Cheap web site hosting service by

 Back to Index


fvwm-menu-xlock - builds xlock menu definition for FVWM


fvwm-menu-xlock [ --help|-h ] [ --version|-v ] [ --name|-n name ] [ --title|-t title ] [ --item format ] [ --icon-title icon ] [ --icon-item icon ] [ --special-first|-s ] [ -- xlock params ]


A simple perl script which parses xlock's output to build an fvwm 2.xx menu definition of all xlock's modes.


--help - show the help and exit

--version - show the version and exit

--name name - define menu name in the following argument. Default is "XLockMenu"

--title title - define menu title in the following argument. Default is "XLock Modes".

--item format - define menu item format in the following argument, default is '%n\t(%d)'. TAB can be specified as '\t', but in fvwmrc you should specify a double backslash or a real TAB.

Format specifiers: %n - mode name %d - mode description %D - mode description without "Shows " prefix if any

These specifiers can receive an optional integer size, positive for right adjusted string or negative for left adjusted, example: %8x; and optional *num or *-num, which means to leave only the first or last (if minus) num of chars, the num must be greater than 3, since the striped part is replaced with "...", example: %*30x. Both can be combined: %-10*-20x, this instructs to get only the 20 last characters, but if the length is less then 10 - to fill with up to 10 spaces on the right.

--icon-title, --icon-item - define menu icon for title and regular item accordingly given in the following argument. Default is no menu icons (equivalent to an empty icon argument).

--wm-icons - define icon names suitable for use with wm-icons package. Currently this is equivalent to: --icon-title '' --icon-item menu/lock.xpm.

--special-first - instructs to include special modes (usually black, bomb and random) first.

Option parameters can be specified both using '=' and in the next argument. Short options are ok if not ambiguous: -h, -t; but be careful with short options, what is now unambiguous, can became ambiguous in the next versions.

Additional arguments (after --) will be passed to xlock.

Please see the xlock(1) man page for the xlock options.


Add these lines to your fvwm configuration file:

  PipeRead 'fvwm-menu-xlock --name MenuSSaver --title "Screensaver" \
    --icon-item mini-bball.xpm --special-first -- -nice 19 -nolock'
  PipeRead 'fvwm-menu-xlock --name MenuSLock --title "Lock Screen" \
    --icon-item mini-rball.xpm --special-first -- -nice 19'
  AddToMenu "Utilities" "Screensaver%mini-monitor.xpm%" Popup MenuSSaver
  AddToMenu "Utilities" "Screenlock%mini-lock.xpm%"     Popup MenuSLock  


Charles K. Hines <>, initial version.

Mikhael Goikhman <>, from 24 Feb 1999.


The script is distributed by the same terms as fvwm itself. See GNU General Public License for details.


Depends on the output of xlock. Will produce an empty menu if the structure of the output is changed.

Report bugs to




Cheap domain name:
Domain name services from just
$8.95/year only

Register domain name search -
Buy domain name registration and cheap domain transfer at low, affordable price.

2002-2004 Web Site Hosting Service


[ It reminds me of the claim that Americans built the first computer... It depends on what properties are necessary for a device to be classed as a computer: That it's electronic? That it has Randomly Accessible Memory? That it operates on a stored program? I am tempted to suggest that one of the requirements implicit in some people's lists is that it was built in America.   ]



Disclaimer: This documentation is provided only for the benefits of our web hosting customers.
For authoritative source of the documentation, please refer to