root window parameter setting utility for X
xsetroot [-help] [-def]
[-cursor cursorfile maskfile]
[-bitmap 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
with any bitmap editor.
You probably want the mask file to be all black until you
get used to the way masks work.
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).
Use the bitmap specified in the file to set the window pattern.
You can make your own bitmap files (little pictures) using
any bitmap editor.
The entire background 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.
Make the entire background gray. (Easier on the eyes.)
Make the entire background grey.
Use color as the foreground color. Foreground and
background colors are meaningful only in combination with
-cursor, -bitmap, or -mod.
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.
This sets the background of the root window to the specified color.
This option is only useful on color servers.
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 cannot iconify the background.
Specifies the server to connect to; see
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SCO OpenServer Release 5.0.7 -- 11 February 2003