The Shell Hacker's Guide to X and Motif: Custom Power Tools and Windows Manager Tricks

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9780471597230: The Shell Hacker's Guide to X and Motif: Custom Power Tools and Windows Manager Tricks

The Shell Hacker’s Guide to X and Motif Written by the highly respected UNIXWorld editor, this practical, hands-on guide shows UNIX users how to effectively manage and customize the X window environment at the window manager level. Requiring only a basic familiarity with UNIX commands and shell script programming in UNIX, The Shell Hacker’s Guide to X and Motif includes numerous utilities for modifying menus, colors and fonts, mouse behavior, and customized windows and keyboards. In addition, it develops numerous utilities for the desktop, using Motif menu functions, X clients, and UNIX shell commands. In a clear, step-by-step fashion, this unique tool:

  • Demonstrates why window manager level remains the optimal level at which to control X
  • Introduces X resources from the X client viewpoint
  • Explains the nuts and bolts of Motif menus, including quick reference to Motif menu functions
  • Presents two fully developed and complete menu shells—one for general purpose Motif and one for Motif on Sun Systems
  • Shows how to combine the power of UNIX with the menu capabilities of Motif to build the ultimate menu system
  • Reveals how to customize the root window and turn it into a solid productivity tool
  • Describes how to maximize the XTerm terminal emulator
  • Offers an optional disk packed with ready-to-implement utilities plus Xmenu—a complete environment for customizing X

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If you want to design better icons or different menus, this book is for you. Clearly explains how power UNIX users can develop utilities that can be used with a variety of desktop systems. The book/disk set presents a complete environment for customizing the X Window system. Features a significant amount of illustrations.

About the Author:

About the author ALAN SOUTHERTON is the Products Review Editor at UNIXWorld magazine. He routinely works with releases of UNIX, the latest UNIX and PC hardware, and new UNIX and X Window System products. His previous books include Modern UNIX, Windows 3.0 Programming Primer, Guide to IBM Interleaf Publisher, Programmer’s Guide to the Presentation Manager, and Advanced Presentation Manager Programming.

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