The usual way to invoke 4Pane is by typing 4Pane into "Run command" or a console, or putting this in a desktop shortcut.
However you might occasionally need a more complicated method:
- If you want to open 4Pane at a particular directory (or directories --- one on the left, one on the right),
you can pass it as a parameter:
4Pane /path/to/foo or 4Pane /path/to/foo /path/to/bar
You would use this if you make 4Pane your desktop manager's default file manager: it would then open a new instance of 4Pane when removable media was plugged in.
- If you are running a LiveCD: you'd need 4Pane's configuration file to be in a writable location, or in one that persists. You can do this with the -c option:
e.g. 4Pane -c /media/usbpen. You can similarly set the directory that 4Pane calls Home by using the -d option.
The first time that you run 4Pane, or whenever a configuration file isn't found, a wizard will appear. Generally this will just acquire information
about your system and save sensible defaults, but you also have the option of copying an existing configuration (perhaps one belonging to another user).