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dxsession(1X)							 dxsession(1X)

NAME
       dxsession, dxpause - DECwindows session manager and error log window

SYNOPSIS
       dxsession

DESCRIPTION
       The dxsession program provides a graphical interface to DECwindows ses‐
       sion management functionality.  You can use dxsession to invoke	appli‐
       cations and to customize the workstation environment.

       A  DECwindows  session begins when you log into the workstation through
       the Xprompter login prompt.  The	 dxsession  program  is	 automatically
       executed	 as  the  DECwindows session manager.  When started, dxsession
       first reads the .Xdefaults file in your home directory and incorporates
       those resource values into the X Server.	 Next, dxsession starts a win‐
       dow manager, the default being mwm.  You	 may  specify  another	window
       manager	in  your  .Xdefaults  file or with the session manager Options
       Window dialog.

       After the session manager window appears dxsession  runs	 the  applica‐
       tions  and  shell  scripts specified in the Automatic Startup list.  If
       you have a .X11Startup file in your home directory, it will be appended
       to  the	Automatic  Startup  list automatically.	 This script is rarely
       necessary, unless you require complex startup actions or the setting of
       environment variables.

       Use  the	 Options  menu	to  tailor  dxsession.	 Whenever you save the
       attributes you have specified by means of the Options  dialogs,	dxses‐
       sion  writes  resource  specifications into your .Xdefaults file.  Note
       that the .Xdefaults file is  only  read	by  dxsession  once,  when  it
       starts.

   Session Manager Window
       The  session  manager  window consists of the following areas: Displays
       window manager icons that let you move and resize the  session  manager
       window,	and  shrink  the window to an icon.  For more information, see
       mwm(1X).	 Lists the available dxsession menus (such as Applications and
       Options).

   dxconsole
       dxconsole is started by the session manager at login. dxconsole records
       all messages sent to /dev/console as well as any output from  the  ses‐
       sion manager, and then can be used as an enter by window.

       When the dxconsole window has been restored from an icon, you can click
       on the Dismiss button to shrink the window to an icon or click  on  the
       Clear  button  to  delete  existing text from the window and shrink the
       window to an icon.

   DXpause
       The dxpause program starts when the user selects Pause from the Session
       menu  on	 the  Session  Manager	Menu  Bar.  The program places a blank
       screen over the workstation screen and displays	the  Continue  Session
       dialog box.  This box prompts for the password of the person whose ses‐
       sion was paused.	 When you enter the correct password, the blank screen
       is removed and the session resumes.

MENUS
       The session manager window contains the following menus:

       Session Applications Options Help

   Session Menu
       The  Session  menu  contains the following items: Places a blank screen
       over the workstation screen and displays the  Continue  Session	dialog
       box,  which  prompts  for  the password of the person whose session was
       paused.	When you enter the correct  password,  dxsession  removes  the
       blank  screen  and  resumes  the session.  Ends the current session and
       exits from all applications.

   Applications Menu
       The Applications menu contains a list  of  applications	that  you  can
       start.	By default it includes all of the standard DECwindows applica‐
       tions (Mail, Calendar, DECterm, and  so	forth).	  Choose  one  of  the
       applications  to	 start it up. You can add applications as items on the
       menu or remove those currently listed by choosing the Applications Menu
       item from the Options menu.

