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XSETROOT(1)		    General Commands Manual		   XSETROOT(1)

       xsetroot	- root window parameter	setting	utility	for X

       xsetroot	 [-help] [-version] [-def] [-display display] [-cursor cursor-
       file maskfile] [-cursor_name cursorfontname] [-xcf  cursorfile  cursor-
       size] [-bitmap filename | -mod x	y | -gray | -grey | -solid color] [-bg
       color] [-fg color] [-rv]	[-name string] [-d display]

       The xsetroot program allows you to tailor the appearance	of  the	 back-
       ground  ("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 spec-
       ified along with	other options and only the non-specified  characteris-
       tics 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.

	      Print a version message and exit.

       -def, -default
	      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 cursorfontname
	      This lets	you change the pointer cursor to one of	 the  standard
	      cursors from the cursor font.  Refer to appendix B of the	X pro-
	      tocol for	the names (except that the XC_ prefix  is  elided  for
	      this option).

       -xcf cursorfile cursorsize
	      This  lets  you  change the pointer cursor to one	loaded from an
	      Xcursor file as defined by libXcursor, at	the specified size.

       -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 re-
	      peated "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

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

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

       -fg, -foreground	color
	      Use ``color'' as the foreground  color.	Foreground  and	 back-
	      ground  colors  are meaningful only in combination with -cursor,
	      -bitmap, or -mod.

       -rv, -reverse
	      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  de-
	      fault 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 the

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

       X(7), xset(1), xrdb(1), Xcursor(3)

       Mark Lillibridge, MIT Project Athena

X Version 11			xsetroot 1.1.2			   XSETROOT(1)


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