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Re: Truly Amazing new XTree clone

Posted By: Mathias Winkler <>
Date: Aug-21-2000 8:59 p.m.

In Response To: Re: Truly Amazing new XTree clone (Greg Akers)

> I've briefly tried the Windows version of this, WinTree, with these
> results:

Well, firstly, "UnixTree" is mainly intended as an XTree clone for *Unix*,
while the Win port is there "just for fun", for playing with it.
Not really for becoming a ZTree competitor.

> I couldn't get it to run at all under Win98SE. I unzipped it into a
> directory in my path and read the README & INSTALL files for any
> special setup instructions, but didn't find any. Executing the xt.exe
> file, either directly or thru a batch file, just gave a quick flash of a
> DOS box that disappears. Is there something I need to do to make it run
> under Win98SE?

Well, if you open a DOS bos first and call xt.exe, you'll se the error message:
"XT: ~ does not exist."

This is, because under Unix, UXT tries to log by default to the "home
directory" (which is represented by the "~" (tilde) character). Obviously, in
Windows there is no home or ~ directory...

The first workaround is, to start it as "xt.exe c:\", which then logs
the C: drive root instead. Later, you can configure this to the new
default: call the config F4-F10, "1 Modify...", goto Page 3, change
"2 default node" from "~" to "C:\".

> The xt.exe file ran OK for me under WinNT4. But, according to
> dispbox.exe, it uses svsh characters for drawing the frame and lines
> instead of the ascii characters it should use. How can I fix this?

Hm, mine works OK in Win98, with all the ordinary box drawing characters.
Try the -c command line switch ("Use alternate char sets"), i.e. call
"xt.exe -c", and see what happens.

> But some things, like pressing the F4 to access each command of the Alt
> menu, seem quite strange to me. I didn't find the Ctrl menu at all.

It's there with "F3" !
The problem with the CTRL and ALT commands/menus is:

Unfortunately there seems to be absolutely *no_way* in *Unix* to track
a single CTRL or ALT keypress, whereas you obviously can track
CTRL+ , however, there are a number of interferences with
some system-wide hotkeys, such as CTRL-C for interrupt, CTRL-M for a
CR signal, and more.. :-(

That's the reason why, by default, the standard CTRL substitute key is
F3, and the standard ALT substitute key is F4 (this is shown in the
menu as "F3 tag F4 alt menu", by the way).

In order to adjust things more to your likings, there is a
configuration option in UnixTree, called "Shift for tag" (on page 4,
item C), which lets at least use the SHIFT key for CTRL, which is a rather
reasonable substitution, I think.

Regarding the ALT-key, currently, AFAIK, there's only with the Unix
versions the chance for a custom definition:
You can define any - other than ALT - key by adding a line like this:

Kalt = ","
(using the comma for ALT in this example, which works good on German
keyboards, e.g.)

to your respective *.trm file (e.g. "xterm-c.trm" copied to "xterm.trm" for
Linux X11).

Under Windows, appearently there are no *.trm files for terminal
capability definition, so this is reserved for the operating systems
UnixTree has been initially designed for.

Hope this helps
Mathias Winkler

P.S.: Try Linux as an alternative OS, and then run UnixTree under it,
this is much better!

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