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xconsole – monitor system console messages with X


xconsole [-toolkitoption …] [-file file-name] [-notify] [-stripNon‐
print] [-daemon] [-verbose] [-exitOnFail]


The xconsole program displays messages which are usually sent to


Xconsole accepts all of the standard X Toolkit command line options
along with the additional options listed below:

-file file-name
To monitor some other device, use this option to specify the
device name. This does not work on regular files as they are
always ready to be read from.

-notify -nonotify
When new data are received from the console and the notify
option is set, the icon name of the application has ” *”
appended, so that it is evident even when the application is
iconified. -notify is the default.

-daemon This option causes xconsole to place itself in the background,
using fork/exit.

When set, this option directs xconsole to display an informa‐
tive message in the first line of the text buffer.

When set, this option directs xconsole to exit when it is
unable to redirect the console output.

-saveLines count
When set, xconsole only preserves count lines of message his‐
tory instead of growing the text buffer without bound (a count
of zero – the default – is treated as placing no limit on the

This program uses the Athena Text widget, look in the Athena Widget Set
documentation for controlling it.

Xconsole otherwise accepts resources of the same names as the command-
line options (without the leading dash). “file” is a string type,
“saveLines” an integer, and the remaining options are booleans.

In order to specify resources, it is useful to know the hierarchy of
the widgets which compose xconsole. In the notation below, indentation
indicates hierarchical structure. The widget class name is given
first, followed by the widget instance name.

XConsole xconsole
XConsole text

DISPLAY to get the default host and display number.

to get the name of a resource file that overrides the global
resources stored in the RESOURCE_MANAGER property.

specifies required resources


X(7), xrdb(1), Athena Text widget


Keith Packard (MIT X Consortium)

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