xscreensaver-text man page

xscreensaver-text — prints some text to stdout, for use by screen savers.


xscreensaver-text [--verbose] [--columns N] [--text STRING] [--file PATH] [--program CMD] [--url URL]


The xscreensaver-text script prints out some text for use by various screensavers, according to the options set in the ~/.xscreensaver file. This may dump the contents of a file, run a program, or load a URL.


xscreensaver-text accepts the following options:

--columns N or --cols N
Where to wrap lines; default 72 columns.
--verbose or -v
Print diagnostics to stderr. Multiple -v switches increase the amount of output.

Command line options may be used to override the settings in the ~/.xscreensaver file:

--string STRING
Print the given string. It may contain % escape sequences as per strftime(2).
--file PATH
Print the contents of the given file. If --cols is specified, re-wrap the lines; otherwise, print them as-is.
--program CMD
Run the given program and print its output. If --cols is specified, re-wrap the output.
--url HTTP-URL

Download and print the contents of the HTTP document. If it contains HTML, RSS, or Atom, it will be converted to plain-text.

Note: this re-downloads the document every time it is run! It might be considered abusive for you to point this at a web server that you do not control!


HTTP_PROXY or http_proxy
to get the default HTTP proxy host and port.


The RSS and Atom output is always ISO-8859-1, regardless of locale.

URLs should be cached, use "If-Modified-Since", and obey "Expires".

See Also

xscreensaver-demo(1), xscreensaver(1), fortune(1), phosphor(1), apple2(1), starwars(1), fontglide(1), dadadodo(1), webcollage(1),

driftnet(1), EtherPEG, EtherPeek


Jamie Zawinski <jwz@jwz.org>, 20-Mar-2005.

Referenced By

apple2(6), fliptext(6), fontglide(6), gltext(6), ljlatest(6), noseguy(6), phosphor(6), starwars(6), winduprobot(6), xscreensaver(1), xscreensaver-demo(1).

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