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XSETROOT(1)		    General Commands Manual		   XSETROOT(1)

       xsetroot	- root window parameter	setting	utility	for X

       xsetroot	 [-help]  [-def]  [-display display] [-cursor cursorfile mask-
       file] [-cursor_name cursorname] [-bitmap	filename] [-mod	x  y]  [-gray]
       [-grey] [-fg color] [-bg	color] [-rv] [-solid color] [-name string]

       The  setroot  program  allows you to tailor the appearance of the back-
       ground ("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 spec-
       ified  along with other options and only	the non-specified characteris-
       tics will be reset to the default state.

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

       The various options are as follows:

       -help  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 pro-
	      tocol  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 pictures) using the
	      bitmap(1)	program.  The entire background	will be	made up	of re-
	      peated "tiles" of	the bitmap.

       -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

       -gray  Make the entire background gray.	(Easier	on the eyes.)

       -grey  Make the entire background grey.

       -fg color
	      Use ``color'' as the foreground  color.	Foreground  and	 back-
	      ground  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 servers.

       -name string
	      Set the name of the root window to ``string''.  There is no  de-
	      fault 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(7).

       X(7), xset(1), xrdb(1)

       Mark Lillibridge, MIT Project Athena

XFree86				 Version 4.5.0			   XSETROOT(1)


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