- xsetroot- root window parameter setting utility for X
- xsetroot [-help] [-def] [-display display] [-cursor cursorfile
maskfile] [-cursor_name cursorname] [-bitmap filename] [-xpm
filename] [-pixmap filename] [-mod x y] [-gray] [-grey] [-fg color]
[-bg color] [-rv] [-solid color] [-name string]
- The setroot program allows you to tailor the appearance of the background
("root") window on a workstation display running X. Normally, you experiment
with xsetroot until you find a personalized look that you like, then put the xsetroot
command that produces it into your X startup file. If no options are specified, or if
-def is specified, the window is reset to its default state. The -def option
can be specified along with other options and only the non-specified characteristics will
be reset to the default state.
Only one of the background color/tiling changing options (-solid, -gray, -grey, -bitmap,
and -mod) may be specified at a time.
- The various options are as follows:
- Print a usage message and exit.
- Reset unspecified attributes to the default values. (Restores the background to the
familiar gray mesh and the cursor to the hollow x shape.)
- -cursor cursorfile maskfile
- This lets you change the pointer cursor to whatever you want when the pointer cursor is
outside of any window. Cursor and mask files are bitmaps (little pictures), and can be
made with the bitmap(1) program. You probably want the mask file to be all black
until you get used to the way masks work.
- -cursor name cursorname
- This lets you change the pointer cursor to one of the standard cursors from the cursor
font. Refer to appendix B of the X protocol for the names (except that the XC_ prefix is
elided for this option).
- -bitmap filename
- Use the bitmap specified in the file to set the window pattern. You can make your own
bitmap files (little pictures),using the bitmap(1) program. The entire background
will be made up of repeated "tiles" of the bitmap.
- -xpm filename
- Use the pixmap specified in the file to set the window pattern. The entire background
will be made up of repeated "tiles" of the pixmap.
- -pixmap filename
- Same behavior as for -xpm
- -mod x y
- This is used if you want a plaid-like grid pattern on your screen. x and y are integers
ranging from 1 to 16. Try the different combinations. Zero and negative numbers are taken
- Make the entire background gray. (Easier on the eyes.)
- Make the entire background grey.
- -fg color
- Use "color" as the foreground color. Foreground and background colors are
meaningful only in combination with -cursor, -bitmap, or -mod.
- -bg color
- Use "color" as the background color.
- This exchanges the foreground and background colors. Normally the foreground color is
black and the background color is white.
- -solid color
- This sets the background of the root window to the specified color. This option is only
useful on color servers.
- -name string
- Set the name of the root window to "string". There is no default value.
Usually a name is assigned to a window so that the window manager can use a text
representation when the window is iconified. This option is unused since you can't iconify
- -display display
- Specifies the server to connect to; see X(1).
- SEE ALSO
- X(1) xset(1) xrdb(1)
- Mark Lillibridge MIT Project Athena