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Manual Reference Pages  -  XMASCOT (1)


XMascot - A Pretty Mascot on X Window System


Alarm Setup
Biff Feature


xmascot [filename] [-toolkitoption ...] [-option ...]


XMascot is a program to show a pretty Mascot on your X Window System. XMascot have these features:

Swing Swing on display prettily.
Stretch Chain’s length become longer and shorter as you like.
Speak Speeking some sounds(needs sound’s file and playing command)
Alarm It can caused a action on specific time.
BIFF It can work as BIFF (mail checker)


Basic Operations are...
on PIN window: Left button Drag: Move position.

Right button Click: Popup menu.

on Mascot window: Left Button Click: accelerate mascot moving.

Left button Drag: Change chain’s length.

Right button Click: Clicking Sound.

on Mail arrived maek window:
  Left Button Click: Popup Mail list window.


XMascot has various Alarm facility. These alarms can set from Alarm/Chime menu.

Setup Display:

---a--- --b-- ----------c----------- --d---
(*^o^*) 00:00 sound( [TEST]

a. Trigger this switch ON(Black) to valid setup.
b. Time setup(24hour display hour:min ). Only timer alarm, min:sec format.
c. Setting actions. refer ACTIONS to know detail.
d. Alarm test switch.

The datas setted by this menu are save to $HOME/.xmascotrc.

About alarms:

Daily Alarm Act on constant time on Everyday. Ther are 3.
Timer Alarm Act some times after. Formats: min:sec
Interval Timer Act periodic timer.
Hour Chime Chime on every hour’s 0 min.
Half-Hour Chime Chime on everu hour’s 30 min.
Biff Action Not Alarm. for BIFF action setting.


XMascot has a feature of BIFF (mail checker) youbin command is supported,

Normaly, XMascot check your mail spool. It can setup to call extern command to chack mail by option -biffcmd .

Return Values of extern command:

1 or negative value:
  Mail box is empty.
Zero New mail comes.
2 no change state.

when calling extern command, Mail List shows that command’s standard output.


XMascot has X Toolkit standard options and belows:

Transparent color is normally setted automatically.

-verbose Verbose mode.
-gravity n Set Gravity. Unit: kg cm/s^2
-chainlength n Set Chain length. Unit: mm
-damping f Set damping coefficient. from 0 to 1 real value. 0: never damp. 1: never swing.
-degree n Set starting degree (from 0 to 180 degree)
-menuno n Set starting menu No.
-no n Set starting Mascot No.
-magnify f Set Mascot’s Magnify.
-pinpat filename Set Pin’s graphics pattern.
-random Select Mascoot random when startup.
-changetime min Change mascot periodic.(UNIT:min) Change random when using with -random.
-allmenu ChangeMascot changing effects to all menu.
-chainnum n Set chain’s number.
-drawtiming n Draw pattern once per n times.
-searchpath search-path
  Set Mascot/Sounds data search path.
-chainpat filename Set chain’s graphics pattern.
-soundcmd cmdline Set sounds playing command. "%s" is replaced to sound’s filename. For Exam. "cat %s > /dev/audio"
-soundstart file Set stating sound file.
-soundclick file Set clicking sound file.
-soundend file Set ending sound file. Set ending sound file.
-soundmail file Set mail arrived sound file.
-nobiff Don’t use BIFF feature. -update sec Specifies the frequency to check mail’s arriving. Unit: sec. (default 30sec)
-noonce Do action on every mail arriving. (on default, Only a action when first mail comes.)
-biffcmd cmd Set mail checing command.
-biffpat fname Set mail coming mark graphics pattern.
-biffpos str Set which position mail mark display. on Mascot’s (left,center,right)
-nobifflists Don’t show arrived mail list.
-biffgeometry geom Set Mail List’s geometry.
-bifffilter cmd Set Filter command that invoked before disp Mail’s List.
-popdowntime sec Set popuping time of Mail’s list. Negative value: never popdown automatic.
-noyoubin Don’t use YOUBIN command.
-server host Set YOUBIN servername.
-shadow n Set shadow width.
-noshadow Don’t disp shadow.


XMascot has meny actions that are caused by alarm and BIFF.

This is from .B X Toolkit ’s actions feature. So actions can bind to keyboard and mouse.

translation name:

on PIn’s window XMascot.translations: #override
on Mascot’s window
  XMascot.mascot_base.translations: #override

XMascot.translations: #override \
<Btn2Up>: chg_next() snd_click()\n\
Shift<Key>R: chg_random() snd_click()

On this example,As click on PIN winndow, Mascot changes to next mascot on menu and play starting-sound. and input Shift-R caused Changing mascot random and play clicking sound.

Please refer Xtoolkit’s manual about actions.

