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Manual Reference Pages  -  FVWM-THEMES-CONFIG (1)


fvwm-themes-config - fvwm-themes manager and configurator



fvwm-themes-config [ --help|-h ] [ --version|-v ] [ --info|-i ] [ --site ] [ --pipe ] [ --show-themes ] [ --show-components ] [ --show-dir ] [ --theme|-t theme ] [ --show-info ] [ --show-cfg ] [ --show-value key ] [ --component component ] [ --only-site ] [ --only-user ] [ --fvwmscript ] [ --expand-rc|-e [file] ] [ --fresh|-fr ] [ --reset|-r ] [ --no-cfg-cache ] [ --load|-l component@theme ] [ --drop|-u component@theme ] [ --option|-o component:option=value ] [ --variant|-v component=variant ] [ --set-locked component=0|1 ] [ --install|-i file ... ] [ --force-install|-fo ] [ --create-pack name file ...] [ --pack-prefix prefix ] [ --pack-extra-version x.x ] [ --tmp-dir dir ] [ --com-mode ] [ --com-name name ]


This scripts creates and changes fvwm configuration to use with fvwm-themes accordingly to theme component definitions and user choices.

It builds themes-rc in $FVWM_USERDIR, which is a replacement for .fvwm2rc.


--help - show the help and exit

--version - show the version and exit

--info - show the configured information and exit

--site - use site configuration directory for output. The default is to use the user’s directory.

--pipe - generate fvwm commands suitable to use within fvwm’s PipeRead (instead of error messages, for example).

--show-themes - shows list of all themes (or ones specified by --theme).

--show-components - shows all themes (or ones specified by --theme) with all their components (components are TAB justified).

--show-dir - shows the theme directory of all themes (or ones specified by --theme). These directories sit in themes/ parent directory of either user or site place.

--theme theme - only theme(s) given by this parameter are queried, if given. Several instances of --theme may be given. By default all themes are queried.

--show-info - shows an info for the component given in --component parameter.

--show-cfg - shows an entire configuration hash for the component given in --component parameter. To show only one or several specified named values, --show-value may be used.

--show-value key - shows a value by the key for the component given in --component parameter. Several instances of --show-value may be given.

--component component - a working component for other parameters, may be of form component@theme.

fvwm-themes-config --component colors --show-value theme --show-value read-file

--only-site - when specified together with --show-themes or --show-components causes to take into account only the site directory.

--only-user - when specified together with --show-themes or --show-components causes to take into account only the user directory.

--fvwmscript - when specified together with --show-themes or --show-components causes the output to be formatted for FvwmScript.

--expand-rc [file] - gets an FVWM configuration file and expands all includes in one very long file, printed to standard output. If the file is not given $FVWM_USERDIR/themes-rc is taken. This parameter can’t be used with others.

--fresh - refresh (regenerate) the fvwm configuration files needed to load themes, this includes files in the user’s directory: $FVWM_USERDIR/themes-rc, $FVWM_USERDIR/themes-rc-2 and $FVWM_USERDIR/themes/current/theme.cfg.

--reset - forget all the currently used components, use the components from the default theme and regenerate the user’s configuration cache.

--no-cfg-cache - don’t use the existing configuration cache file, this file will be regenerated.

--set-minimal-reload value - if value is 1, then minimal theme switching is used, if value is 0, then full theme switching is used.

--load component - multiple --load parameters may be given. If the parameter is of form component@theme, this specific theme component is used, if it is of form @theme, all components of the given theme will be used.

The process of loading components consists of adding new components or replacing existing ones in the current theme. It is possible that there will be conflicts during this operation. In this case, nothing is changed, negative status is returned and the error message is printed.

--drop component - the opponent for --load, these parameters may be mixed. Tries to unload the given component without breaking dependancies. [@theme] part of component name may be omitted.

--option component:option=value - set another component option value. The option may be either the option name or its index in the option list starting from 1 (use 0 to represent the default option). The value may be either the value name or its index in the option value list starting from 1 (use 0 to represent the default option value).

--variant component=variant - set another component variant if a given component has variants. The variant may be either the variant name or its index in the variant list starting from 1 (use 0 to represent the default component variant).

--set-locked component=value - set (if value is 1) or unset (if value is 0) a locked state of the given component. When the component from the current theme is locked, --load @theme will not replace it, it can only be replaced by explicit --load component@theme.

Five last parameters may be combined together and multiple parameters are possible. If --load and --drop parameters are given, first it will be unloaded all given components and then loaded all given components, not vice versus. After that --variant and --option parameters will take place, i.e. it is possible to load a component and immediately change its options.

--install theme.tar.{gz,bz2} ... - install the specified tarballs into the site (if --site is alos given) or into the user’s themes directory by verifying and unpacking the contents of the tarballs.

--force-install - during the installation of a theme remove existing theme with the same name without prompting.

--create-pack pack theme1 theme2 ... - create a gzipped tarball named ft-pack-VERSION.tar.gz made of the specified theme(s) found in the user’s themes directory or in the site directory if --site is also given. VERSION is the version of FVWM Themes.

--pack-prefix prefix - replace ft by prefix in the name of the gzipped tarball created via the --create-pack option.

--pack-extra-version x.x - add _x.x to VERSION in the name of the gzipped tarball created via the --create-pack option.

--tmp-dir dir - full path to a directory that can be use as a temporary working directory. Default is /tmp. This option is used only with --create-pack.

--com-mode - run fvwm-themes-config under the communication mode. See, the fvwm-themes-com and fvwm-themes-menuapp manual pages for more information on this option. You need to read the code to know the communication commands.

--com-name name - use name as name for communication with fvwm-themes-com. By default, config is used, but you should use config-pid as name where pid is the pid of the program that want to talk to fvwm-themes-config so that fvwm-themes-config can exit if this program exit and so that fvwm-themes-config can kill the program if an internal error happen in fvwm-themes-config. On the other hand, if you want to talk with fvwm-themes-config in, say, a terminal you must not give an name as config-an_integer as name.


Usually you don’t need to run this script manually, it is called using different interfaces (menus and more).

To start with fvwm-themes, run this:

  fvwm-themes-config --reset

This command automatically called in fvwm-themes-start when needed, it will create the current theme in the user space, equivalent to the default one. If --site parameter is also given, it will be created in the system space instead.

Info examples:

  fvwm-themes-config --show-themes  # shows a list of all themes
  fvwm-themes-config --show-components  # show all themes+components
  fvwm-themes-config --show-themes --component windowlook
  fvwm-themes-config --show-components --theme migo --theme default

  fvwm-themes-config --component colors \
    --show-value theme --show-value read-file
  fvwm-themes-config --component colors@cde --show-value option
  fvwm-themes-config --component _core --show-value memory

Other examples:

  fvwm-themes-config --load @afterstep  # load theme "afterstep"
  fvwm-themes-config --drop modules@afterstep  # unload component
  fvwm-themes-config --variant settings/stroke=2  # turn on stroke
  fvwm-themes-config --variant settings/stroke=0  # use default (1)
  fvwm-themes-config --option bindings:switch-mouse-2-3=no
  fvwm-themes-config --set-locked colors=1 --set-locked globalfeel=0

  fvwm-themes-config --install --site metallic.tar.gz wooden.tar.gz
  fvwm-themes-config --create-pack martyns -tmp-dir . metallic wooden


Mikhael Goikhman <>, 31 Dec 1999.

Olivier Chapuis <> (some small things and the communication loop implementation).


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


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