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       gxmessage - a GTK-based xmessage clone


       gxmessage [OPTIONS] message ...
       gxmessage [OPTIONS] -file FILENAME


       gxmessage opens a window to display a message obtained from the command line, from a file,
       or from stdin. The window includes a row of buttons, each of which causes the  program  to
       exit with a different return code.

       The GNU Info entry for gxmessage contains detailed information and examples.


       gxmessage  accepts  any  option  xmessage  would, although some (such as -bw and -xrm) are
       silently ignored.

       -bg COLOR
              Sets the  background  color  of  the  message  to  COLOR.  Examples:  red,  "#c90",

       -buttons BUTTON_LIST
              Defines  the  buttons  to  be  created.  BUTTON_LIST  is  a comma-separated list of
              LABEL:VALUE pairs, one for each button. The LABEL is the text that appears  on  the
              button. The VALUE (0..255) is the code the program will exit with if that button is
              pressed. Commas and colons can  be  escaped  using  backslashes  (\).  As  well  as
              ordinary text, the LABEL can specify a GTK "stock" button, like "GTK_STOCK_CANCEL",
              or it can include an underscore (_) to specify a keyboard  accelerator.  If  VALUEs
              are  omitted,  they default to 101, 102, 103, etc., in order. If no -buttons option
              is given, BUTTON_LIST defaults to "okay:0".

                   gxmessage -buttons "Foo:42,Bar:63" "Example"
                   echo $?

                   gxmessage -buttons "_Foo,_Bar" "Example"
                   echo $?

                   gxmessage "Example"
                   echo $?

                   gxmessage -buttons "GTK_STOCK_OK:0" "Example"
                   echo $?

                   gxmessage -buttons "Hello\, world" "Example"

              Opens the gxmessage window in the middle of the screen.

       -default LABEL
              Opens the gxmessage window with input focused on the specified  button.   LABEL  is
              one of the LABELs in BUTTON_LIST (see -buttons, above).

       -display DISPLAY
              Specifies the X display to use.

       -fg COLOR
              Sets the message text color to COLOR.

       -file FILENAME
              Causes  the  named  file to be used as the message source. If a dash (-) is used in
              place of FILENAME, the message will be read from stdin.

       -fn | -font FONT
              Specifies the message font, using GTK's font  specification  system.  For  example,
              -font  "serif  italic  14". (GTK's font system is not compatible with xmessage. See
              the Compatibility section, below, for a workaround.)

       -geometry GEOMETRY
              Sets the window's size and/or position. Examples:

                   -geometry 400x200
                   -geometry 400x200+600+100
                   -geometry +600+100

              Displays basic usage information then exits.

              Opens the gxmessage window in its iconized (minimized) state.

       -name NAME
              Sets the gxmessage window's name to NAME.

              Opens the gxmessage window near the mouse pointer.

              Writes the LABEL of the selected button to stdout.

       -timeout SECONDS
              Automatically closes the gxmessage window with an exit code of 0 if  no  button  is
              pressed  within  SECONDS seconds. (The -entry and -entrytext options cause -timeout
              to be ignored.)

       -title TITLE
              Sets the gxmessage window's title to TITLE.


       The following options are specific to gxmessage and are not compatible with xmessage.

              Opens the gxmessage window without the usual window frame.

       -encoding CHARSET
              Specifies the encoding of the message text. By default, the message text is assumed
              to match the encoding of the current locale.

              Adds  a text entry box to the gxmessage window. When the window closes, any text in
              the entry box will be copied to stdout. This option can't be used at the same  time
              as the -print option.

       -entrytext TEXT
              Same as -entry, but sets the default entry box contents to TEXT.

              Prevents  the window closing if the ESC key is pressed. This option only works if a
              file named /usr/share/gxmessage/allow_noescape exists.

              Prevents the gxmessage window from receiving focus when it opens.

              Attempts to keep the gxmessage window in front of other windows.

              Causes the gxmessage window to appear on all workspaces.

              Displays the program's version number and Copyright details, then exits.

              Causes lines to wrap rather than exceed the width of the window.


       The program's default appearance can be adjusted using GTK resource files.  The main  text
       display  widget  is  named  gxmessage-textview.  The text entry widget is named gxmessage-

            # Example: ~/.gtkrc-2.0

            style "gxmsg" {
                text[NORMAL]   = "#cc9900"
                base[NORMAL]   = "#660000"
                text[SELECTED] = "#660000"
                base[SELECTED] = "#cc9900"
                font_name      = "monospace"
            widget "*.gxmessage-textview" style  "gxmsg"
            widget "*.gxmessage-entry"    style  "gxmsg"


       If a button is pressed, the program returns  the  value  assigned  to  that  button.   The
       default "okay" button returns 0.

       If a timeout event occurs, the program returns 0.

       If  an  error  occurs, or if the window is closed without a button-press or timeout event,
       the program exits with code 1. Pressing the ESC key also causes the program to  exit  with
       code 1.


       Fall back to xmessage if gxmessage isn't available:

            #! /bin/sh
            XMESSAGE=$(which gxmessage) || XMESSAGE=xmessage
            $XMESSAGE "hello, world"

       If you specify fonts, check which program you're using:

            font="monospace 14"
            [ "$XMESSAGE" = xmessage ] && font="fixed"
            $XMESSAGE ${font:+-fn "$font"} "hello, world"

       Don't use double-dashed command line options:

            $XMESSAGE "hello, world" -buttons good
            $XMESSAGE "hello, world" --buttons bad

       Don't use the gxmessage-specific options:

            -entry, -entrytext, -borderless, -wrap,
            -encoding, -nofocus, -noescape, -ontop,
            -sticky, -version, -h, -?


       For  some reason, opening the gxmessage window with no button set to be the default causes
       GTK to emit a "beep" sound.

       If you discover other bugs in the most recent version of gxmessage, please get in touch.


       xmessage(1), zenity(1), dialog(1)

       The GNU Info entry for gxmessage contains detailed information and examples.


       Timothy Musson <>


       Copyright © 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2015 Timothy Richard Musson

       Copying and distribution of  this  file,  with  or  without  modification,  are  permitted
       provided the copyright notice and this notice are preserved.

                                          May 25th, 2015                             GXMESSAGE(1)