xconsole - monitor system console messages with X
xconsole [-toolkitoption ...] [-file file-name] [-notify]
[-stripNonprint] [-daemon] [-verbose] [-exitOnFail]
The xconsole program displays messages which are usually sent to
Xconsole accepts all of the standard X Toolkit command line options along
with the additional options listed below:
- -file file-name
- To monitor some other device, use this option to specify the device name.
This does not work on regular files as they are always ready to be read
- -notify -nonotify
- When new data are received from the console and the notify option is set,
the icon name of the application has " *" appended, so that it
is evident even when the application is iconified. -notify is the
- This option causes xconsole to place itself in the background,
- When set, this option directs xconsole to display an informative
message in the first line of the text buffer.
- When set, this option directs xconsole to exit when it is unable to
redirect the console output.
- -saveLines count
- When set, xconsole only preserves count lines of message
history instead of growing the text buffer without bound (a count
of zero - the default - is treated as placing no limit on the
This program uses the Athena Text widget, look in the Athena Widget
Set documentation for controlling it.
Xconsole otherwise accepts resources of the same names as
the command-line options (without the leading dash). "file" is a
string type, "saveLines" an integer, and the remaining options are
In order to specify resources, it is useful to know the hierarchy of the widgets
which compose xconsole. In the notation below, indentation indicates
hierarchical structure. The widget class name is given first, followed by the
widget instance name.
- to get the default host and display number.
- to get the name of a resource file that overrides the global resources
stored in the RESOURCE_MANAGER property.
- specifies required resources
Keith Packard (MIT X Consortium)