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     XSETROOT(1)	X Version 11 (Release 6.4)	   XSETROOT(1)

     NAME    [Toc]    [Back]
	  xsetroot - root window parameter setting utility for X

     SYNOPSIS    [Toc]    [Back]
	  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]

     DESCRIPTION    [Toc]    [Back]
	  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 nonspecified
 characteristics will be reset to the default

	  Only one of the background color/tiling changing options (-
	  solid, -gray,	-grey, -bitmap,	and -mod) may be specified at
	  a time.

     OPTIONS    [Toc]    [Back]
	  The various options are as follows:

	       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 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 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

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	       pictures) using the bitmap(1) program.  The entire
	       background will be made up of repeated "tiles" of the

	  -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.

	  -fg color
	       Use ``color'' as	the foreground color.  Foreground and
	       background colors are meaningful	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

	  -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
	       representation when the window is iconified.  This
	       option is unused	since you can't	iconify	the

	  -display display
	       Specifies the server to connect to; see X(1).

     SEE ALSO    [Toc]    [Back]
	  X(1),	xset(1), xrdb(1)

     AUTHOR    [Toc]    [Back]
	  Mark Lillibridge, MIT	Project	Athena

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