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Xtitle is a relatively simple shell script program that, when run in an xterm or xterm-like window, will set the window's title and/or icon name to the script's arguments. See the included man page for full details.

Normally, I wouldn't think of packaging and distributing a tool this straightforward, but it snuck out into general usage anyway (thanks to the search engines, I suppose) and was well received. So here it is with a man page, Imakefile and all. Also included is xtctl, a start at a more general interface to xterm control sequences.


Xtitle may be installed either as a regular X11 program or manually in any desired locations, including your home directory.


    The usual routine

    make install
    make clean

    should properly install the xtitle script in your X11 bin directory and the man page file in your X11 man directory.


    You can copy the "" and "" files here into any directory in your PATH, probably named just "xtitle" and "xtctl" then. Make sure the copies are made executable. The "" and/or "xtitle.html" man pages can be installed as/where you desire.

GPL Copyright

Copyright © 1993-2014 Stephen B Kinzler

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program (see the file "COPYING"); if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place, Suite 330, Boston, MA 02111-1307 USA

Software by Steve Kinzler

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A visual shell and CLI shell supplement
Tools to interface web browsers to the Unix user CLI
Set window title and icon name for an X11 terminal window
A convenience frontend for tar, gzip, zip, etc

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March 2014

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