xteddy - cuddly teddy bear for your X Windows desktop.
[ -wm -float -noquit -nocursor -F<file>
[ -geometry WIDTHxHEIGHT+X+Y -display SERVER
[ -h --help -v
is a cuddly teddy bear for your X Windows desktop.
just sits around doing nothing. After all, that's what
teddy bears are for. Look at him, talk to him, place heavy windows on top of
him, zap him around until he becomes dizzy, do what you like; he will always
be your true (albeit virtual) friend.
You can move xteddy
with the mouse by pointing at him and dragging him
around. When clicked upon, he will pop up on top of all other windows. If you
type "q" or "Esc" on him, he will exit (or, as I like to
think of it, be tucked away in the file system until you need him next time).
That's it. But he's cute.
- Use the window manager. Normally, xteddy sets the
override_redirect flag for his window, which will cause most window
managers to ignore him. However, some window managers might have problems
coping with a window that is nailed directly to the root. In that case,
use this option. If possible, instruct your window manager not to put any
title bar or window frame on the window, or xteddy will lose some
of his charm.
- Float up on top of overlapping windows. This will make
xteddy stay in sight at all times, so you won't lose him. However,
this is a bit intrusive and quite unlike a real teddy bear, so it is not
the default action.
- Disable the "quit" command (do not quit when
typing "q" in the window, but of course still on explicit window
kills or process kills). This might seem an unnecessary option, but if you
use the -wm option Xteddy might keep receiving keyboard events even
after the mouse has left his window. I you use the -wm option in
conjunction with a click-to-type window manager, you would probably want
to include this option.
- Disable the X11 cursor over the xteddy window.
- < file > Display another image instead of
xteddy. file can be the full name of an image file which
reasonably should contain a transparent background. If there is no such
file in the current working directory xteddy searches in
$(installation_prefix)/share/xteddy, where $(installation_prefix) is
determined at compile time (for instance /usr/X11R6). If this fails by
default /usr/share/xteddy is searched. Failing this,
/usr/local/share/xteddy is searched. If there is no such file in these
directories the following appendixes where appended to the given name:
xpm, png, tif, jpg, jpeg, gif and pnm. These files will be searched in the
three directories. If all files the last try is to append the extensions
in upper cases. '-F' and '-f' are equivalent, and the space in '-f
<file>' is optional.
If no `-F` parameter is given file
equals to xteddy
precisely to the name of the calling program. For instance if there is a
equals to xpenguin
and the appropriate pixmaps with the
are searched for.
- The standard X geometry specification. Only X and Y
position requests are honored. Any height and width specifications will be
- Specify an X server other than the local display.
- -h, --help
- Print a help message and exit.
- Print the version number and exit.
The cast of characters is currently: teddy xalex xbobo xbrummi xcherubino xduck
xhedgehog xklitze xnamu xorca xpenguin xpuppy xruessel xteddy xtrouble.png
Stefan Gustavson, ISY-LiTH (firstname.lastname@example.org). Xteddy
under the GNU General Public License.
The Desktop Manager in Sun CDE (Common Desktop Environment) does not like
xteddy. Xteddy by default does not use the window manager, and so he shows up
as a sticky window on all desktops. If you don't like this, and try to
circumvent it by running him with the -wm option, move him by grabbing him by
the tummy instead of by the title bar, and then move him partly off the
screen, the image is lost and never redrawn again, so all you see is a
silhouette of a teddy bear. I have no idea why this happens. If you know,
please tell me, and if you can fix it, please do. If you run CDE on other
platforms than Sun, please tell me if it works for you. CDE does something
which xteddy does not handle properly, and since I have a Sun with CDE myself
I would like to know what the problem is.
For most X servers, the -float option does not work properly if xteddy is moved
partially off the screen. This is the X server's fault, not mine.
If two copies of xteddy
are placed so they overlap, and both were run
with the -float
option, the X server will try to put each on top of the
other in an endless loop, which looks very bad and takes a lot of CPU power.
does not make use of the X resource database. I just didn't get
around to that.
Please send bug reports, fixes, suggestions, fan mail or or hacks to: