Subject: Re: X Mice, buttons, etc.
To: Erik Vogan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Space Case <email@example.com>
Date: 02/08/1995 21:08:13
On Feb 8, 11:27pm, Erik Vogan wrote:
> I'll admit it, I'm a novice X user (at best), so I just expected
>to type startX, and that it would come up all nice and pretty. Here's
>what I get:
> A hatched background, and a single console window.
> Pressing the mouse button (standard Apple ADB mouse), or either
>of the 2nd and 3rd button equivalents (option --> and option <--) does
>nothing. I can type commands into the console (like xclock), but they
>always come up in the upper left hand corner of the window, in front of
>the console. At this point I can't regain use of the console until I
>control-c out of whatever I ran.
> I get the X cursor over the background, and the arrow cursor
>(with text input ability) when I'm over the console, but I can't get
First -- you need to run a window manager to get resize handles and a title
bar. There is one included: twm.
Next -- to run applications and get your prompt back, you need to append an
ampersand (&) to the command. Thus:
Last -- you can position things on the window, and specify their size, by
using the -geometry flag to the command. -geometry takes an argument of
the form XSIZExYSIZE+XPOSITION+YPOSITION. XPOSITION and YPOSITION can be
negative (replace the + with a -) in which case the position is measured
from the right or bottom of the screen, respectively. You can specify
XSIZExYSIZE or +XPOSITION+YPOSITION by themselves. The keyword -geometry
can be abbreviated, so long as it is unique. Thus:
xclock -geom 50x50-1+1 & puts a 50x50 xclock in the upper right corner
xterm -geom 12x60-1-1 & puts a 12 line by 60 column xterm in the
lower right corner
xterm -geom +1-1 & puts a standard xterm in the lower left corner
Hope this helps,
Steven R. Allen - firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.eskimo.com/~wormey/
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