dxdw - Runs and repeats command line commands
/usr/bin/X11/dxdw [-c initial_command]
Specifies the command to run. The command string must be
enclosed in double quotes if it contains any spaces or
special characters interpreted by the shell.
Display Window accepts all of the standard X Toolkit command
line options, which are documented in the OPTIONS
section of the X(1X) reference page.
The Display Window application, dxdw, can be used to run
commands at specified time intervals.
You can use Display Window to: Run a command and display a
transcript of the output Repeat a command at regular
intervals Print the output to the default printer Save the
output to a file
You can use Display Window to run common commands without
starting up a full xterm. The optional -c option specifies
an initial command. The Display Window application presents
a transcript containing the current command, its
output, and its command-line error messages. You can
change the command after the application starts. The transcript
area is output-only, so you cannot use Display Window
to run commands that require user interaction on the
The Display Window application can be invoked from the CDE
Application Manager from the following categories:
Application Group: System_Admin
System Admin Subgroup: Daily Admin
When the Display Window main window invoked, the transcript
is empty because there is no command running. Enter
a command to run in the Command input text field.
Because Display Window can be started with a default initial
command, several launchpoints have been created in
the Application Manager to run specific command-line
applications. These applications include I/O Statistics
(iostat), Network Statistics (netstat), Virtual Memory
Statistics (vmstat), and Who? (who).
To start one of the preceding applications within Display
Window from the CDE desktop: Click on the Application Manager
icon on the CDE front panel. Double click on the
System_Admin application group icon. Double click on the
Tools application group icon. Double click on the icon
for the command you want to run in the Display Window
The Display Window application invokes the command
once. The output from the command is displayed in
the transcript area.
You can also start Display Window from the command line.
To start Display Window from the command line, enter the
following: /usr/bin/X11/dxdw [-c initial_command]
The -c option specifies the command string to run when
Display Window is started. On the command line, the command
string must be enclosed in double quotes if it contains
any spaces or special characters interpreted by the
The command string can be any of the following: A single
command A series of commands in a pipeline (|) A series of
commands separated by semicolons
After Display Window starts, a new command string can be
entered in the Command input text field. In the graphical
user interface, it is not necessary to enclose the command
string in double quotes.
To enter a new command string: Clear the Command input
text field if a command is already present. Enter a new
command string in the Command input text field. Press the
Return key in the Command input text field to run the command.
The following example runs the iostat command one time in
the Display Window application. You can use the Repeat
Every dialog box to repeat the command at regular intervals.
dxdw -c iostat The following examples show how to
use Display Window from the command line. dxdw -c df dxdw
-c "ps -aef" dxdw -c "ps -aef | grep dxdw" dxdw -c "mount;
showmount" You can view the Display Window online help
volume without running the application. To open the Display
Window help volume from the command line, enter the
following command: /usr/dt/bin/dthelpview -h \
Contains the Display Window application executable Contains
the Display Window help volume Contains the default
values for the application's X resources
Commands: iostat(1), netstat(1), vmstat(1), who(1), X(1X)
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