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


           The xsetroot 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).
           -xcf cursorfile cursorsize
                  This  lets  you  change the pointer cursor to one loaded from an
                  Xcursor file as defined by libXcursor, at the specified size.
           -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
           -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), Xcursor(3)


           Mark Lillibridge, MIT Project Athena

    X Version 11 xsetroot 1.1.0 XSETROOT(1)


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