies the number of columns of buttons to be created. If
unspecified, the number of columns will be set to 1. If the
columns are set to a number greater than 1 then there will be
that number of columns with enough rows to satisfy the requested
number of buttons.
If specified, will force pixmaps larger than 64x64 to the
default size. Pixmaps smaller than 64x64 are not supported.
If specified, the entire FvwmWharf button background will be
moved down and to the right when pushed. Especially useful with
Specifies the FvwmWharf window location and/or size. If the size
is not specified, FvwmWharf will auto-size itself in a
reasonable manner. The geometry is a standard X11 window
geometry specification. This option is pre-set in the
Nextstep(tm) style section for a consistent look and feel with
NEXTSTEP(tm). Secondary FvwmWharf invocations from links may
have their own geometry.
Specifies the maximum number of colors to use on a gradient
Denotes that beveled borders should not be drawn around the
FvwmWharf button. Useful with textures that include their own
Sets the pixmap file to be used as FvwmWharf’s button. To be
used with *FvwmWharfTextureType 128.
*FvwmWharfTextureColor from to
When used with a *FvwmWharfTextureType of 1 to 5, designates the
ends of the gradient range to be used on FvwmWharf’s buttons.
Specifies the type of gradient fill to be used on FvwmWharf’s
buttons. Valid values are:
0 - No texture - use FvwmWharfBgColor to set the desired color
1 - Gradient from upper-left to lower right
2 - Horizontal one way gradient from top to bottom
3 - Horizontal cylindrical gradient from top/bottom to center
4 - Vertical one way gradient from left to right
5 - Vertical cylindrical gradient from left/right to center
128 - User specified pixmap
The default is the builtin FvwmWharf texture pixmap.
*FvwmWharf label icon command
Specifies a window manager built-in command or folder to
activate (folders will be discussed below), as described in the
Fvwm man page, which should be executed when a button is
pressed. The label field is an internal item that is still
around from the GoodStuff module. The icon field specifies an
X11 bitmap file, XPM color icon file, or a comma-delimited set
of pixmaps containing the icon(s) to display on the button.
FvwmWharf will search through the path specified in the
ImagePath configuration item to find the icon file.
NOTE: Icons must have one transparent pixel or the definition of
a transparent color in order to be valid.
If command is an fvwm Exec command, then the button will appear
pushed in until the mouse button is released.
A single extension to the fvwm built-in command set is provided.
A command of the form:
*FvwmWharf junk clock.xpm Swallow "Clock" asclock -shape -12
will cause FvwmWharf to spawn an asclock process, and capture
the first window whose name or resource is "Clock", and display
it in the button-bar. This is handy for applications like
xclock, xbiff, xload, asclock, and asmail.
Modules can be swallowed by specifying the word Module:
*FvwmWharf pager nil Swallow "Desktop" Module FvwmPager 0 0
NOTE: if you use xclock for this application, you will want to
specify xclock -padding 0.
Swallow option tries to force an application to be 48 by 48
pixels. A special option MaxSwallow can be used to leave an
application at its own size (but less then 64x64). MaxSwallow
is invoked the same way Swallow is. If you want an application
to fill all the button place, you should start it with a proper
geometry flag, like "xload -g 64x64" or, if you want to leave a
3d-look: "xload -g 60x60".
Note, not all applications are good for swallowing, some can’t
be resized at all, some can’t be resized exactly to 48x48 or
64x64, you are responsible for choosing suitable applications to
To create folder "slide-outs" in FvwmWharf the following format
must be used:
*FvwmWharf files Folders.xpm Folder
*FvwmWharf xftp 3DRings.xpm Exec xftp
*FvwmWharf xdir FolderDeposit.xpm Exec xdir
*FvwmWharf moxfm FilingCabinet.xpm Exec moxfm
The first line of this set tells FvwmWharf that this button
definition will be a folder. All of the button definitions
between the Folder and the line with the definition of
*FvwmWharf ~Folders will appear on the "files" folder when it is
exposed. To expose the "files" folder simply click on the
FvwmWharf button with the Folders.xpm icon showing. A button
bar will appear perpendicular to your FvwmWharf bar and toward
the center of the screen. On this smaller bar will be the three
icons that were configured between the Folder and ~Folder parts
of the FvwmWharf configuration. As many folder buttons may be
configured as is room on your screen. The only items that may
not be configured within folders are Swallowed applications and
DRAG AND DROP
FvwmWharf supports the OffiX Drag and Drop standard. In order to have
Drag and Drop enabled on a particular button, the following syntax must
be adhered to:
*FvwmWharf nil nil DropExec "program" program %s
*FvwmWharf program iconname Exec "program" program
The button will call program when pushed. If a file is dragged onto
into it, program will be called with %s being replaced by the dropped
Beat Christen (email@example.com)
Frank Fejes (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Alfredo Kengi Kojima (email@example.com)
Dan Weeks (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Bo Yang (email@example.com)