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       wmsystemtray - A system tray as a Window Maker dock app


       wmsystemtray [options]


       wmsystemtray  is  a  system  tray using the system tray
       protocol designed as a Window Maker dock app. It  has  the  ability  to
       display more than one dock window to make room for more tray icons, and
       the ability to scroll through the icons if more are present  than  will


       -display <display name>
              Name of display to use.

       --help Display usage information.

       -V, --version
              Display the version number and exit.

       -v, --verbose
              Print more messages to the console. May be repeated.

       -q, --quiet
              Print fewer messages to the console. May be repeated.

       -s, --small
              Use  16x16  tray  icons, instead of 24x24. In other words, fit 9
              icons instead of 4 in one dock window.

       -w <n>, --windows <n>
              Specifies the number of dock windows to open. Each  dock  window
              is    assigned    a    unique    name   (i.e.   the   first   is
              wmsystemtray.wmsystemtray0,              the              second
              wmsystemtray.wmsystemtray1,  and so on), so they can be reliably
              positioned in the dock or clip.

              Print the window's index number on the window, to make it easier
              to  dock  them in the right order. Note that if there are enough
              tray icons active, this number may be covered up.

              Normally the first dock window is completely filled  before  any
              tray  icons  are placed in the second. This option fills the top
              row of each dock window before placing any icons in  the  second
              row,  which  may make more sense if you arrange the dock windows

       --arrows <place>
              Normally, every dock window has both left  and  right  scrolling
              arrows  at the bottom. Specifying --arrows horizontal places the
              left arrow only on the first window and the right arrow only  on
              the  last, which may make more sense if the windows are arranged
              horizontally. --arrows vertical places the arrows  only  on  the
              last  window,  which  may  make  more  sense  if the windows are
              arranged vertically.

       -c <color>, --fgcolor <color>
              Specify  a  color  for  the  page  indicator  and   --id-windows
              indicators,  instead  of  black.  Colors may be specified in any
              format recognized by XParseColor In short, that's any color name
              in X's rgb.txt or an RGB color specified as "rgb:rr/gg/gg".

       --bgcolor <color>
              In  non-Window  Maker  mode,  specify  the  color for the window
              background. The default is to shape the window to fit  the  used
              area  and to set ParentRelative, which attempts to copy whatever
              is behind the window.

              Activate non-Window Maker mode. This  provides  limited  support
              for  using  the  program in window managers that don't do Window
              Maker-style dockapps; the application still sizes  itself  as  a
              64x64  window,  however, so you might be better served by a more
              traditional system tray.


       The main portion of the dockapp has room for four 24x24 or  nine  16x16
       tray  icons.  At  the  bottom are left and right arrows for paging when
       more tray icons are available than can be displayed at  once,  with  an
       indicator  between showing the current "page" of icons and total number
       of pages currently available.

       In addition to  left-clicking  either  scrolling  arrows,  the  mouse's
       scroll wheel may be used on the bottom section to change pages.


       SIGUSR1  and  SIGUSR2  may  be  used to change pages. A program such as
       xbindkeys may  be  used  to  send  these  signals  to  wmsystemtray  on
       appropriate key presses.


       The  balloon  message  portion  of  the protocol is not
       implemented at this time. I've heard that  the  official  Gnome  system
       tray doesn't implement this either, and most tray apps seem to directly
       use dbus desktop notifications service.

       Most of the Xembed specification is  not  implemented,  as  it  is  not
       needed here.  For example, the only point to redirecting input focus is
       to allow the outer window to see  input  events  (and  then  the  outer
       window  has  to forward those events to the embeds). But since we don't
       really care, we can just let the icons get events directly.  Similarly,
       we don't take focus or activation, and we don't do accellerators.

SPECIFICATIONS       System      Tray      Protocol      Specification
       spec-0.3.php⟩          XEmbed          Protocol         Specification


       wmsystemtray was written by Brad Jorsch <>.

       Email     regarding     wmsystemtray     should     be     sent      to


       When  I  finally decided to make use of some applications that work via
       system tray icons, I looked around for a tray for my  preferred  window
       manager.  Some didn't integrate well (I didn't want a bar at the top or
       bottom of the screen), some dockapps couldn't handle more than 4  icons
       at  all,  some  could  do 4 icons with paging (and much crashing if any
       program was killed), some could  do  more  than  4  icons  by  creating
       arbitrary  numbers  of  app  icons  (but  undockable, because they were
       created "as needed"). So I decided to write my own, combining the  best
       features into a stable app.

                                 July 21, 2014                 wmsystemtray(1)

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