fvwm-menu-xlock - builds xlock menu definition for fvwm



fvwm−menu−xlock − builds xlock menu definition for fvwm


fvwm-menu-xlock [ −−help|−h|−? ] [ −−version|−V ] [ −−name|−n name ] [ −−title|−t title ] [ −−item format ] [ −−icon−title icon ] [ −−icon−item icon ] [ −−special−first|−s ] [ -- xlock params ]


A simple perl script which parses xlock’s output to build an fvwm menu definition of all xlock’s modes.



show the help and exit


show the version and exit

−−name name

define menu name in the following argument. Default is "XLockMenu"

−−title title

define menu title in the following argument. Default is "XLock Modes".

−−item format

define menu item format in the following argument, default is ’%n\t(%d)’. TAB can be specified as ’\t’, but in .fvwm2rc you should specify a double backslash or a real TAB .

Format specifiers:

%n − mode name
%d − mode description
%D − mode description without "Shows " prefix if any

These specifiers can receive an optional integer size, positive for right adjusted string or negative for left adjusted, example: %8x; and optional *num or *−num, which means to leave only the first or last (if minus) num of chars, the num must be greater than 3, since the striped part is replaced with "...", example: %*30x. Both can be combined: %−10*−20x, this instructs to get only the 20 last characters, but if the length is less then 10 − to fill with up to 10 spaces on the right.

−−icon−title icon

define menu icon for title and regular item accordingly. Default is no menu icons (equivalent to an empty icon argument).


define icon names suitable for use with wm-icons package. Currently this is equivalent to: −−icon−title ’’ −−icon−item menu/lock.xpm.


instructs to include special modes (usually black, bomb and random) first.

Option parameters can be specified either using ’=’ or in the next argument. Short options are ok if not ambiguous: −h, −t; but be careful with short options, what is now unambiguous, can became ambiguous in the next versions.

Additional arguments (after −−) will be passed to xlock.

Please see the xlock(1) man page for the xlock options.


Add these lines to your fvwm configuration file:

PipeRead 'fvwm−menu−xlock −−name MenuSSaver −−title "Screensaver" \
−−icon−item mini−bball.xpm −−special−first −− −nice 19 −nolock'
PipeRead 'fvwm−menu−xlock −−name MenuSLock −−title "Lock Screen" \
−−icon−item mini−rball.xpm −−special−first −− −nice 19'
AddToMenu "Utilities" "Screensaver%mini−monitor.xpm%" Popup MenuSSaver
AddToMenu "Utilities" "Screenlock%mini−lock.xpm%" Popup MenuSLock


Charles K. Hines <[email protected]>, initial version.

Mikhael Goikhman <[email protected]>, from 24 Feb 1999.


The script is distributed by the same terms as fvwm itself. See GNU General Public License for details.


Depends on the output of xlock. Will produce an empty menu if the structure of the output is changed.

Report bugs to fvwm−[email protected].

Updated 2024-01-29 - jenkler.se | uex.se