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Date:      Sat, 28 Mar 1998 15:58:48 -0700 (MST)
From:      Brett Taylor <>
To:        CerealMaN <>
Cc:        freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.ORG
Subject:   Re: xfree86
Message-ID:  <>
In-Reply-To: <000101bd5a2b$e4811400$40452599@default>

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Howdy again,

On Sat, 28 Mar 1998, CerealMaN wrote:
> Can someone tell me a few of the simple commands in Xfree86 3.3.1. such as
> how to change the font, or the background or anything that is very cool...

There's nothing native (that I recall) that can set the background to
anything other than a color.  If you have pixmaps or gifs/jpegs xli or xv
will allow you to set the background.  This should be done in your
.(windowmanagerrc) or maybe even a .xsession/.xinitrc.  I always do this
from the window manager rc file - for instance from my .steprc (for

Exec   "I"     exec xv -root -quit -rmode 0 background_pics/f50front.jpg

You wouldn't use all of this unless you're using AfterStep-1.0 (things
have changed in the later versions).  You could probably (I can't recall
now) just use the part w/xv and on.  You'll need to install either xv or
xli - go to /usr/ports/graphics and do a make install on one of them.

xfontsel allows you to choose fonts.


Brett Taylor

When you wake up in the morning
With the blues in your fingertips
Get out that ol' guitar and play
It's the only way to scratch that itch

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