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mate-options: Standard Command Line Options for MATE Programs


mate-options - Standard Command Line Options for MATE Programs


program [standard options] [specific options] arguments


This manual page describes the command line options, which are common to all Mate applications.


Help options

-?, --help
Show the applications help message.
Display a brief usage message.
Show the applications's version information.

MateComponent Activation support

File descriptor to print IOR on
IID to activate
Prevent registering of server with OAF

MATE library options

Disable sound server usage
Enable sound server usage
Host:port on which the esd sound server to use is running. This is useful if you simultaneously run programs on several machines.

MATE GUI options

Disable the crash dialog, which is normally shown when the application segfaults.

Session management options

Specify session management ID. Only used by the session manager itself while restarting the application.
Specify prefix of saved configuration.
Disable connection to session manager.

Other options

Dynamic modules to load


This manual page was written by Jochen Voss <voss [at]>. A first version was generated with the help of the help2man program. The program's output was manually edited later.


For most MATE programs there will be additional command line options, which are specific to the program. These will be explained in the Application options section of the --help output and in the application's online help.