3.5 on Debian Linux

Bernard Devlin bdrunrev at gmail.com
Sat Apr 18 07:03:22 EDT 2009

Hi Peter,

Not to ignore your disappointment, but I suspect it will be some years
before the LInux version gets sufficient treatment to bring it to
parity with the other platforms.  The only thing one can do is abandon
Rev, adjust one's expectations, or use Rev on a different OS.

I know that it is probably the least of your disappointments, but here
might be a workaround for at least the preferences problem.

With the preferences stack, are you sure the preferences stack is
actually being saved (does the modification time change?)  What
happens if you rename the revpreferences.rev stack?  I think Rev will
create a new one on restart from a template, and if so you can delete
the old one.  The new one will at least only have the default values.
Still not much help for you if you want something other than the
defaults.  Maybe you can actually save the preferences stack from the
message box and see if that makes your new preferences persist?

With the documentation problem, might it not be possible to create a
standalone of the dictionary, then run that as a separate program on
another desktop.  Before I gave up on the Linux version, I created a
standalone of the docs so that I could use more than one desktop (I
was using BvG's version of the docs to do it, but I think it should
work with the Rev dictionary too).

I hope that helps a little.


On Sat, Apr 18, 2009 at 8:47 AM, Peter Alcibiades
<palcibiades-first at yahoo.co.uk> wrote:
> Well, after a quick canter through, its a bit of a disappointment.
> 1)  Rev Browser is still conspicuous by its absence.
> 2)  Mutliple Desktops still do not work in Gnome.  Haven't bothered to try
> KDE.  This makes no sense:  Rev is the only application I ever found where
> they do not work right in Gnome.  I assume they still work in Fluxbox,
> they did in 3.0 at least, but I'm getting fed up with trying this stuff.
> 3)  Printing still does not work properly - print card, print field don't
> bring up a list of the installed printers.  Given this, its a fair bet
> that revPrintField is not going to work any better than it did in 3.0,
> again I am losing patience with trying this stuff over and over again.
> Again, you could say its something about this installation, but if so, why
> do all other apps find all installed printers?
> 4) There is something weird with preferences.  I foolishly tried to set the
> backdrop to yellow just to see how it felt.  Now, no matter what I do,
> reset to defaults works on the open instance, but on every restart the
> backdrop resets to yellow.  Similarly, the appearance is always the
> default, but the problem is the highlighting in the default is done in
> such a way that it obscures the print in the menu item being selected.
> Yes, you can reset this to motif, and this does make it visible.  For that
> session only!
> Behaviours and data grids will probably be very nice when one gets used to
> them.  But really, to still be using awk to generate a printable version
> of a field, to be resetting preferences every time you fire it up, to have
> 10 open empty desktops, and message box, palette, property inspector,
> script editor, application under development, and dictionary all crammed
> onto one of them, one window on top of another!
> As I say, its a bit of a disappointment.
> Peter
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