> > > People,
> > > I am looking for a good easily customizable application launcher for
> > > xterms. Basically
> > > I just want to find something that can be launched from Exceed so that
> > > our students
> > > can access applications from open access PC's without having to use the
> > > command line
> > > from an xterm to launch apps. Any ideas would be appreciated, as would
> > > example
> > > configs for the launcher...
> > > Thanks in advance,
> > > Scott.
> > If you're running Exceed why not let Exceed start the app? There is no
> > reason to start an xterm if all you use it for is to start an
> > application - you can start most any app directly from Exceed because it
> > is a launcher - in fact, that's how xterm launches.
> I have about 30 or 40 apps that people need to launch, it is not practical to
> set up exceed launch icons on everybody's desktop. (Think hospital with lots
> an lots of buildings.... ;-))
I was under the impression that you could distribute shortcuts via email
or even by sharing them out - this latter being preferred if true,
because it is a nice configuration management solution. I don't do much
with Windows, though.
> > It is also possible using shell scripting to write a simple menu screen
> > that will accept a keystroke and launch a task, and you can go crazy
> > with TCL/TK and write a full gui interface, but again, using your
> > Windows environment to accomplish the same thing is probably the
> > easiest. Just create some rexec or rsh objects using Exceed's
> > capabilities.
> Yeah I could sit down and write something in TCL/TK but I don't have the time
> why I was asking if anyone knows of something quick and easy to use that will
> do what
> I need and is easily configurable. I would intend to stick this into our
> default .login script
> for the less knowledgeable users or even configure exceed to start this
> program directly
> for those who are unfamiliar to a Unix shell.
You might take a look at Midnight Commander, then (www.gnome.org/mc).
Installs easily, and has a configurable user menu. It's based on the old
DOS Norton Commander so is also a file manager. Very text based. I ran a
form of it in OS/2 for years and have a version of it on my wife's Win2k
system so I don't have to fight with the gui, and it is on my Solaris
x86 system so my wife doesn't have to fight with the gui ;-).
CTO, One Stop Consulting, Inc.
Seattle, WA ... http://ThinkUNIX.com