Login to a Linux workstation.
Bring up the X Window environment if it is not already up.
Type the command
is the name of a file where you want this picture
saved. For example, if you are producing a flow
diagram of a rock crusher, you might call it
If you want a reference grid to appear in the drawing area to help you position things, click on thebutton at the bottom. A popup menu will appear; click on one of the three grid densities or .
Click on one of theicons on the upper left side. The various drawing modes are described below; the current mode is always highlighted.
Move your mouse into the main drawing area. The small menu labeledin the top right corner will always tell you what the mouse buttons do in the current drawing mode.
Add, change, or delete items from your figure by using the various drawing mode icons or theicons on the lower left side. Some options for each mode may be set by clicking on the icons along the bottom (e.g., Zoom Scale).
When you are finished, or whenever you want to save the current figure, move the mouse to thebutton on the top button bar and click the right button (“Save Shortcut”).
To exit xfig, click on the button in the top left corner.