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X Window System servers run on computers with
bitmap displays. The server distributes user input to and accepts output
requests from various client programs through a variety of different interprocess
communication channels. Although the most common case is for the client
programs to be running on the same machine as the server, clients can be
run transparently from other machines (including machines with different
architectures and operating systems) as well.
X supports overlapping hierarchical subwindows and text
and graphics operations, on both monochrome and color displays. For a full
explanation of the functions that are available, see the Xlib -
Interface manual, the XWindow SystemProtocol specification,
the XToolkit Intrinsics -
manual, and various toolkit documents.
The number of programs that use
X is quite large.
Programs provided in the core MIT distribution include:
a terminal emulator (xterm),
a window manager (twm),
a display manager (xdm),
a console redirect program (xconsole),
mail managing utilities (xmh and xbiff),
a manual page browser (xman), a bitmap editor
a resource editor (editres),
a ditroff previewer (xditview),
access control programs (xauth and xhost),
user preference setting programs (xrdb, xcmsdb,
a load monitor (xload),
clocks (xclock and oclock),
a font displayer (xfd),
utilities for listing information about fonts, windows,
and displays (xlsfonts,
xdpyinfo, and xprop),
a diagnostic for seeing what events are generated and
when (xev), screen image manipulation utilities (xwd, xwud,
xpr, and xmag),
and various demos (xeyes, ico, xgc,
etc.). Many other utilities, window managers, games, toolkits, etc. are
included as user-contributed software in the MIT distribution, or are available
using anonymous ftp on the Internet.
See your site administrator for details.
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