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       sm - Displays a short text fullscreen


       sm [ OPTIONS ] [ text | - ]


       Screen Message  will  display  a given multi-line message as large as possible, fullscreen
       and black on white. You can specify the text either when launching sm, or  edit  it  while
       the program is running.

       After  a short timeout, the text entry and the quit button will disappear, leaving nothing
       on the screen but the entered text. To  continue  entering  text,  just  start  typing  or
       (left-)click anywhere on the screen.

       To clear the displayed text, press Escape.

       To quit the program, press Ctrl-Q, or Escape twice, or click the "Quit"-button.


       [ text | - ]
              Text  to  display  at  start up. Defaults to ":-)". If "-" is passed to sm, it will
              read the text to display from the standard input, see REMOTE CONTROLLING SM.

       -f, --foreground=colordesc
              Define a different color to use for the foreground of  the  text  to  display  than
              black.  The  text  string can be in any of the forms accepted by XParseColor; these
              include  name  for  a  color  from  rgb.txt,  such  as  DarkSlateGray,  or  a   hex
              specification such as #3050b2 or #35b.

       -b, --background=colordesc
              Define  a  different  color  to  use for the background of the text to display than
              white. For possible values, see above.

       -n, --font=fontspec
              Define a different font to use than the default sans-serif font of your system. The
              fontspec be the complete name for a truetype font (like "DejaVu Sans" or "Bitstream
              Vera Serif") or just a short font family specification ("serif", "sans-serif").

       -r, --rotate=rotation
              Rotates the display by rotation*90 degrees counter-clock-wise. So -r 1 rotates  the
              display to the left, and -r 2 puts it upside down.

       -a, --align=alignment
              Aligns the text centered (-a 0), left (-a 1) or right (-a 2).

       --     (Double  dash)  End  option  parsing. This is used to be able to actually hand over
              text that starts of with an dash.

       -h, --help
              This option will give you a short usage message summarizing the recognized  options
              and quits.

       -V, --version
              This prints the project name together with its version number quits.


       If  sm is called with - as a command line argument, it will read the text to be shown from
       the standard input. It will read the input until it reaches the end of the  file,  or  the
       line  feed character \f, and show the input read so far at once. Newline characters at the
       beginning or the end are ignored. The input is assumed to be UTF-8 encoded (see utf8(7)).

       This can be used to create automatic displays of changing  data  or  similar  tricks.  For
       example, the following command will create a simple digital watch:

       (while sleep 1; do date +%T; echo -e '\f'; done) | sm -


       This manual page was written by Joachim Breitner <> and updated by
       Gerfried Fuchs <> to reflect additions for commandline option handling.

                                        November 24, 2012                                   SM(6)