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How to Capture Screens from the Command Line or a Script

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Background:
The systems is an HP715 running HP-UX 10.20 with CDE.

Question:
The system has a GUI-based screen capture tool, but I'd like to be able to accomplish the same thing either from the command line or with a script. Is that possible, and if so, how is it done?

Thanks!
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by:ahoffmann
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xgrabsc
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by:bira
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capture Command

Purpose

Allows terminal screens to be dumped to a file.

Syntax

capture [ -a ] [ File ]
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by:pdouglas
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ahoffman,

Is that a shell command?

bira,

The man page on that command has next to nothing in it. What does the a switch do? How do I specify which part of the screen to capture, or better still, which window?

Thanks guys!
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by:bira
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-a      Appends the screen contents to the specified file or, if no file
is specified, to the screen.out file.
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by:bira
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To end the capture, use ^P
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by:bira
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pdouglas


   capture will get the the full screen, not part of it.
  As i use it in AIX, and the man page is more complete, i
  can post it complete, if you want.
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bira,

That would be good.

Thanks.
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bira,

It sounds like this utility is more for running interactively, in which case the GUI is just as good. I need something that can be imbedded into a script.
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by:bira
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 Really it will work only interactively, so i think
 it´s not what you are looking for.
 
  Good luck
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by:ahoffmann
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xgrabsc is a command which commes with your X server, usually.
It can grab the entire screen (screen in terms of the X server), a particular window or a rectangle of your choice. You also can specify the output format. It all can be configured with command line options.
It's far toooo much to post it all here, please read the man-page. STFN (search the f... net) for "xgrabsc +AIX" if it is not installed on your system, there are numerous sides where you can get it as source or precompiled binary.
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griessh earned 200 total points
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You might also look at the xwd command. We run it for our screen snapshots:

xwd -root > <name>.xwd

if you need another format you can always:

convert <name>.xwd <name>.<extension>

BTW: 'convert' is a tool that comes with ImageMagick

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Werner
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Hi ahoffmann,

   Could you please tell me where can I get a copy of xgrabsc for Solaris (Sparc & Intel) binary or source will
be fine.  Thanks.

   pdouglas, sorry about the interrupt, BTY, I use xv for screen capture.
   
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by:ahoffmann
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http://www.sunfreeware.com/
xv is not bad, but has not as much options as xgrabsc
I love these roughly 15 year old programs, still working ;-)
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by:pdouglas
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I'd like to thank everyone who responded. Thank you for taking the time to try and help. You guys are top notch.

griessh,

Your suggestion is just what I need. I *really* appreciate it!

pdouglas
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You're welcome. It seems we had the same problem ... In my case it's the documentation department who needs screen snapshots of our product. Since they need to capture menues also, they rlogin from another system and do the capture ...

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Thanks for the  good infor, I use xv more than 10 years, it is time to learn something new.

Regards
   yuzh
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