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netscape [ -help ] [ -version ] [ -display display-string ]
[ -geometry geometry-string ] [ -visual visual-string ] [ -install ]
[ -no-install ] [ -ncols max-colors ] [ -mono ] [ -iconic ]
[ -xrm resource-string ] [ -remote remote-command ] [ -id window-id ]
[ -raise ] [ -noraise ] [ -nethelp ] [ -dont-force-window-stacking ]
[ -no-about-splash ] [ -no-session-management -session-management ]
[ -no-irix-session-management -irix-session-management ]
[ -dont-save-geometry-prefs ] [ -ignore-geometry-prefs ]
[ -component-bar ] [ -composer -edit ] [ -messenger -mail ]
[ -discussions -news ] [ initial-URL(s) ]
When started, netscape will automatically load either the URL(s)
specified on the command line, or the "home page" specified in the user
preferences if no URL is given on the command line.
On line help describing the configuration and use of netscape can be
accessed by selecting Help Contents from the Help menu on the right hand
side of the netscape menu bar.
OPTIONS [Toc] [Back]
-help Displays a list of the invocation commands along with some
-version Displays the version number and build date for the netscape
Sends the display to a remote machine. See X(1) for details on
the format and interpretation of the display argument.
Tell netscape which visual to choose for the windows it
creates. Possible values are:
default This is the standard setting, windows are creating in
the same visual as the root window of the screen.
best netscape picks the visual which it believes will give
the highest quality display.
The visual chosen will be the deepest visual of the
0x## Specifying a hexadecimal number will select the
visual with the given visual id.
Specifies size and placement of the initial window. See X(1)
for details on the format and interpretation of the geometry
-install Meaningful only if used with -visual default. Causes netscape
to create its own color map, rather than trying to use the root
window's color map. May cause color flashing if this option is
used on a machine with primitive color map hardware.
Inverse of above, netscape will use the default color map.
When not using -install, specifies maximum number of colors
netscape will allocate out of the color map.
-mono Force the program to run in black & white.
-iconic Start up with the application iconified.
Standard method for overriding settings in the resource file.
Tells netscape to execute a command in an already running
netscape process. Available commands are:
openURL ( )
Prompts for a URL with a dialog box.
Opens the specified document without prompting.
openURL (URL<b>, new-window)
Create a new window displaying the the specified
openFile ( )
Prompts for a file with a dialog box.
Opens the specified file without prompting.
saveAs ( )
Prompts for a file with a dialog box (like the menu
Writes HTML to the specified file without prompting.
saveAs (Output-File<b>, Type<b>)
Writes to the specified file with the type specified
- the type may be HTML, Text, or PostScript.
mailto ( )
pops up the mail dialog with the To: field empty.
mailto (a<b>, b<b>, c<b>)
Puts the addresses "a, b, c" in the default To:
addBookmark ( )
Adds the current document to the bookmark list.
Adds the given document to the bookmark list.
addBookmark (URL<b>, Title)
Adds the given document to the bookmark list, with
the given title.
For further details read this document
Identifies a specific X window to which the -remote commands
should be sent. If not specified, the first window found will
-raise Tells whether the -remote commands should cause the window to
raise itself to the top, this is the default.
-noraise Specifies that the -remote commands will not auto-raise the
-nethelp Show nethelp. Requires nethelp: URL.
Bypass the startup license page.
netscape supports session management by default. Use these
flags to force it on/off.
IRIX session management is on by default on SGI systems. It is
also available on other platforms and might work with session
managers other than the IRIX desktop.
Don't save window geometry for session.
Ignore saved window geometry for session.
Show only the Component Bar.
-edit Open all command line URLs in Composer.
-mail Show Messenger Mailbox (INBOX).
-news Show Collabra Discussions.
ENVIRONMENT VARIABLES [Toc] [Back]
Netscape has a wrapper script to set several environment variables
specific to the SGI customized environment. These are defined to the
default SGI environment, however should you require the domestic 128-bit
version of the browser and install it in a different location you may
need to alter some of these settings and not use the wrapper script. The
wrapper script is located in /usr/bin/X11/netscape. These are the
default environment variables:
Location Communicator files are installed
SGI logo animation. Other values can be anim_bw.dat
or anim_cube.dat for a black and white logo and the
original cube logo respectively.
This is the path in which netscape will look for
plugins. If you have any plugins installed in other
locations you will need to alter this variable.
MULTIPLE BROWSER CONFIGURATIONS [Toc] [Back]
If you install multiple versions of netscape on your system, be it a
domestic 128-bit version and the customized export version or multiple
versions you will need to create several wrapper scripts to configure
each different version. You will need to remove the file
/usr/lib/X11/app-defaults/Netscape if you have different netscape
versions installed due to version numbers encoded in the browser and
$HOME/.netscape/pab.na2 All the personal address book cards are
$HOME/.netscape/archive/* Directory containing archive copies of
often viewed files.
All the bookmarks are stored here, in HTML
format for easy access.
$HOME/.netscape/cache/* Directory containing local copies of
recently viewed files.
List of all certificate names.
$HOME/.netscape/cert*.db List of all certificates.
$HOME/.netscape/cookies List of all magic cookies.
$HOME/.netscape/history.list List of all recently visited links.
$HOME/.netscape/key*.db List of all personal keys.
$HOME/.netscape/lock Lock if netscape is already running.
$HOME/.netscape/newsgroups-* List of all newsgroups by server.
$HOME/.netscape/snewsgroups-* List of all secure newsgroups by server.
List of all plug-in's and the previous
Settings from the Option menu and
Preference dialogs are stored here in
$HOME/.netscape/xover-cache/* Directory containing cache of news server
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