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CAIRO-DOCK(1)                                            CAIRO-DOCK(1)

        cairo-dock - A dock to launch your programs easily.

        cairo-dock [options]

        Cairo-Dock is a light and eye-candy dock to launch your programs easily.

        It uses Cairo or OpenGL to render graphics (many in correlation with
        Compiz) with full hardware acceleration. It’s fully configurable and
        fully customisable and can be used as a taskbar too.
        You can easily add applets in the dock or as a desklet.

        It is recommended to install the PLUG-INS package ( cairo-dock-plug-ins )
        to have acces to more views, dialogs and many plug-ins and applets.

        Some screenshots are available :

        You can launch Cairo-Dock with several options :
        (Note : you can use these options in one block. For example :
        cairo-dock -oia )

        -c, --cairo
                force Cairo backend (Use this option if you have issue with
                the OpenGL mode. It removes the window at startup)

        -o, --opengl
                force OpenGL backend (Cairo-Dock with OpenGL. It removes the
                window at startup)

        -i, --indirect
                use Indirect Rendering mode for OpenGL

        -l, --log [option]
                log verbosity (options : debug, message, warning, critical,
                error - default is ’warning’)
                For example : cairo-dock -l debug

        -a, --keep-above
                force to keep the dock above other windows whatever

        -p, --no-skip-pager
                show the dock in pager

        -b, --no-skip-taskbar
                show the dock in taskbar

        -s, --no-sticky
                don’t make the dock appear on all desktops

        -t, --toolbar-hint
                force the window manager to consider Cairo-Dock as a toolbar
                rather than as a dock

        -n, --normal-hint
                force the window manager to consider Cairo-Dock as a normal
                application rather than as a dock

        -e, --env force the dock to consider this environment (gnome, xfce,
                etc.) - it may crash the dock if not set properly.

        -d, --dir force the dock to load the configuration in this directory
                (default is ~/.config/cairo-dock).

        -m, --maintenance
                allow to edit the config before the dock is started and show
                the config panel on startup

        -f, --safe-mode
                don’t load any plug-ins and show the theme manager on startup

        -M, --modules-dir
                ask the dock to load additional modules contained in this
                directory (though it is unsafe for your dock to load unoffi?
                cial modules).

        -T, --testing
                for debugging purpose only. The crash manager will not be
                started to hunt down the bugs.

        -E, --easter-eggs
                for debugging purpose only. Some hidden and still unstable
                options will be activated.

        -S, --server
                address of a server containing additional themes. This will
                overwrite the default server address.

        -k, --locked
                lock the dock so that any modification is impossible for

        Some other options with an output in the terminal :

        -v, --version
                print version and quit.

        -h, --help
                Show the help and quit

        -C, --capuccino

        -X, --expresso

        -L, --cafe-latte
                Cairo-Dock makes anything, including coffee !

                Your config files are saved in this repertory. You can use
                ’-d’ option to change it.

                Data files for Cairo-Dock.

                Binary files for Cairo-Dock and its plug-ins.

        Most of the Cairo-Dock project was written by Fabrice Rey (fabounet)
        The Cairo-Dock Team is formed by Fabounet (Fabrice Rey), Mav (Yann
        Sladek), Tofe (Christophe Chapuis), Nochka85 (Yann Dulieu), Matttbe
        (Matthieu Baerts), ChanGFu (Rémy Robertson), Paradoxxx Zero (Florian
        Mounier), Necropotame (Adrien Pilleboue), Ctaf, Rom1 (Romain Perol), Augur75 as well
        as numerous beta testers (ppmt, vilraleur, M.Tasaka, etc. see the
        ’About’ menu in the dock) !

        This manual page was started by Julien Lavergne,
        for the Debian project (but may be used by
        Updated by Matthieu Baerts (matttbe).

        Your bug is maybe a recurrent problem (black background, window at
        startup (use -c or -o), problem with OpenGL, etc.). Please go to

        For any other bugs, you can post them on Cairo-Dock forum
        or on Launchpad (https://bugs.launchpad.net/cairo-dock)

        < http://www.glx-dock.org >

                                Aug. 09, 2009                            CAIRO-DOCK(1)

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