OVERVIEW(1) General Commands Manual OVERVIEW(1)
overview - run a program from SunView that takes over the screen
overview [ -w ] [ generic_tool_options ] program_name [ arguments ] ...
This command is available with the software installation option. Refer
to for information on how to install optional software.
Bitmap graphics based programs that are not SunView based can be run
from SunView using overview. overview shows an icon in SunView when
overview is brought up iconic (-Wi generic tool option; see sunview(1))
or when the program being run by overview is suspended (for example,
using CTRL-Z). Opening the overview icon, or starting overview non-
iconic, starts the program named on the command line. overview sup-
presses SunView so that SunView window applications will not interfere
with the program's display output or input devices.
overview runs programs that fit the following profile:
own display The program needs to own the bits on the
screen. It does not use the sunview library
to arbitrate the use of the display and input
devices between processes.
keyboard input from stdin
The program takes keyboard input from stdin
mouse input from /dev/mouse
The program takes locator input from the mouse
-w This option is used to specify that the program being run cre-
ates its own SunWindows window in order to receive the serial-
ized input stream from the keyboard and mouse that is provided
by the SunWindows kernel driver. -w tells overview to not con-
vert SunWindows input into ASCII which is then sent to the pro-
gram being run under overview via a pty. X and NeWS are pro-
grams that fall in this category (as of Dec 86. This is subject
to change in the future.)
Users of overview on a Sun-3/110 should be aware of the impact of plane
groups on pre-3.2 applications. You cannot successfully run pre-3.2
applications under overview if overview itself is running in the color
buffer. If you start overview so that it is not running in the overlay
plane, then the enable plane is not be properly set up for viewing the
application. This means that you cannot run overview with the -Wf or
-Wb generic tool arguments. Also, you cannot run overview on a desktop
created by sunview using the -8bit_color_only option.
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