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XSET(1)			    General Commands Manual		       XSET(1)

NAME
       xset - user preference utility for X

SYNOPSIS
       xset  [-display display]	[-b] [b	on/off]	[b [volume [pitch [duration]]]
       [[-]bc] [-c] [c on/off] [c [volume]] [[+-]dpms] [dpms standby [ suspend
       [    off]]]    [dpms    force	standby/suspend/off/on]	  [[-+]fp[-+=]
       path[,path[,...]]] [fp default] [fp  rehash]  [[-]led  [integer]]  [led
       on/off]	 [m[ouse]   [accel_mult[/accel_div]   [threshold]]]   [m[ouse]
       default]	[p pixel color]	[[-]r [keycode]]  [r  on/off]  [r  rate	 delay
       [rate]]	[s [length [period]]] [s blank/noblank]	[s expose/noexpose] [s
       on/off] [s default] [s activate]	[s reset] [q]

DESCRIPTION
       This program is used to set various user	preference options of the dis-
       play.

OPTIONS
       -display	display
	       This option specifies the server	to use;	see X(7).

       b       The  b  option  controls	bell volume, pitch and duration.  This
	       option accepts up to three numerical  parameters,  a  preceding
	       dash(-),	 or  a	'on/off' flag.	If no parameters are given, or
	       the 'on'	flag is	used, the system defaults will	be  used.   If
	       the  dash  or 'off' are given, the bell will be turned off.  If
	       only one	numerical parameter is given, the bell volume will  be
	       set  to	that value, as a percentage of its maximum.  Likewise,
	       the second numerical parameter specifies	 the  bell  pitch,  in
	       hertz, and the third numerical parameter	specifies the duration
	       in milliseconds.	 Note that not all hardware can	vary the  bell
	       characteristics.	  The X	server will set	the characteristics of
	       the bell	as closely as it can to	the user's specifications.

       bc      The bc option controls bug compatibility	mode in	the server, if
	       possible;  a preceding dash(-) disables the mode, otherwise the
	       mode is enabled.	 Various pre-R4	clients	pass illegal values in
	       some  protocol  requests,  and pre-R4 servers did not correctly
	       generate	errors in these	cases.	Such clients, when run against
	       an  R4  server,	will terminate abnormally or otherwise fail to
	       operate correctly.  Bug compatibility mode explicitly  reintro-
	       duces certain bugs into the X server, so	that many such clients
	       can still be run.  This mode should  be	used  with  care;  new
	       application development should be done with this	mode disabled.
	       The server must	support	 the  MIT-SUNDRY-NONSTANDARD  protocol
	       extension in order for this option to work.

       c       The  c  option  controls	 key  click.   This option can take an
	       optional	value, a preceding dash(-), or an 'on/off'  flag.   If
	       no  parameter  or  the  'on' flag is given, the system defaults
	       will be used. If	the dash or 'off' flag is used,	keyclick  will
	       be  disabled.  If a value from 0	to 100 is given, it is used to
	       indicate	volume,	as a percentage	of the maximum.	 The X	server
	       will  set the volume to the nearest value that the hardware can
	       support.

       -dpms   The -dpms option	disables DPMS (Energy Star) features.

       +dpms   The +dpms option	enables	DPMS (Energy Star) features.

       dpms flags...
	       The dpms	option allows the DPMS (Energy Star) parameters	to  be
	       set.   The option can take up to	three numerical	values,	or the
	       `force' flag followed by	 a  DPMS  state.   The	`force'	 flags
	       forces the server to immediately	switch to the DPMS state spec-
	       ified.  The DPMS	state can  be  one  of	`standby',  `suspend',
	       `off',  or `on'.	 When numerical	values are given, they set the
	       inactivity period (in units of seconds) before the three	 modes
	       are  activated.	 The  first  value  given is for the `standby'
	       mode, the second	is for the `suspend' mode, and	the  third  is
	       for  the	 `off'	mode.  Setting these values implicitly enables
	       the DPMS	features.  A value of zero disables a particular mode.

       fp= path,...
	       The fp= sets the	font path to the entries  given	 in  the  path
	       argument.   The	entries	 are interpreted by the	server,	not by
	       the client.  Typically they are directory names or font	server
	       names, but the interpretation is	server-dependent.

       fp default
	       The  default  argument  causes the font path to be reset	to the
	       server's	default.

       fp rehash
	       The rehash argument resets the font path	to its current	value,
	       causing	the server to reread the font databases	in the current
	       font path.  This	is generally only used when adding  new	 fonts
	       to  a  font  directory (after running mkfontdir to recreate the
	       font database).

       -fp or fp-
	       The -fp and fp- options remove elements from the	 current  font
	       path.   They  must  be  followed	 by  a comma-separated list of
	       entries.

