[PATCH:xrdb] Clarify .Xresources vs. .Xdefaults in man page

Alan Coopersmith alan.coopersmith at oracle.com
Sun Jun 30 09:14:05 PDT 2013

Reported by John Feuerstein at

Signed-off-by: Alan Coopersmith <alan.coopersmith at oracle.com>
 man/xrdb.man |    6 +++++-
 1 file changed, 5 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/man/xrdb.man b/man/xrdb.man
index e30b0d5..bdef86f 100644
--- a/man/xrdb.man
+++ b/man/xrdb.man
@@ -286,7 +286,11 @@ This option is passed through to the preprocessor and is used to specify
 a directory to search for files that are referenced with
 .I #include.
-Generalizes \fI~/.Xdefaults\fP files.
+.I Xrdb
+does not load any files on its own, but many desktop environments use
+xrdb to load \fI~/.Xresources\fP files on session startup to initialize
+the resource database, as a generalized replacement for \fI~/.Xdefaults\fP
 X(__miscmansuffix__), appres(__appmansuffix__), listres(__appmansuffix__),
 Xlib Resource Manager documentation, Xt resource documentation

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