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multi-aterm - a tabbed VT102 terminal emulator for X-Window  


multi-aterm [options]  


multi-aterm is a terminal emulator. It is based on aterm 0.4.2, features most of functionalties of aterm (pseudo fast-transparency, next-step look scroll bar) and mostly and notebook functionality. Thus, you can have several terminals in the same window. Each terminal can be configure (name, background, ...) with a configuration file. Like aterm, it aims to be light and fast and desktop independant, meaning KDE or GNOME are not required. Several configurations files can be used. Specific files override resources of standard files, and options override resources found in files.  


-display|-d displayname
-tn termname
value of the TERM environment variable
-geometry|-g geometry
geometry at startup
reverse video
transparent background
scrollbar on right
transparent scrollbar
scrollbar without a trough
scroll-on-tty-output inhibit
color tinted transparency color
-sh %
make transparent background x% darker
-bgtype type
transformation type for background pixmap
-tinttype type
function applied for background tinting
-txttype type
function applied for text drawing
-pixmap file[;geometry]
background pixmap, tranparency must be turn off
-name name
client instance, icon, and title strings
-n fontname
icon name for window
start iconic
-sl number
number of scrolled lines to save
-tn name
value of the TERM environment variable
-fg color
foreground color
-bg color
background color
login shell
-bw number
border width
-mbw number
minimum number of columns stored in buffer
utmp inhibit
visual bell
-bd color
border color
-nt number
numbers of tab at startup
-fade fontname
make colors x% darker when aterm is loosing focus
-font fontname
normal text font
-fb fontname
bold text font
-cf file
resource configuration file
intercept console messages


Here is list of resources supported by multi-aterm. Each as a default value assigned to it. multi-aterm support the XTerm class and application name is materm. The first character of class components is capitalized and the first letter of name components is in lowercase. For example, XTerm.Foreground is a class component and materm.foreground is a name component. Below is the list of resource :
XTerm.Geometry: geometry
set the geometry
XTerm.ReverseVideo: boolean
XTerm.Foreground: color
XTerm.Background: color
XTerm.LoginShell: boolean
XTerm.BorderWidth: number
XTerm.Scrollbar: boolean
XTerm.ScrollbarRight: boolean
XTerm.ScrollbarFloating: boolean
XTerm.ScrollbarTtyOutput: boolean
XTerm.ScrollbarTtyKeypress: boolean
XTerm.Transpscrollbar: boolean
XTerm.ScrollColor: color
XTerm.TroughColor: color
XTerm.Vt.Transparent: boolean
XTerm.Vt.Tinting: color
XTerm.Vt.Shading: amount
XTerm.Vt.BgType: type
XTerm.Vt.TintingType: type
XTerm.Vt.Pixmap: ile[;geometry]
XTerm.Vt.Title: name
XTerm.Vt.SaveLines: number
XTerm.TextType: type
XTerm.Name: name
XTerm.IconName: name
XTerm.TermName: name
XTerm.MinBufferWidth: number
XTerm.UtmpInhibit: boolean
XTerm.VisualBell: boolean
XTerm.BorderColor: color
XTerm.NbTerm: number
XTerm.Fading: amount
XTerm.Colorn: color
XTerm.ColorBD: color
XTerm.ColorUL: color
XTerm.Path: path
XTerm.FontName: fontname
XTerm.BoldFont: fontname
XTerm.Fontn: fontname
XTerm.MFont: fontname
XTerm.MFontn: fontname
XTerm.PointerColor: color
XTerm.CursorColor: color
XTerm.CursorColor2: color
XTerm.Bigfont_key: keysym
XTerm.Smallfont_key: keysym
XTerm.Cutchars: string
XTerm.Meta8: keysym
XTerm.Modifier: keysym
XTerm.Backspacekey: keysym
XTerm.Deletekey: keysym
XTerm.MapAlert: keysym
XTerm.Geometry: 80x25
XTerm.Scrollbar: True
XTerm.Vt.Transparent: True
XTerm.Vt.Shading: 70
XTerm.Vt.SaveLines: 300
materm.vt0.shading: 90
materm.vt0.title: me
materm.vt1.title: root
materm.vt1.saveLines: 20
Put those lines in your $HOME/.Xdefaults file or in a configuration file you will load with -cf <file> at startup.


System file for login records.
Color names.
if enable at compiled time, this is the first configuration file read.
if presents, resources read from this file override existing resources.
if .Xdefaults was not found, try this one.


You have several shortcut to ease the use of the app. Here is the lsit of shortcut :
ctrl+alt+n : create a new terminal
ctrl+d : close a terminal (note this is a shell sequence)
shift+left_arrow: active left terminal
shift+right_arrow: active right terminal
shift+up_arrow: sroll up line by line
shift+down_arrow: sroll down line by line
shift+page_up: sroll up screen by screen
shift+page_down: sroll down screen by screen  




Transparency is global, not specific to a terminal
The same apply for the bgtype
Some problems with pseudo-terminal somethimes
Font size change is working very bad
This man page is not finished


John Bovey
University of Kent, 1992, wrote the original Xvt.
Rob Nation <>
very heavily modified Xvt and came up with Rxvt
Angelo Haritsis <>
wrote the Greek Keyboard Input
mj olesen <olesen@me.QueensU.CA>
Wrote the menu system.
Project Coordinator (changes.txt 2.11 to 2.21)
Oezguer Kesim <>
Project Coordinator (changes.txt 2.21a to 2.4.5)
Geoff Wing <>
Rewrote screen display and text selection routines.
Project Coordinator (changes.txt 2.4.6 - )
Sasha Vasko <>
branched rxvt with Alfredo Kojima additions to aterm.
Alexis <>
Modifications of aterm to add tabbed terminals and notebook bar.




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