Section: User Commands (1)
Updated: libXpm 3.5.12
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sxpm - Show an XPM (X PixMap) file and/or convert XPM 1 or 2 files to XPM 3.  


sxpm [-d displayname] [-g geometry] [-hints] [-icon filename] [-plaid | filename | -] [-o filename | -o -] [-pcmap] [-closecolors] [-nod] [-nom] [-mono | -grey4 | -grey | -color] [-sc symbol color] [-sp symbol pixel] [-cp color pixel] [-rgb filename] [-v]  


The sxpm program can be used to view any XPM (version 1, 2, or 3) file and/or to convert a file from XPM1 or XPM2 to XPM version 3. If sxpm is run with any dummy option specified, the usage is displayed. If no geometry is specified, the show window will have the size of the read pixmap. Pressing the key Q in the window will quit the program.  


-d display
Specifies the display to connect to.
-g geom
Window geometry (default is pixmap's size).
Set ResizeInc for window.
-icon filename
Set icon to pixmap created from the file filename.
Show the plaid pixmap which is stored as data.
Read from the file filename and from standard input if filename is '-'. If no input is specified sxpm reads from standard input.
-o filename
Write to the file filename (overwrite if it already exists) and to standard output if filename is '-'.
Use the colors specified for a monochrome visual.
Use the colors specified for a 4 color greyscale visual.
Use the colors specified for a greyscale visual.
Use the colors specified for a color visual.
Use a private colormap.
Try to use "close colors" before reverting to other visuals.
Do not display the pixmap in a window. (Useful when using as converter)
Do not use the clipmask if there is any.
-sc symbol colorname
Override default color to symbol to colorname.
-sp symbol pixelvalue
Override default color to symbol to pixelvalue.
-cp colorname pixelvalue
Override default color to colorname to pixelvalue.
-rgb filename
Search color names in the file filename and write them out instead of the rgb values.
Verbose - to print out extensions (stderr).



Some window managers may not accept a pixmap which is not a bitmap as icon because this does not respect ICCCM, many of the well known ones will accept it though.



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Bull Research France
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