To use actions by Alarm, input actions in Alarm dialogs. This setup are saved to $HOME/.xmascotrc .

Action’s List.

quit Terminate program.
  Change mascot to No num .
  read file fname as Mascot.
chg_next Change mascot to next entry of menu.
  Change mascot to netxt entry with all menus.
  Change mascot random.
  Change mascot random with all menus.
  Push mascot little. Start swinging if mascot was stopping.
  Play sound file continue.
  Play starting sound.
  Play clicking sound.
snd_end Play ending sound.
snd_mail Play mail arriving sound.
  Execute extern command.
  Change parameter.
grav Gravity
dump Damping coefficient.
mag Magnify
clen Chain length
  Beep Bell. This is XBell and no related USE_SOUND option on compiling. param ’s range: from -100 to 100 refer manual of xset.
showbiff Show arrived mail’s list.


XMascot can use X Toolkit standatrd resource and belows:

verbose (class Verbose)
  Verbose mode.
gravity (class Gravity)
  Set Gravity.
chainLen (class ChainLen)
  Set Chain Length.
dampCoeff (class DampCoeff)
  Set damping coefficient.
degree (class Degree)
  Set starting degree.
magnifyBase (class MagnifyBase)
  Set magnify for All mascots.
action (class Action)
  Set default actions.
search (class Search)
  Set default search-path.
pinPattern (class Pattern)
  Set Pin’s graphics pattern.
pcol0 (class Col0)
  Set Pin’s transparent color.(INDEX)
prgb0 (class Rgb0)
  Set Pin’s transparent color.(RGB)
chainNum (class ChainNum)
  Set chain’s number.
chainPattern (class Pattern)
  Set chain’s graphics pattern.
ccol0 (class Col0)
  Set chain’s transparent color.(INDEX)
crgb0 (class Rgb0)
  Set chain’s transparent color.(RGB)
random (class Random)
  Change mascot random.
changeTime (class Interval)
  Set a interval to change mascot.
allMenu (class AllMenu)
  Mascot changing effects to all menu.
mascotNo (class MascotNo)
  Set startup mascot No.
menuNo (class MenuNo)
  Set startup menu No.
shadow (class Shadow)
  Set shadow’s width. 0 means no shadow.


biff (class Biff)
  biff feature ON/OFF
biffOnce (class BiffOnce)
  biff actions only Mail first comes.
update (class XtCInterval)
  Specifies the frequency to check mail’s arriving.
biffCmd (class BiffCmd)
  Set a command to check mail comes.
biffAction (class BiffAction)
  Set default biff actions.
biffPattern (class Pattern)
  Set graphics pattern of Mail coming mark.
bcol0 (class Col0)
  Set transparent color of biff mark.(INDEX)
brgb0 (class Rgb0)
  Set transparent color of biff mark.(RGB)
biffFilter (class BiffFilter)
  Set fillter command for Coming mail’s list.
biffPopdown (class XtCInterval)
  Set auto-popdown time of Mail’s list. (Negative Value:Don’t popdown automatic. 0:Never Popup)
youbin (class Youbin)
  Set if use YOUBIN command or not.
server (class Server)
  Set YOUBIN servername


soundCommand (class SoundCommand)
  Set SOUND’s play command.


Menu’s resource start after menu?.masDat?... Fill ?, Menu NUMBER and Mascot NUMBER.

like this: menu0.masDat0.title: My Mascot

menusNum (class MenusNum)
  Set menu set’s number.
numsOfMenu (class NumsOfMenu)
  Set Mascot No on a menu.
masDat?.title (class Title)
  Set Mascot’s name.
masDat?.filename (class Patterne)
  Set Mascot pattern’s filename.
masDat?.col0 (class Col0)
  Set Mascot’s transparent color.(INDEX)
masDat?.rgb0 (class Rgb0)
  Set Mascot’s transparent color.(RGB)
masDat?.magnify (class Magnify)
  Set Mascot’s magnify.
masDat?.startSnd (class StartSnd)
  Set Mascot’s starting sound.
masDat?.clickSnd (class ClickSnd)
  Set Mascot’s clicking sound.
masDat?.endSnd (class EndSnd)
  Set Mascot’s ending sound.
masDat?.mailSnd (class MailSnd)
  Set Mascot’s mail arriving sound.
masDat?.biffPos (class BiffPos)
  Set Mail mark’s position.


$HOME/.xmascotrc Save alarm time etc.


Parameter’s range isn’t checked.


Go Watanabe(Toyohashi Univ. of Tech. Computer Club) Main Programmer

Tsuyoshi Iida(TUT Computer Club) Graphics Loader Unit, etc.

Yasuhito Makino(TUT Computer Club) Mascot design.


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