   Options
       The  Options  menu  contains the following items: Displays a dialog box
       that lets you provide or change application definitions.	  An  applica‐
       tion  definition	 consists  of the name to use in Session Manager menus
       and the associated command that is executed when dxsession  starts  the
       application.   Applications  must be defined before you can add them to
       the Applications menu or Automatic Startup list.	 Displays a dialog box
       that  lets you specify the applications that appear on the Applications
       menu.  You must define an application by means of the Options  Applica‐
       tions Definitions menu before you add it to the Applications menu.  you
       add it to to the Applications menu.  Displays a dialog  box  that  lets
       you  specify  the applications that dxsession automatically starts each
       time a session starts.  You must define an application by means of  the
       Options Applications Definitions menu before you add it to the Applica‐
       tions menu.  Displays a dialog box that lets you	 specify  characteris‐
       tics  of	 your keyboard (such as bell and keyclick volume).  Displays a
       dialog box that lets you specify the language in which  you  prefer  to
       work.   Displays	 a dialog box that lets you specify characteristics of
       your pointer (such as its shape and color).  Displays a dialog box that
       lets  you specify the hosts that can display applications on this work‐
       station.	 Displays a dialog box that lets you customize	attributes  of
       dxsession.  These include its start-up state (as an icon or opened win‐
       dow), the text that appears when your workstation is  paused,  and  the
       message	region's size and header.  Displays a dialog box that lets you
       specify screen and window characteristics.  These include colors,  size
       of  your icons, and on some systems, the screen background pattern.  In
       addition, if you want to use a window manager other  than  the  default
       DECwindows  one,	 you  can  specify it here.  Restores the settings you
       last saved.  Restores the system default settings.  Saves  the  current
       settings.   Overview  gives  an overview of Session Manager's menus and
       features.  About provides information about the software version.

X DEFAULTS
       The dxsession application uses the values  present  in  the  .Xdefaults
       file  in	 your  home  directory, when you first log in to customize the
       appearance and characteristics of its windows and dialogs.  The	format
       for a resource specification in the .Xdefaults file is:

       [name*]resource:	  value	 Specifies  the	 application  name or the name
       string that restricts the resource assignment to that application or to
       a  component of an application.	If this argument is not specified, the
       resource assignment is globally available to all X applications.	 Spec‐
       ifies  the resource.  Specifies the value that is to be assigned to the
       resource.

       For more information, see X(1X).

       Because each toolkit-based application can consist of a combination  of
       widgets	(for example, push buttons and a scroll bar), you can form the
       name string by adding widget class and name identifiers to the  string.
       For  further  information  about adding class and name identifiers, see
       X(1X).

       Note that the first name for lines that apply only to the session  man‐
       ager  should  be	 labeled  "DXsession".	 The first name for lines that
       apply only to dxconsole should be labeled "DXConsole".

       For dxsession, the available classes are:

       AttachedDialogBox Dialog Label MainWindow Menu Menubar Message Pulldown
       Pushbutton Text Toggle

       For dxsession, the available names are:

       ConfirmFilename	ConfirmPrint  CreatePulldown  CustomizeAutoStart  Cus‐
       tomizeAppDef CustomizeAppMenu CustomizeKeyboard	CustomizePrinter  Cus‐
       tomizePulldown CustomizeSecurity CustomizeSession CustomizeWindow Main‐
       Window Menubar Messages SessionPulldown SETLANGUAGE_BOX WorkAreaDialog

