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       xsetroot - root window parameter setting utility for X


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


       The xsetroot program  allows  you  to  tailor  the  appearance  of  the
       background   ("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 specified along with other options and  only  the  non-specified
       characteristics 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
              protocol 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
              repeated "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
              background  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
              default  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