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Scrolling in xterm

Today, Subba Rao gleaned this insight:

> I have the scrollbar showing up on the left side of my window. I am
> not able to interactively use the mouse to scroll back in the window.
> A mouse click in the scroll bar will position the view in the scroll
> buffer. How can I use the mouse button to move interactively through
> the scroll buffer (as in gnome-terminal).

Several people have already answered this, but I want to offer an
alternative.  A side effect of using this method to get the behavior you
want from the scroll bar is that many of your applications will look nicer
(IMO). To give you scroll bars, xterm uses the Athena widgets, which I,
like a lot of other people, find rather ugly.

To improve the look of xterm's scroll bars (and lots of other programs
that make use of the Athena widgets), you can replace your
library (in /usr/X11R6/lib on most Linux systems AFAIK) with the NeXTaw
widgets, which give your Athena widget-based app a look and feel a lot
like a NeXT application.

You can download the source for this library (and get more info) here:

You know that everytime I try to go where I really want to be,
It's already where I am, cuz I'm already there...
Derek D. Martin              |  Unix/Linux Geek
ddm at |  derek at

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