This is your lucky day, because I just happened to add my own backdrop on a
CDE with Solaris 2.6 today, so here goes:
The backdrop was in .tif format but luckily the image-viewer that comes with
CDE reads this format.
So startup the image-viewer and look if your backdrop can be loaded by the
If this is not possible you have to convert your image by some other tool
first, but the image-viewer
is already able to import a lot of image-formats.
If the image was loaded into the image-viewer than you can save your image
Place your image in "/etc/dt/backdrops" or in "~/.dt/backdrops"
Then add the following line to ~/.Xdefaults:
Now login again and you should have a new, shiny backdrop.
If you want a different backdrop for every workspace then use the following
where X stands for 0, 1, 2 ,....
If you want more info check out "man dtwm"
> I'm using CDE as window manager on Solaris 2.5.1, and I want to add my
> own screen background. I create ~/.dt/backdrops/ and place the image
> files there. I use xv to convert to the image formats. Here are what I
> 1. Convert to .xbm and rename to .bm
> --> Shown in the Backdrops list, but display nothing when applied.
> 2. Convert to .xpm and rename to .pm
> --> Isn't shown in the Backdrops list.
> 3. Convert to .pm
> --> The Style Manager quits immediately when I click on the Backdrops
> icon. No dialog box displayed.
> 1. Is ~/.dt/backdrops/ the right place? The Style Manager's Help tells
> nothing about adding new background.
> 2. Which format should it be converted to? .xpm or .pm? BTW, the image
> has colors, so the .xbm is useless.
> 3. Is there a limit of the image size imposed by the "Backdrops"/CDE?
> My .pm and .xpm sizes are about 360k.
> Thanks. I appreciate your help.
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