Notes on Using QNX Photon
- A repository is a source of software installation packages.
It can be accessed as an ordinary file system, and as a web
- There are typically two repositories automatically listed in
the Software installer. One is the CD you installed from
(assuming you did install that way). The other is QNX's web-based
repository, which has the latest versions, and patches.
- Additional repositories can be added to the software
installer. They are specified as an ordinary HTTP URL. A good one
which applies to QNX version 6.1 of course.
Photon Terminal Window
- To adjust the default properties for Photon terminal windows,
right-click on the window (or press CTRL-ALT-M, and
select properties. There's lots of self-explanatory items in
- The shelf is best configured by right-clicking on it,
selecting Setup, and using the resultant dialog box. However, its
configuration details are stored in the file
- The list of supported video cards, and which drivers they use
is found in the file
- To adjust whether you boot straight into Photon (bypassing
the text console), use the program
/usr/photon/bin/phgrafx-startup. There is a checkbox at
the bottom of the window that you can check if you want to boot
into graphical mode. I prefer to boot into text mode, and then
run photon manually, since this gives me a fallback position if
Photon is not working properly.
Photon Screen Capture
- The mouse pointer does not appear in screenshots taken with
Photon's screen snapshot utility.
- Make sure you set lines and columns in
.vimrc to be the same (or smaller) values as set for the pterm
terminal window's lines and columns. If you don't, text will be
misplaced, especially during vertical scrolling, and you'll end
up with a confusing mess.
Content last updated: 2004-01-30