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

XSETROOT(1)			     General Commands Manual			      XSETROOT(1)

       xsetroot - root window parameter setting utility for X

       xsetroot  [-help]  [-def]  [-display  display] [-cursor cursorfile maskfile] [-cursor_name
       cursorname] [-bitmap filename] [-mod x y] [-gray] [-grey] [-fg color]  [-bg  color]  [-rv]
       [-solid color] [-name string]

       The xsetroot 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:

       -help  Print a usage message and exit.

       -def   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  cur-
	      sor 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  back-
	      ground will be made up of repeated "tiles" of the bitmap.

       -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 as 1.

       -gray  Make the entire background gray.	(Easier on the eyes.)

       -grey  Make the entire background grey.

       -fg color
	      Use  ``color'' as the foreground color.  Foreground and background colors are mean-
	      ingful only in combination with -cursor, -bitmap, or -mod.

       -bg color
	      Use ``color'' as the background color.

       -rv    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 represen-
	      tation when the window is iconified.  This option is unused since you can't iconify
	      the background.

       -display display
	      Specifies the server to connect to; see X(7).

       X(7), xset(1), xrdb(1)

       Mark Lillibridge, MIT Project Athena

X Version 11				  xsetroot 1.0.2			      XSETROOT(1)

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