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xtermcontrol enables dynamic control of XFree86 xterm properties. It makes it easy to change colors, titles, fonts, and the geometry of a running xterm, as well as to report the current settings of the properties. Window manipulations such as (de)iconify, raise and lower, maximize and restore, and reset are also supported. It also lets advanced users issue any xterm control sequence.

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Recent releases

  •  05 May 2013 13:49

    Release Notes: This release marks a major version bump because the strategy of when a configuration file is read has changed. Now xtermcontrol only reads the ~/.xtermcontrol file if run without options, or if specifically requested by the --file option. This release also prevents the terminal from becoming unresponsive when attempting to report the current setting of a unsupported or disallowed property.

    •  16 Oct 2009 22:06

      Release Notes: This release adds a more elaborate troubleshooting note that xterm resources allowWindowOps, allowTitleOps, and allowFontOps should be set true, to allow xtermcontrol to use extended window control sequences, and avoid instances where it hangs. Compiler warnings have been fixed..

      •  03 Sep 2007 21:04

        Release Notes: This release adds a troubleshooting note that xterm resource allowWindowOps should be set true, to allow xtermcontrol to use extended window control sequences, and avoid that it hangs.

        •  04 Feb 2006 02:17

          Release Notes: This release fixes the configuration parser so the '#rrggbb' method of specifying a color works.

          •  22 Dec 2004 23:05

            Release Notes: All dependencies on Xlib have been removed.

            Recent comments

            08 May 2002 22:47 slumos


            See also xtctl (, which is a simple Bourne shell script that does this plus a whole lot more.



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