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 Xterm's and dynamic title strings

I am trying to dynamically change the title of my xterm window to indicate what
directory I am in.  I have seen this done before, but the man page for xterm
provides little clues as to how to do this....

I am tired of have the cwd output in my prompt and I have all of the landscape in
the title bar that would loved to be better utilized than simply stating "xterm".

Thank You

Matt Goldensohn



 Tue, 15 Dec 1998 03:00:00 GMT   
 Xterm's and dynamic title strings
In article <Dtq6zs....@tigadmin.ml.com>,

In ksh, you can set the title by:

  echo "\033]2;${PWD}\007\c"

In other shells, it may be necessary to use echo -n rather than \c to
suppress the newline, and you may have to replace ${PWD} with another
appropriate variable or `pwd`.  Next construct an alias or function to
replace the 'cd' builtin which does a cd, and then sets the title to the
current directory if successful.  This and other xterm escape sequences
are documented in the file ctlseqs.ms which comes with the X distribution.

-Mike

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 Wed, 16 Dec 1998 03:00:00 GMT   
 Xterm's and dynamic title strings
On 29 Jun 1996 17:49:15 GMT, Mike Shapiro <m...@cs.brown.edu> wrote:

here is my {t}csh alias

alias header    '/bin/echo "\033]2;\!*\007\c"'

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 Wed, 16 Dec 1998 03:00:00 GMT   
 Xterm's and dynamic title strings

The following does what you want:

echo "ESC]2;TEXT^G"

or more precisely:

(csh)

alias newcd 'cd \!*;echo -n ESC]2\;$cwd^G'

In most shells a ^V lets you enter an escaped character, in emacs
a ^Q does the same.

My information on this comes from The X Journal, Vol 5 No 4.

Roger



 Fri, 18 Dec 1998 03:00:00 GMT   
 Xterm's and dynamic title strings

If you're using tcsh, you can just add this alias and it will get run
every time the cd command is successfully executed.

alias cwdcmd 'if ($TERM == "xterm") echo -n "^[]2;${HOST}:$cwd^G"'

Note that this only changes the title in the tab, (under twm) and not
the title used by the window manager.  To do that, change the 2 to a 1.

mark
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 Sat, 19 Dec 1998 03:00:00 GMT   
 
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