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 icewm-programs - icewm programs configuration file




The programs file is an automatically generated menu configuration file of installed programs. This file should be automatically generated by xdg_menu, wmconfig (Redhat), menu (Debian), or icewm-menu-fdo, perhaps as part of the login or X startup sequence.


The format of the file contains one of the following line syntax:

Specifies a program to execute when the menu item is selected.
Specifies a program to replace the window manager when the menu item is selected. This is for launching other window managers from within icewm(1).
Specifies a program to execute when the menu item is selected; however, if a window of the specified res_name and res_class is present, the program will not be run again.
Specifies a sub-menu. The lines that appear between the braces can be any menu item described here.
Specifies a file from which to collect sub-menu items (lines) and place them at this point in the menu.
Specifies a program that will print sub-menu items on standard output and will be collected and placed in the sub-menu at this point.
Similar to menuprog, but after at least timeout seconds the menu is regenerated.
Read additional entries from the file filename
Read additional entries from the output of program options.
A separator for menu items.


These are literal string keywords.
This is the title string associated with the menu item which is displayed in the menu. When the title contains spaces, the title must be surrounded by double quotes ("""), although the title may always be surrounded by double quotes if preferred.
Is the name of the icon file (with or without extension) or the full path to an icon file.
res_name is the resource name of a window launched by program and res_class is the resource class of the window. Only one of res_name or res_class need be specified. This is used to identify whether the program is already running and is for use with the runonce keyword.
program is the name of the executable or full path to the executable file that will be run in response to selecting the menu item. When used with the menuprog keyword, the program must print on standard output the contents of the menu and is used for dynamic menus.

options is the options and arguments passed to the program verbatim.

filename is the name of the file relative to one of the icewm(1) configuration directories, or the full path to a file. The file is used with the menufile keyword and specifies the file from which to read further menu items.


Following is the example programs file that ships with icewm(1):

 # This file is intended to be customized by the distributions.
 # (they should place it in /etc/X11/icewm)
 # mostly obsolete, fixme
 menu Editors folder {
     prog fte fte fte
     prog vim vim gvim
     prog xemacs xemacs xemacs
     prog emacs emacs emacs
     prog NEdit nedit nedit
     prog xedit xedit xedit
     prog Lyx emacs lyx
 menu "WWW" folder {
     prog Netscape netscape netscape
     prog Mozilla mozilla mozilla
     prog Galeon galeon galeon
     prog Arena arena arena
     prog Lynx lynx xterm -e lynx
     prog Links lynx xterm -e links
 menu "Document Viewers" folder {
     prog "Acrobat Reader" pdf acroread
     prog "DVI Previewer" xdvi xdvi
     prog "Ghostview" ghostview gv
 menu Graphics folder {
     prog Gimp gimp gimp
     prog XV xv xv
     prog XPaint xpaint xpaint
     prog XFig xfig xfig
 menu Games folder {
     prog "Koules for X" koules xkoules -f
     prog Xboing xboing xboing
     prog Xboard xboard xboard
     prog XGalaga xgalaga xgal
     prog XDemineur xdemineur xdemineur
     prog "Tux Racer" tuxracer tuxracer
 menu System folder {
     prog "Control Panel" redhat control-panel
 menu Utilities folder {
     prog XPlayCD xplaycd xplaycd
     prog XMixer xmixer xmixer
     prog Clock xclock xclock
     prog Magnify xmag xmag
     prog Calculator xcalc xcalc
     prog Colormap xcolormap xcmap
     prog Clipboard xclipboard xclipboard
     prog xkill bomb xkill
     prog xload xload xload
     prog xosview xosview xosview
     prog "Screen Saver" xlock xlock -nolock
     prog "Screen Lock" xlock xlock
 menu "Window Managers" folder {
     restart icewm - icewm
     restart metacity - metacity
     restart wmaker - wmaker
     restart fluxbox - fluxbox
     restart blackbox - blackbox
     restart enlightenment - enlightenment
     restart fvwm2 - fvwm2
     restart fvwm - fvwm
     restart sawfish - sawfish
     restart sawfish2 - sawfish2


Locations for the programs file are as follows:


The locations are searched in the order listed; the first file found is read and the remainder ignored.


icewm(1), icewm-menu(5), icewm-menu-fdo(1).


Brian Bidulock <>.


IceWM is licensed under the GNU Library General Public License. See the COPYING file in the distribution.

2023-02-05 icewm 3.3.1