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xwatchwin(1)		    General Commands Manual		  xwatchwin(1)

NAME
       xwatchwin - watch a window on another X server

SYNOPSIS
       xwatchwin [-v] [-u UpdateTime] DisplayName { -w WindowID	| WindowName }

DESCRIPTION
       xwatchwin  allows  you to peek at a window on another X server.	To use
       it, you must specify the	display	name of	the machine you	want to	watch,
       then the	name of	the window on that machine.  Xwatchwin will attempt to
       connect with the	X server hostname:0.0, and if successful, will try  to
       retrieve	a copy of the window in	which you specified interest.

       You  may	 specify the window you	want to	watch either by	name or	by its
       window id, usually a hexidecimal	number.	 Usually specifying the	window
       by name is simpler, although not	all windows have names associated with
       them; in	that case you must use the window id option.

       If the window you want to watch is not in a viewable  state,  xwatchwin
       will  tell  you so and exit.  If	while you are watching a window	it be-
       comes 'unviewable', xwatchwin will wait until the window	becomes	'view-
       able' again.

       xwatchwin  was  written as an aid to a class for	people learning	to use
       X.  The idea is that the	instructor would type into an xterm window  on
       his/her	display	 and  the students would use xwatchwin to see what the
       instructor typed.  The students could then type the same	thing in their
       own terminal windows.  Hopefully	others will find equally (if not more)
       constructive uses.

OPTIONS
       -u updatetime
	       This option specifies how often (in seconds) you	want to	get  a
	       new  copy  of  the  window  you're watching.  It	is in effect a
	       'sample rate'.  By default, xwatchwin updates your copy of  the
	       window  as  often  as it	can.  The time it takes	to actually do
	       the update is dependent on the speed of the X  server  on  both
	       machines,  the speed of the intervening network,	and other fac-
	       tors.

       -w windowID
	       This option specifies the window	you want to watch  by  number,
	       for  example,  "0x50000b".  Use the xlswins(1) command to get a
	       list of window id's and possibly	 their	names  on  the	remote
	       server.

	       You  must  specify  a  window to	watch either by	name or	by id.
	       Specifying a window to watch by name is usually easier  if  you
	       know what you're	looking	for.

EXAMPLES
       If  there  is  an  X server on the remote machine "crow"	and if on that
       server there is a window	called "X Terminal Emulator",  you  can	 watch
       that window by typing

       xwatchwin crow X	Terminal Emulator

       If  there is a window on	"crow" that has	no name	but has	a window id of
       "0x50000b", you can watch it by typing

       xwatchwin -w 0x50000b crow

       If you want to get new copies of	a window only every  30	 seconds,  you
       can do so by typing

       xwatchwin -u 30 -w 0x50000b crow

SEE ALSO
       xlswins(1), xwininfo(1),	xdpyinfo(1),

BUGS
       xwatchwin  doesn't  support the -display	option.	 You must set the dis-
       play on which the xwatchwin window is created by	changing your  DISPLAY
       environment variable.

       If  the	window you're watching is resized while	xwatchwin is getting a
       new copy	of that	window,	the program will crash.	 The smaller your  up-
       date interval, the more likely you are to experience this bug (although
       it hasn't happened all that often to me).

       xwatchwin can now deal with two displays	of different depths.  There is
       special-case  code for the conversions between 1-bit displays and 8-bit
       displays	(either	direction) which may garble  the  image	 on  some  ma-
       chines.	The general case code should work on anything, albeit somewhat
       more slowly.  One note: ABSOLUTELY no attempt is	made to	make the  col-
       ors  match  up.	 If  you're  on	a 5-bit	display, and you're monitoring
       someone elses 8-bit display, the	conversion just	takes his 8  bits  and
       chops the top 3 bits off, and puts it on	the screen.  Maybe in the next
       version...

COPYRIGHTS
       Copyright 1992 -	1995, Q. Alex Zhao

       Copyright 1989, George D. Drapeau

AUTHORS
       Light-weight version by Q. Alex Zhao azhao@cc.gatech.edu.

       Display	 depth	  conversion	code	added	 by    John    Bradley
       bradley@cis.upenn.edu.

       Original	 version  by  George D.	Drapeau, Stanford University, Academic
       Information  Resources  /  Systems  Development,	 drapeau@jessica.stan-
       ford.edu.

Georgia	Tech			  28 Dec 1995			  xwatchwin(1)

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