xteddy - cuddly teddy bear for your X Windows desktop.
xteddy [ -wm -float -noquit -nocursor -F<file> ]
[ -geometry WIDTHxHEIGHT+X+Y -display SERVER ]
[ -h --help -v ]
Xteddy is a cuddly teddy bear for your X Windows desktop.
Normally, xteddy just sits around doing nothing. After all, that’s what
teddy bears are for. Look at him, talk to him, place heavy windows on
top of him, zap him around until he becomes dizzy, do what you like; he
will always be your true (albeit virtual) friend.
You can move xteddy with the mouse by pointing at him and dragging him
around. When clicked upon, he will pop up on top of all other windows.
If you type "q" or "Esc" on him, he will exit (or, as I like to think
of it, be tucked away in the file system until you need him next time).
That’s it. But he’s cute.
-wm Use the window manager. Normally, xteddy sets the
override_redirect flag for his window, which will cause most
window managers to ignore him. However, some window managers
might have problems coping with a window that is nailed directly
to the root. In that case, use this option. If possible,
instruct your window manager not to put any title bar or window
frame on the window, or xteddy will lose some of his charm.
-float Float up on top of overlapping windows. This will make xteddy
stay in sight at all times, so you won’t lose him. However, this
is a bit intrusive and quite unlike a real teddy bear, so it is
not the default action.
Disable the "quit" command (do not quit when typing "q" in the
window, but of course still on explicit window kills or process
kills). This might seem an unnecessary option, but if you use
the -wm option Xteddy might keep receiving keyboard events even
after the mouse has left his window. I you use the -wm option in
conjunction with a click-to-type window manager, you would
probably want to include this option.
Disable the X11 cursor over the xteddy window.
-F,-f < file > Display another image instead of xteddy. file can be
the full name of an image file which reasonably should contain a
transparent background. If there is no such file in the current
working directory xteddy searches in
$(installation_prefix) is determined at compile time (for
instance /usr/X11R6). If this fails by default
/usr/share/xteddy is searched. Failing this,
/usr/local/share/xteddy is searched. If there is no such file
in these directories the following appendixes where appended to
the given name: xpm, png, tif, jpg, jpeg, gif and pnm. These
files will be searched in the three directories. If all files
the last try is to append the extensions in upper cases. ’-F’
and ’-f’ are equivalent, and the space in ’-f <file>’ is
If no ‘-F‘ parameter is given file equals to xteddy or more precisely
to the name of the calling program. For instance if there is a symlink
ln -s xteddy xpenguin
then file equals to xpenguin and the appropriate pixmaps with the name
xpenguin are searched for.
The standard X geometry specification. Only X and Y position
requests are honored. Any height and width specifications will
Specify an X server other than the local display.
Print a help message and exit.
-v Print the version number and exit.
The cast of characters is currently: teddy xalex xbobo xbrummi
xcherubino xduck xhedgehog xklitze xnamu xorca xpenguin xpuppy
xruessel xteddy xtrouble.png xtrouble_large xtuxxy.
Stefan Gustavson, ISY-LiTH (email@example.com). Xteddy is distributed
under the GNU General Public License.
The Desktop Manager in Sun CDE (Common Desktop Environment) does not
like xteddy. Xteddy by default does not use the window manager, and so
he shows up as a sticky window on all desktops. If you don’t like this,
and try to circumvent it by running him with the -wm option, move him
by grabbing him by the tummy instead of by the title bar, and then move
him partly off the screen, the image is lost and never redrawn again,
so all you see is a silhouette of a teddy bear. I have no idea why
this happens. If you know, please tell me, and if you can fix it,
please do. If you run CDE on other platforms than Sun, please tell me
if it works for you. CDE does something which xteddy does not handle
properly, and since I have a Sun with CDE myself I would like to know
what the problem is.
For most X servers, the -float option does not work properly if xteddy
is moved partially off the screen. This is the X server’s fault, not
If two copies of xteddy are placed so they overlap, and both were run
with the -float option, the X server will try to put each on top of the
other in an endless loop, which looks very bad and takes a lot of CPU
Xteddy does not make use of the X resource database. I just didn’t get
around to that.
Please send bug reports, fixes, suggestions, fan mail or or hacks to: