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XLITO(1)		    General Commands Manual		      XLITO(1)

NAME
       xlito  (XLoadImageTrailingOptions)  - Append/Delete/Show	a Trailing Op-
       tion string in a	file.

SYNOPSIS
       xlito [option] [string] files ...

DESCRIPTION
       xlito (XLoadImageTrailingOptions) is a utility  that  provides  a  file
       format  independent way of marking image	files with the appropriate op-
       tions to	display	correctly.  It does this by appending  to  a  file,  a
       string specified	by the user. The string	is marked with some magic num-
       bers so that it can be extracted	by a program that knows	what  to  look
       for. Since almost all image files have some sort	of image dimension in-
       formation in the	file, the programs that	load or	manipulate these files
       generally do not	look beyond the	point at which they have read the com-
       plete image, so trailing	information is safely be hidden. If  appending
       this  information causes	trouble	with other utilities, it can simply be
       deleted.

       Appropriate version of xloadimage (ie. xli 1.00)	will  recognise	 these
       trailing	 options at the	end of the image files,	and will treat the em-
       bedded string as	if it were a sequence of command line  Image  Options.
       Any  Global  Options will be ignored, and unlike	command	line image Op-
       tions, Trailing Options are never propagated to other images.

       Old versions of xloadimage (3.01	or less) can be	made forward  compati-
       ble  by using the -x option to pull the trailing	options	out of the im-
       age files, and put them on the command line where  xloadimage  can  see
       them.

OPTIONS
       The default behavior is to display the trailing option strings (if any)
       of the files on the argument line.  The following  options  change  the
       behavior	of xlito:

       -c option_string	file_name ...
	       This adds or changes the	embedded string	to option_string.  The
	       string will have	to be quoted if	it is composed	of  more  than
	       one word.

       -d file_name ...
	       Delete any embedded trailing option strings in the given	files.

       -x file_name ...
	       Process the files and create a command line string suitable for
	       use by xloadimage. Arguments starting with - are	echoed,	 argu-
	       ments not starting with - are treated as	files and any trailing
	       options strings are echoed  followed  by	 the  file  name.  The
	       xloadimage option -name is treated correctly.

EXAMPLES
       If fred.gif has the wrong aspect	ratio, then it might need viewing with
       the xloadimage options:

	    xloadimage -yzoom 130 fred.gif

       This option can then be appended	to the file by:

	    xlito -c "-yzoom 130" fred.gif

       and from	then on	some new versions of xloadimage	will get the appropri-
       ate  options from the image file	itself.	Old versions of	xloadimage can
       be made to work by using:

	    xloadimage `xlito -x fred.gif`

       This can	be made	transparent by using  a	 script	 containing  something
       like:

	    xloadimage `xlito -x $*`

       The script could	be called xli for instance.

       The options can be deleted with:

	    xlito -d fred.gif

AUTHOR
       Graeme Gill
       Labtam Australia
       graeme@labtam.oz.au

MAINTAINER
       smar@reptiles.org

COMPATIBILITY WITH IMAGE FILES
       Some  image  files are actually ascii files that	are used in other con-
       texts.  X Bitmap	files are an example. They are formatted as 'C'	 style
       #defines	 and  an  initialised array of characters, so that they	can be
       included	in 'C' source code.  Adding trailing options  would  therefore
       render  the  file  unusable with	a compiler, since it will get a	syntax
       error on	the railing option string and the magic	numbers. The  solution
       to  this	 is  that  xlito  will	ignore a certain amount	(a few hundred
       bytes) after the	trailing options, and uses a padding of	20  bytes  be-
       fore  the  trailing  options.  These  two areas will be maintained when
       changing	an existing trailing option. In	the case of an X bitmap	 then,
       the  solution is	to edit	the file and place the embedded	string in some
       'C' comments:

       eg: say the file	starts as:
       #define tt_width	4
       #define tt_height 4
       static char tt_bits[] = {
	  0x08,	0x02, 0x04, 0x01};

       and you add a trailing options:
       #define tt_width	4
       #define tt_height 4
       static char tt_bits[] = {
	  0x08,	0x02, 0x04, 0x01};
       01234567890123456789XXX	     xloadimage	       trailing	       options
       XXX0007"-smooth"0007XXX
       xloadimage trailing options XXX

       Then the	trailing options can be	commented out:
       #define tt_width	4
       #define tt_height 4
       static char tt_bits[] = {
	  0x08,	0x02, 0x04, 0x01};
       /*234567890123456789XXX	      xloadimage	trailing       options
       XXX0007"-smooth"0007XXX
       xloadimage trailing options XXX */

BUGS
       xlito doesn't cope with compressed files. A files will need uncompress-
       ing, the	options	added, and then	compressing again.

				  7 Jul	1993			      XLITO(1)

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