21 Apr 2000 johnm   » (Journeyer)

I've been pottering about reading Advogato for a little while now, thinking I really ought to get around to signing up. I was finally moved to do so just now because I know the answer to Zack's question in his diary:

P.S.: Does anyone know how to get rid of the damn splash screen and go straight to the start page?

But if only I kept better records... it took 20 minutes to dredge the answer out of my hard drive.

I thought it was a setting in the .netscape/preferences.js file, which says "DO NOT EDIT" at the top but I remember having to edit several things in it. But nothing seemed relevant, and five minutes of randomly setting the more bizarrely named option strings didn't perceptibly change anything.

Then I tried netscape's X app-defaults. I vaguely remembered having tweaked those too. This would have been easy to track down, except that I'm not an X programmer and I don't know where app-defaults files live. Searching the entire file system showed that I couldn't find any netscape app-defaults file because it didn't have one.

There was one off in some documentation directory, but that couldn't be it, could it?

! Uncomment the following line to bypass the startup licence page.
!
! Equivalent to using the '-no-about-splash' startup flag.
!
!*noAboutSplash: True

I was sure I had made an app-defaults file with this, but it seems I just added the option to some script somewhere. Oh well... It's funny how your memory sends you on wild goose chases sometimes...

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