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screen saver.


droste [--display host:display.screen] [--visual visual] [--window] [--root] [--delay number] [--duration seconds] [--speed ratio] [--r1 ratio] [--r2 ratio] [--fps]


Mise en abyme: infinite spiral recursion within images.

Works best with images that have a central circular feature.


--visual visual

Specify which visual to use.  Legal values are the name of a visual class, or the id number (decimal or hex) of a specific visual.


Draw on a newly-created window.  This is the default.


Draw on the root window.

--delay number

Per-frame delay, in microseconds.  Default: 20000 (0.02 seconds).

--duration number

How long until loading a new image, in seconds.  Default: 2 minutes.

--speed number

Speed of zooming into the image.  2.0 means twice as fast, 0.5 means half as fast.  Negative to zoom out.

--r1 number

Inner radius of the spiral.  Default: 0.2.

--r2 number

Outer radius of the spiral.  Default: 0.7.

--fps | --no--fps

Whether to show a frames-per-second display at the bottom of the screen.



to get the default host and display number.


to get the name of a resource file that overrides the global resources stored in the RESOURCE_MANAGER property.


The window ID to use with --root.

See Also

X(1), xscreensaver(1)


Jamie Zawinski.


6.08-2.fc40 (27-Jan-2024) X Version 11 XScreenSaver manual