Useful tools on Ubuntu (X)

ubuntu_logo_81x81This post covers the utilities those start with X. Part of the series.

  1. x-tile (Utilities) : Select a number of windows and tile them in different ways. X-tile works on any X desktop (gnome, kde, xfce, lxde…). Supports many tiling geometries, undo tiling, invert tiling order, optional system tray docking and menu, filter to avoid listing some windows, filter to check some windows by default, command line interface.
  2. x11-utils (Miscellaneous – Graphical) : This package provides a miscellaneous assortment of X utilities that ship with the X Window System, including:
    – appres, editres, listres and viewres, which query the X resource database
    – luit, a filter that can be run between an arbitrary application and a UTF-8 terminal emulator
    – xdpyinfo, a display information utility for X
    – xdriinfo, query configuration information of DRI drivers
    – xev, an X event displayer
    – xfd, a tool that displays all the glyphs in a given X font
    – xfontsel, a tool for browsing and selecting X fonts
    – xkill, a tool for terminating misbehaving X clients
    – xlsatoms, which lists interned atoms defined on an X server
    – xlsclients, which lists client applications running on an X display
    – xlsfonts, a server font list displayer
    – xmessage, a tool to display message or dialog boxes
    – xprop, a property displayer for X
    – xvinfo, an Xv extension information utility for X
    – xwininfo, a window information utility for X
  3. x2 (Editors) : Simple text/programming editor developed in house by Rock Computing from a dissatisfaction with existing text editors.
  4. x2vnc, x2x (Miscellaneous – Graphical) : Link multiple displays together, simulating a multi-headed display.
  5. x86info (System Administration) : Display diagnostic information about i386 compatible CPUs.
  6. xbindkeys (Miscellaneous – Graphical) : Launch shell commands with your keyboard or your mouse under X Window. It links commands to keys or mouse buttons, using a configuration file. It’s independant of the window manager and can capture all keyboard keys (ex: Power, Wake…).
  7. xchm (Miscellaneous – Graphical) : CHM file viewer for X. It can show the content tree if one is available, print pages, change font face and size, remember bookmarks, display a searchable index, and search for words in the current page and the whole book.
  8. xcircuit (Electronics) : Program for drawing publishable-quality electrical circuit schematic diagrams and related figures, and produce circuit netlists through schematic capture. XCircuit regards circuits as inherently hierarchical, and writes both hierarchical PostScript output and hierarchical SPICE netlists.
  9. xclip (Miscellaneous – Graphical) : Command line interface to the X11 clipboard. It can also be used for copying files, as an alternative to sftp/scp, thus avoiding password prompts when X11 forwarding has already been setup.
  10. xcutmp3 (Multimedia) : A simple frontend for cutmp3, an mp3 cutter.
  11. xd (Utilities) : Performs eXtra fast Directory changes, allowing you to say xd ulb rather than cd /usr/local/bin. Originally designed in the early 90s it is now used by many to perform fast cd‘s.
  12. xdelta3 Utilities) : Diff utility which works with binary files.
  13. xdiskusage, xdu (Miscellaneous – Graphical) : User-friendly program to show you what is using up all your disk space.
  14. xfe (Miscellaneous – Graphical) : MS-Explorer or Commander like file manager for X. It is based on the popular, but discontinued, X Win Commander.
  15. xipmsg (Miscellaneous – Graphical) : A pop up style message communication software.
  16. xjed (Editors) : X11 version of jed, a text editor for Unix, VMS, MSDOS, OS/2, BeOS, QNX, and win9X/NT platforms. Although it is a powerful editor designed for use by programmers, its drop-down menu facility make it one of the friendliest text editors around. Hence it is ideal for composing simple email messages as well as editing complex programs in a variety of computer languages.
  17. xmacro (Utilities) : Record / Play keystrokes and mouse movements in X displays.
  18. xmonad (Miscellaneous – Graphical) : Lightweight X11 window manager written in Haskell.
  19. xournal (GNOME Desktop Environment) : A GTK+ application for note-taking, sketching, keeping a journal using a stylus.
  20. xpad (Miscellaneous – Graphical) : sticky note application for jotting down things to remember.
  21. xpaint (Graphics) : A simple paint program for X, suitable for producing simple graphics. It does offer some advanced features such as image processing functions and gradient fill.
  22. xpdf (Word Processing) : Very simple PDF reader.
  23. xpra (Miscellaneous – Graphical) : Allows you to run X programs, usually on a remote host and direct their display to your local machine. It also allows you to display existing desktop sessions remotely.
  24. xprobe (Networking) : Perform fingerprinting of remote TCP/IP stacks based on Ofir Arkin’s ICMP fingerprinting research. This tool is a practical implementation of results discovered during ‘project X’.
  25. xrdp (Networking) : Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) server.
  26. xresprobe (Miscellaneous – Graphical) : X Resolution Probe.
  27. xrsh (Miscellaneous – Graphical) : Remote execution of XWindow programs.
  28. xsel (Miscellaneous – Graphical) : Command-line tool to access X clipboard and selection buffers. It is useful for getting and setting the contents of the X selection. Normally this is only accessible by manually highlighting information and pasting it with the middle mouse button.
  29. xtail (Utilities) : Watches the growth of files. It’s like running a tail -f on a bunch of files at once.
  30. xtrlock (Miscellaneous – Graphical) : Minimal X display lock program. Lock  X display  until  password supplied, leaving windows visible. It is also possible to turn off the background.
  31. xvt (Miscellaneous – Graphical) : X terminal-emulator similar to xterm, but smaller.
  32. xwatch (System Administration) : Logfile monitor that displays in an X window.
  33. xxgdb (Development) : A X frontend to GDB.
  34. xzgv (Graphics) : Keyboard-controllable fast picture viewer. Its thumbnail-based file selector can copy, rename and move images, rotate by multiples of 90 degrees and mirror them. Displayed images can have their zoom, contrast, brightness and gamma adjusted.

5 thoughts on “Useful tools on Ubuntu (X)”

    1. Thanks! I am adding it. It’s there in Ubuntu man pages for 14.04 but surprisingly I am unable to see it on Synaptic or from the command line!

      1. Well, I’m using Mint 17.1. It’s always been in Mint, which I find adds a few more drivers, apps, and polish to Ubuntu.

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