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FvwmConsole - an fvwm command input interface


Module FvwmConsole [options]

FvwmConsole can only be invoked by fvwm. Command line invocation of the FvwmConsole
module will not work.


FvwmConsole allows the user to type fvwm configuration commands interactively, and have
them executed immediately. This tool is particularly useful for testing new configuration
ideas, or for implementing temporary changes to your environment.


FvwmConsole must be spawned as a module by fvwm. FvwmConsole takes all xterm(1) options.

FvwmConsole can be invoked by inserting the line 'Module FvwmConsole' in the .fvwm2rc
file. This can be placed on a line by itself, if FvwmConsole is to be spawned during
fvwm's initialization, or can be bound to a menu or mouse button or keystroke to invoke it


FvwmConsole uses xterm(1). All resources set for xterm are inherited unless overridden by
command line options.

Module FvwmConsole -g 40x10 -fg black -bg green3

A different terminal emulator can be specified with the -terminal option. However, only
terminal programs that understand the options -name, -title and -e can be used.

Module FvwmConsole -terminal rxvt

Previous versions of FvwmConsole supported a -e option to choose a different front-end.
Although this option is still provided for backwards compatibility its use is discouraged
unless you know exactly what you are doing.

Module FvwmConsole -e FvwmConsoleC.pl

(see FvwmConsoleC.pl(1)).

Also X resources can be set in your ~/.Xdefaults file:

FvwmConsole*VT100*geometry: 40x4
FvwmConsole*font: 7x14


There are a few options. If the GNU readline library is available, it can be used.

If Perl5 is installed, FvwmConsoleC.pl can be used as a command editor. This can be
accomplished by either copying FvwmConsoleC.pl to fvwmlib directory as FvwmConsoleC or
invoking FvwmConsole with -e option. For example:

Module FvwmConsole -e FvwmConsoleC.pl

If neither one is installed, a simple input reading function which doesn't have editing
capabilities is used.

GNU readline and FvwmConsoleC.pl have some frequent used commands in common as default.
These commands are similar to emacs. For more details, refer GNU readline man and info
pages, and FvwmConsoleC.pl man page.

Ctrl-A - beginning of line
Ctrl-B - previous char
Ctrl-D - delete char
Ctrl-E - end of line
Ctrl-F - next char
Ctrl-H - backspace
Ctrl-K - erase to the end of line
Ctrl-N - next line
Ctrl-P - previous line
Ctrl-R - search reverse
Ctrl-U - delete line
Meta-B - previous word
Meta-F - next word
Esc < - beginning of history
Esc > - end of history


FvwmConsole can be stopped by entering the EOF character (usually CTRL-D).

Note! Do not use the "quit" command, as this is an fvwm builtin: typing "quit" at the
FvwmConsole command line will cause fvwm to exit.

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