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       dctrl - graphical diald control utility


       /usr/bin/dctrl [-title <title>] [-fifo <fifo-path>] [-host <host> -port
       <port>]  [-i]  [-animated-icon]   [-cw]   [-control-window]   [-iconic]
       [standard X options]


       Dctrl is used to issue control commands to a running diald process, and
       to monitor the current status of the link. The diald process must  have
       been  configured with the "fifo" option in order for dctrl to work. See
       the "diald" and "diald-control" manual pages for further information on
       the  "fifo"  option of diald.  The interface presented by dctrl is very
       simple, and should be easy to understand.


       -title <title>
              Sets the title used for the dctrl window.

       -fifo <fifo-path>
              Tell dctrl where to find the control fifo for the diald  process
              that you wish to control. By default dctrl will use whatever you
              have configured in /etc/diald/diald.options.

       -host <host> -port <port>
              Tell dctrl to connect to the given port on the given host  using
              TCP  rather  than  using  a fifo. It is expected that a diald is
              listening for connections on the port.


              These options both tell dctrl  to  make  the  icon  an  animated
              picture  displaying  a  short  synopsis  of the current state of


              These options both  tell  dctrl  to  construct  a  window  named
              "dctrlIcon" that appears similar to an icon.  This window can be
              swallowed by an AfterStep, Bowman or FVWM module.  For  example,
              an  AfterStep  configuration  line  to  have Wharf swallow dctrl
              might look like:

              *Wharf dctrl   nil   Swallow "dctrlIcon" dctrl -iconic -geometry
              +520+23 -cw &

       Note  that  when  this  option  is  selected, iconifying the main dctrl
       window simply unmaps that window, leaving the  miniature  control  icon
       present.   Pressing button <1> over the control icon will deiconify the
       main dctrl window.

              Tell dctrl to start up in the iconified state.

              The detailed status window is posted at startup.

       -tload The numeric load monitor window is posted at startup.

       -gload The graphical load monitor window is posted at startup.

              The paquet queue window is posted at startup.

       -dlog  The dialing log window is posted at startup.


       fvwm(1), afterstep(1), bowman(1), diald(1),  diald-examples(5),  diald-
       control(5), diald-monitor(5)


       Eric Schenk (


       This  manual  page  is really much too abreviated. There should be more
       discussion about what dctrl will do and how to use it.

                            DIALD 0.99 - 1999.04.06                   DCTRL(1)