       In addition to the general resources listed in X(1X),  and  those  that
       the   Options  dialog  boxes  specify,  dxsession  uses	the  following
       resources: Specifies the name of the terminal emulator to run at dxses‐
       sion  startup.	The  default  is  dxterm.  Specifies the design of the
       pointer character.   DECwindows pointers are specified by negative num‐
       bers;  choose  the  pointer by using the Options Pointer dialog box.  X
       pointers can be specified by positive numbers that correspond to values
       in /usr/include/X11/cursorfont.h.  A list of applications, delimited by
       commas,	to be considered for starting up by dxsession at startup time.
       An  integer  indicating	how  many of the applications specified in the
       AutoStart resource to actually be started.  If the  AutoStart  resource
       contains	 5  applications and the value of num_AutoStart is 3, only the
       first three of  the  AutoStart  applications  are  started.   Specifies
       whether	the  keyboard  bell  is	 enabled or not.  The default value is
       enabled.	 Specifies the integer value of the volume of the  bell.   The
       default	value  is  50.	 Specifies  whether  the  keyclick resource is
       enabled or not.	 The default value is enabled.	Specifies the  integer
       value  of the volume of the keyclick.  The default value is 50.	Speci‐
       fies whether the autorepeat mode is enabled or not.   The default value
       is  enabled.   Specifies the mode of the keyboard when the value of the
       resource is in use.  The default value is caps.	Specifies whether  the
       screen_saver  resource  is  enabled  or	not.	The  default  value is
       enabled.	 Specifies the integer value of the number of  minutes	during
       which,  if  there  is no keyboard or mouse activity, the system enables
       the screen_saver.  The default value is 10  (minutes).	Specifies  the
       color  of  the  foreground of the display.  The default value is black.
       Specifies the color of the background  of  the  display.	  The  default
       value  is  white.   Specifies  the pattern of the display.  The default
       value is 0.  Specifies the color of the foreground of the pointer.  The
       default	value  is white.  Specifies the color of the background of the
       display.	 The default value is white.  Specifies the state of the  ses‐
       sion  manager when it is started up.  The default value is mapped.  The
       alternate value is iconified.  Specifies whether the session manager is
       to  query  for  confirmation  if	 the user chooses to End Session.  The
       default value is 1 (true).  Specifies a list  of	 hosts,	 delimited  by
       commas.	 The  list is used by the Security feature of the session man‐
       ager.  The default value is an empty list.  Specifies an integer repre‐
       senting	the  number of hosts mentioned in the host_list resource to be
       considered.  The default value is 0.  Specifies a list of applications,
       delimited  by  commas,  to  be  used  by the Applications button of the
       Options feature of the session manager.	The default value is an	 empty
       list.   Specifies  an  integer  representing the number of applications
       mentioned in the AppMenu resource to be used.  The default value is  0.
       Specifies a list of applications, delimited by commas, to be started up
       by the session manager at startup time.	The default value is an	 empty
       list.   Specifies  an  integer  representing the number of Applications
       mentioned in the AutoStart resource to be used.	The default  value  is
       0.   Specifies  an integer representing the X coordinate of the session
       manager window at startup time.	The default value is 0.	 Specifies  an
       integer	representing the Y coordinate of the session manager window at
       startup time.  The default value is 0.  Specifies a string to  be  dis‐
       played  in the Pause feature of the session manager.  The default value
       is "Enter your password to resume".  Specifies  a  string  representing
       the name of the window manager to be started up by the session manager.
       The default value is System Default.  Specifies a list of applications,
       delimited by commas, to be used by the Applications feature of the ses‐
       sion manager.  Indicates values to be replaced by the user.   Specifies
       an  integer  representing  the  number of Applications mentioned in the
       applications resource to be used.  The default value is 2.  Specifies a
       file  to be executed at startup time by the session manager.  This fea‐
       ture will become obsolete in the next release, and it is suggested that
       the  resource  value  for  this	resource  be  appended	to the list of
       AutoStart resource value.  The current release  append  the  value  (if
       any)  to the Automatic Startup list, and comments out the line contain‐
       ing this resource name.	Specifies whether the session  manager	is  to
       consider	 the  root password also while checking whether a typed string
       matches the user's password.  It becomes useful when the session is  to
       be resumed from a paused state.	The default value is false.

   dxconsole Resources
       Specifies the height of the dxconsole window.  The default value is 10.
       Specifies the width of the dxconsole window.  The default value is 40.

   DXpause Resources
       The first name for lines that apply only to the Pause  task  should  be
       labeled	DXpause.   When	 this  resource	 is  True, dxpause executes an
       XGrabServer library call, thereby inhibiting all processing of requests
       or  close  downs	 on  any other connection.  Although this action abso‐
       lutely insures that no information is  displayed	 "through"  the	 pause
       screen,	it  also  effectively suspends other tasks that need to output
       information to their windows.  When this resource is False, the protec‐
       tive  pause  screen  is raised to the top of the display stack 20 times
       per second, thus re-covering any other window that might have been dis‐
       played.	 Tasks	that  need  to output to their own windows will not be
       suspended.  The default is False.

FILES
RELATED INFORMATION
       mwm(1X), dxconsole(1X), X(1X),

								 dxsession(1X)
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