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X11R7.4 - man page for xkill (x11r4 section 1)

XKILL(1)			     General Commands Manual				 XKILL(1)

NAME
       xkill - kill a client by its X resource

SYNOPSIS
       xkill [-display displayname] [-id resource] [-button number] [-frame] [-all]

DESCRIPTION
       Xkill is a utility for forcing the X server to close connections to clients.  This program
       is very dangerous, but is useful for aborting programs that have displayed undesired  win-
       dows  on a user's screen.  If no resource identifier is given with -id, xkill will display
       a special cursor as a prompt for the user to select a window to be killed.  If  a  pointer
       button  is  pressed  over  a  non-root window, the server will close its connection to the
       client that created the window.

OPTIONS
       -display displayname
	       This option specifies the name of the X server to contact.

       -id resource
	       This option specifies the X identifier for the resource whose  creator  is  to  be
	       aborted.   If  no  resource is specified, xkill will display a special cursor with
	       which you should select a window to be kill.

       -button number
	       This option specifies the number of pointer button that should be used in  select-
	       ing  a  window to kill.	If the word "any" is specified, any button on the pointer
	       may be used.  By default, the first button in the pointer map  (which  is  usually
	       the leftmost button) is used.

       -all    This option indicates that all clients with top-level windows on the screen should
	       be killed.  Xkill will ask you to select the root window with  each  of	the  cur-
	       rently  defined	buttons to give you several chances to abort.  Use of this option
	       is highly discouraged.

       -frame  This option indicates that xkill should ignore the standard conventions for  find-
	       ing  top-level  client windows (which are typically nested inside a window manager
	       window), and simply believe that you want to kill direct children of the root.

CAVEATS
       This command does not provide any warranty that the application whose connection to the	X
       server  is  closed  will  abort	nicely, or even abort at all. All this command does is to
       close the connection to the X server. Many existing  applications  do  indeed  abort  when
       their connection to the X server is closed, but some can choose to continue.

XDEFAULTS
       Button  Specifies a specific pointer button number or the word "any" to use when selecting
	       windows.

SEE ALSO
       X(7), xwininfo(1), XKillClient and XGetPointerMapping  in  the  Xlib  Programmers  Manual,
       KillClient in the X Protocol Specification

AUTHOR
       Jim Fulton, MIT X Consortium
       Dana Chee, Bellcore

X Version 11				   xkill 1.0.1					 XKILL(1)


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