tellwm - shell front end to invoke window manager functions
tellwm [-t | -test] [-v | -verbose] command
The tellwm utility invokes window functions in a cooperating resident
window manager program.
Cooperating window managers post the _SGI_TELL_WM property on the root
window, containing a list of command strings they support externally. If
the command argument given to tellwm matches this published protocol,
tellwm forwards the command to the window manager for execution. tellwm
exits with a non-zero status if the current window manager does not
provide the cooperating property, or if it does not support the requested
command. The following options are provided:
-test Test to determine whether the command can be sent, but don't send
it. The exit status of tellwm may be checked to see if the
current window manager and its protocol support the command
request given, but the requested command is not actually sent.
Report diagnostics if tellwm fails to successfully communicate
with the current window manager.
For more information about the entire IRIX Interactive
Desktop environment, see the IID(1) man page.
The 4Dwm window manager is currently the only window manager which
supports the _SGI_TELL_WM protocol property. 4Dwm publishes the
following protocol of supported external commands: auto_place,
auto_save, beep, circle_down, circle_up, end_session, explicit_save,
interactive_place, minimize_all, opaque, outline, pack_icons, quit,
refresh, restart, restore_all, and save_configuration.
For example, the shell command line
causes 4Dwm to perform the same action as when the Restart item
(f.restart) is invoked from the 4Dwm menu. Refer to the 4Dwm
documentation for definitions of these commands.
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