       +fp or fp+
	       This +fp	and fp+	options	prepend	and  append  elements  to  the
	       current	font  path,  respectively.  They must be followed by a
	       comma-separated list of entries.

       led     The led option controls the keyboard LEDs.  This	 controls  the
	       turning	on  or	off  of	one or all of the LEDs.	 It accepts an
	       optional	integer, a preceding dash(-) or	an 'on/off' flag.   If
	       no parameter or the 'on'	flag is	given, all LEDs	are turned on.
	       If a preceding dash or the flag 'off' is	given,	all  LEDs  are
	       turned  off.   If  a  value between 1 and 32 is given, that LED
	       will be turned on or off	depending on the existence of  a  pre-
	       ceding  dash.   A  common  LED  which  can be controlled	is the
	       ``Caps Lock'' LED.  ``xset  led	3''  would  turn  led  #3  on.
	       ``xset  -led  3'' would turn it off.  The particular LED	values
	       may refer to different LEDs on different	hardware.

       m       The m option controls the mouse parameters.  The	parameters for
	       the mouse are `acceleration' and	`threshold'.  The acceleration
	       can be specified	as an integer, or as a simple  fraction.   The
	       mouse, or whatever pointer the machine is connected to, will go
	       `acceleration' times as fast when it travels more than `thresh-
	       old'  pixels  in	a short	time.  This way, the mouse can be used
	       for precise alignment when it is	moved slowly, yet  it  can  be
	       set  to	travel	across the screen in a flick of	the wrist when
	       desired.	 One or	both parameters	for the	m option can be	 omit-
	       ted,  but  if  only one is given, it will be interpreted	as the
	       acceleration.  If no parameters or the flag 'default' is	 used,
	       the system defaults will	be set.

       p       The  p  option controls pixel color values.  The	parameters are
	       the color map entry number in decimal, and a  color  specifica-
	       tion.   The  root  background  colors  may  be  changed on some
	       servers by altering the entries for BlackPixel and  WhitePixel.
	       Although	 these	are  often 0 and 1, they need not be.  Also, a
	       server may choose to allocate those colors privately, in	 which
	       case  an	 error will be generated.  The map entry must not be a
	       read-only color,	or an error will result.

       r       The r option controls the autorepeat.  If a preceding  dash  or
	       the  'off'  flag	 is  used, autorepeat will be disabled.	 If no
	       parameters or  the  'on'	 flag  is  used,  autorepeat  will  be
	       enabled.	  If  a	 specific keycode is specified as a parameter,
	       autorepeat for that keycode is enabled  or  disabled.   If  the
	       server  supports	 the XFree86-Misc extension, or	the XKB	exten-
	       sion, then a parameter of 'rate'	is accepted and	should be fol-
	       lowed  by  zero,	one or two numeric values. The first specifies
	       the delay before	autorepeat starts and the second specifies the
	       repeat  rate.   In  the	case  that the server supports the XKB
	       extension, the delay  is	 the  number  of  milliseconds	before
	       autorepeat  starts,  and	 the rate is the number	of repeats per
	       second.	If the rate or delay is	not given, it will be  set  to
	       the default value.

	       Example:	 The  following	command	will set the delay to 200 mil-
	       liseconds and the repeat	rate to	10 per second:

		   xset	r rate 200 10

       s       The s option lets you set the screen  saver  parameters.	  This
	       option	 accepts   up	to   two   numerical   parameters,   a
	       'blank/noblank' flag, an	'expose/noexpose'  flag,  an  'on/off'
	       flag,  an  'activate/reset' flag, or the	'default' flag.	 If no
	       parameters or the 'default' flag	is used, the  system  will  be
	       set  to its default screen saver	characteristics.  The 'on/off'
	       flags simply turn the screen saver functions on	or  off.   The
	       'activate'  flag	 forces	activation of screen saver even	if the
	       screen saver had	been turned  off.   The	 'reset'  flag	forces
	       deactivation of screen saver if it is active.  The 'blank' flag
	       sets the	preference to blank the	video (if the hardware can  do
	       so)  rather  than display a background pattern, while 'noblank'
	       sets the	preference to display a	pattern	rather than blank  the
	       video.	The  'expose' flag sets	the preference to allow	window
	       exposures (the server  can  freely  discard  window  contents),
	       while  'noexpose'  sets	the preference to disable screen saver
	       unless the server can regenerate	the  screens  without  causing
	       exposure	 events.   The	length	and  period parameters for the
	       screen saver function determines	how long the  server  must  be
	       inactive	 for  screen  saving  to  activate,  and the period to
	       change the background pattern to	avoid burn in.	The  arguments
	       are  specified  in seconds.  If only one	numerical parameter is
	       given, it will be used for the length.

       q       The q option gives you information on the current settings.

       These settings will be reset to default values when you log out.

       Note that not all X implementations are	guaranteed  to	honor  all  of
       these options.

SEE ALSO
       X(7), Xserver(1), xmodmap(1), xrdb(1), xsetroot(1)

AUTHOR
       Bob Scheifler, MIT Laboratory for Computer Science
       David Krikorian,	MIT Project Athena (X11	version)
       XFree86-Misc support added by David Dawes and Joe Moss

XFree86				 Version 4.7.0			       XSET(1)

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