On 02/14/2018 06:53 PM, Galen Seitz wrote:
On 02/14/2018 04:13 PM, Richard Owlett wrote:
Serendipity *RULES* <grin>
Just before reading your post and after following an unreproducible web of references and links I had found <http://www.graphicsmagick.org/>. I found hints that what I wanted was possible - but how was unclear.

"montage -geometry <size> <file1> <file2> ...<filen> <output>" resembled what I'd seen. I then used "montage" as a search term at <https://manpages.debian.org/>. That delivered <https://manpages.debian.org/stretch/graphicsmagick-imagemagick-compat/montage.1.en.html> which described what I wanted.

There are strong hints that its output will be a "miff" format file. It's not yet clear if that can be converted to a "png" format file.

If that can not be done, it will not be usable on a MATE panel.
HOWEVER I've found references on <http://wiki.tcl.tk/> that I can achieve a suitable substitute.

" How the program decides how to arrange the pictures " is not terribly important as long as it is repeatable.

I doubt authors were thinking of my constraints.
*HOWEVER*, if it works I'm happy.
I'm off to discover just what a "miff" formatted image might be.

As Richard says, it's okay to under use a tool.  There's tons of capability in bash that I don't use, but that doesn't stop me from using it on a daily basis.

montage is part of ImageMagick.  What I think you want is montage concatenation mode.

Scroll down near the bottom of the page to find concatenation mode described.

I believe montage (and ImageMagick in general) will look at the filename extension of the output file to determine the output file type.

Something like this is probably what you want:

montage icon1.png icon2.png -mode Concatenate -tile x1 output.png

I was ho[ping that was correct.
As I'm in "show me state", I'll respond in AM.
Thank you.

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