XmInstallImage man page

XmInstallImage — A pixmap caching function that adds an image to the image cache


#include <Xm/Xm.h>
Boolean XmInstallImage(
XImage * image,
char * image_name);


XmInstallImage stores an image in an image cache that can later be used to generate a pixmap. Part of the installation process is to extend the resource converter used to reference these images. The resource converter is given the image name so that the image can be referenced in a .Xdefaults file. Since an image can be referenced by a widget through its pixmap resources, it is up to the application to ensure that the image is installed before the widget is created.


Points to the image structure to be installed. The installation process does not make a local copy of the image. Therefore, the application should not destroy the image until it is uninstalled from the caching functions.


Specifies a string that the application uses to name the image. After installation, this name can be used in .Xdefaults for referencing the image. A local copy of the name is created by the image caching functions.

The image caching functions provide a set of eight preinstalled images. These names can be used within a .Xdefaults file for generating pixmaps for the resource for which they are provided.

Image Name Description

background A tile of solid background

25_foreground A tile of 25% foreground, 75% background

50_foreground A tile of 50% foreground, 50% background

75_foreground A tile of 75% foreground, 25% background

horizontal A tile of horizontal lines of the two colors

vertical A tile of vertical lines of the two colors

slant_right A tile of slanting lines of the two colors

slant_left A tile of slanting lines of the two colors

menu_cascade A tile of an arrow of the foreground color

menu_checkmark A tile of a checkmark of the foreground color

menu_dash A tile of one horizontal line of the foreground color


Returns True when successful; returns False if NULL image, NULL image_name, or duplicate image_name is used as a parameter value.

Referenced By

mwm(1), XmDestroyPixmap(3), XmGetPixmap(3), XmGetPixmapByDepth(3), XmUninstallImage(3).