ascd(1) An AfterStep and WindowMaker CD player


ascd [ -help ]
ascd [ -version ]
ascd [ -themes ]

ascd [ -geometry geometry ] [ +/-withdrawn ] [ -device device ] [ -mixer device ] [ +/-a ] [ +/-p ] [ +/-t ] [ +/-B ] [ -cue time ] [ -ti time ] [ -volume volume ] [ -mvolume volume ] [ -maxvolume volume ] [ -minvolume volume ] [ -fadestep value ] [ -theme theme directory ] [ +/-ia ] [ +/-up ] [ -showtitle ] [ -showartist ] [ -debug ] [ -save ]


ascd is CD player written to play audio CD's integrated in afterstep's Wharf module or WindowMaker's dock. ascd handles mounted volumes, and opens and closes the tray.


-help, -h
     print a list of commandline options and exit.


     print the version number and exit.


     print the list of installed themes and exit.

-geometry <geom>
     specifies the geometry of ascd. The Geometry
     works like the standard X-Window geometry option.

+/-withdrawn, +/-w
    Turn on and off withdrawn mode. Use this option if
    you use ascd with WindowMaker.

-device <device>
     specifies the CDROM device which should be used by 
     ascd. If "-DNO_DEFAULT_DEVICE" was set at
     compilation time this option will have no effect.

-mixer <device>
     specifies the mixer device. Works only if mixer
     support was enabled at compilation.

-cue <seconds>
     specifies the time -in seconds- for intro scan
     and cue modes.

-ti <seconds>
     specifies the timeout for the help texts. The
     default is 1 second.

+/-autoplay, +/-a
     Turn on or off autoplay mode. When this is
     turned on, ascd always wait for a CD, and play it 
     automatically when inserted.

+/-autoprobe, +/-p
     Turn on or off autoprobe mode. This mode
     checks for inserted CD. Default is on.

+/-autorepeat, +/-t
     autorepeat mode: when ascd reaches the end of the
     last track, the CD is not stopped and first track
     is played.

     This option is no longer supported.

-maxvolume <value>
     Set the CD driver max volume.

-minvolume <value>
     Set the CD driver min volume.

-volume <value>
     Set the CD driver volume, between 0 and maxvolume.
     Note that the -volume option in independant from 
     the mixer. It controls the drive, not the sound

-mvolume <value>
     Set the CD driver volume for the mute mode.

-fadestep <value>
     Set the fade in/out speed. Default is 5. Greater
     values accelerate the fade.

-theme <theme dir>
     Specify the visual theme to use.

     When this option is enabled, AScd ignore the skip
     orders found in WorkMan database and read all the
     tracks of the CD.

     When enabled, all the message (and the track title
     display) are forced in uppercase.

     Show the track title if found in WorkMan database.
     If the message panel is not large enough, AScd
     scrolls the title.

     Add the artist name to the track title (-showtitle
     option needed)

     AScd verbose mode

     Save all the settings and exit. Usefull to 'make' a
     new configuration file: set all the stuff you want
     to set and put -save as last commandline option. 

     ascd +w +a -device /dev/cd0c -save

     Then, you just call ascd without arguments, it will
     use the settings you just saved.


ascd stores its settings in ~/.ascdrc.

The theme files are usually stored in /usr/local/share/AScd.


ascd can be called from one of many ways. The most common invocation is the command line:
        % ascd -device /dev/wcd0a +w +a &
With Afterstep, another way to call ascd is from the window manager:
        *Wharf - - Swallow "ascd" ascd&
This line, when placed in the .steprc file in the users home directory will cause ascd to use the shape extensions so that it will be a button on the Wharf (1) button bar under the afterstep (1) window manager.


Copyright 1999, Rob Malda and Denis Bourez. 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 intact.


Denis Bourez <[email protected]>
     application since 0.7
Rob Malda <[email protected]>
     application until 0.6
Dirk Foersterling <[email protected]>
     WorkMan maintainer
Steven Grimm <[email protected]>
     WorkMan maintainer until 1.3
Erik O'Shaughnessy <[email protected]>
     AIX platform device driver
Michael Kurz <[email protected]>
     changes and man page until 0.6