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RedHat 9 (Linux i386) - man page for xmessage (redhat section 1)

XMESSAGE(1)									      XMESSAGE(1)

NAME
       xmessage - display a message or query in a window (X-based /bin/echo)

SYNOPSIS
       xmessage [ -buttons label1[:value1],label2[:value2], ...  ] [ options ] -file filename
       xmessage [ -buttons label1[:value1],label2[:value2], ...  ] [ options ] message ...

DESCRIPTION
       The xmessage program displays a window containing a message from the command line, a file,
       or standard input.  Along the lower edge of the message is row of  buttons;  clicking  the
       left  mouse  button on any of these buttons will cause xmessage to exit.  Which button was
       pressed is returned in the exit status and, optionally, by writing the label of the button
       to standard output.

       The  program  is  typically used by shell scripts to display information to the user or to
       ask the user to make a choice.

       Unless a size is specified, xmessage sizes itself to fit the  message,  up  to  a  maximum
       size.  If the message is too big for the window, xmessage will display scroll bars.

OPTIONS
       These are the command line options that xmessage understands.

       -buttons button,button,...
	       This option will cause xmessage to create one button for each comma-separated but-
	       ton argument.  The corresponding resource is buttons.  Each button consists  of	a
	       label  optionally followed by a colon and an exit value.  The label is the name of
	       the Command button widget created and will be the default text  displayed  to  the
	       user.   Since  this  is the name of the widget it may be used to change any of the
	       resources associated with that button.  The exit value will be returned	by  xmes-
	       sage  if  that  button is selected.  The default exit value is 100 plus the button
	       number.	Buttons are numbered from the left starting with one.  The default string
	       if no -buttons option is given is okay:0.

       -default label
	       Defines	the  button  with  a  matching label to be the default.  If not specified
	       there is no default.   The  corresponding  resource  is	defaultButton.	 Pressing
	       Return  anywhere  in  the  xmessage  window will activate the default button.  The
	       default button has a wider border than the others.

       -file filename
	       File to display.  The corresponding resource is file.  A  filename  of  `-'  reads
	       from  standard  input.	If this option is not supplied, xmessage will display all
	       non-option arguments in the style of echo.  Either -file or a message on the  com-
	       mand line should be provided, but not both.

       -print  This  will  cause the program to write the label of the button pressed to standard
	       output.	Equivalent to setting the printValue resource to TRUE.	This is  one  way
	       to get feedback as to which button was pressed.

       -center Pop  up	the window at the center of the screen.  Equivalent to setting the center
	       resource to TRUE.

       -nearmouse
	       Pop up the window near the mouse cursor.   Equivalent  to  setting  the	nearMouse
	       resource to TRUE.

       -timeout secs
	       Exit with status 0 after secs seconds if the user has not clicked on a button yet.
	       The corresponding resource is timeout.

WIDGET HIERARCHY
       Knowing the name and position in the hierarchy of each widget is  useful  when  specifying
       resources for them.  In the following chart, the class and name of each widget is given.

       Xmessage (xmessage)
	    Form form
		 Text message
		 Command (label1)
		 Command (label2)
		 .
		 .
		 .

RESOURCES
       The  program  has a few top-level application resources that allow customizations that are
       specific to xmessage.

       file    A String specifying the file to display.

       buttons A String specifying the buttons to display.  See the -buttons command-line option.

       defaultButton
	       A String specifying a default button by label.

       printValue
	       A Boolean value specifying whether the label of the button  pressed  to	exit  the
	       program is written to standard output.  The default is FALSE.

       center  A  Boolean  value  specifying  whether  to  pop up the window at the center of the
	       screen.	The default is FALSE.

       nearMouse
	       A Boolean value specifying whether to pop up the window	near  the  mouse  cursor.
	       The default is FALSE.

       timeout The  number of seconds after which to exit with status 0.  The default is 0, which
	       means never time out.

       maxHeight (class Maximum)
	       The maximum height of the text part of the window in pixels, used if no	size  was
	       specified in the geometry.  The default is 0, which means use 70% of the height of
	       the screen.

       maxWidth (class Maximum)
	       The maximum width of the text part of the window in pixels, used if  no	size  was
	       specified  in the geometry.  The default is 0, which means use 70% of the width of
	       the screen.

ACTIONS
       exit(value)
	       exit immediately with an exit status of value (default 0).   This  action  can  be
	       used with translations to provide alternate ways of exiting xmessage.

       default-exit()
	       exit  immediately  with the exit status specified by the default button.  If there
	       is no default button, this action has no effect.

EXIT STATUS
       If it detects an error, xmessage returns 1, so this value should not be used with  a  but-
       ton.

SEE ALSO
       X(7x), echo(1), cat(1)

AUTHORS
       Chris Peterson, MIT Project Athena
       Stephen Gildea, X Consortium

X Version 11				   Release 6.6				      XMESSAGE(1)


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