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draws spinning galaxies


galaxy [--display host:display.screen] [--foreground color] [--background color] [--window] [--root] [--window-id number][--mono] [--install] [--visual visual] [--ncolors integer] [--delay microseconds] [--cycles integer] [--count integer] [--size integer] [--tracks] [--no-tracks] [--spin] [--no-spin]



The galaxy program draws spinning galaxies.


galaxy accepts the following options:


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


Draw on the root window.

--window-id number

Draw on the specified window.


If on a color display, pretend we're on a monochrome display.


Install a private colormap for the window.

--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.

--ncolors integer

How many colors should be used (if possible).  Default 64. The colors used cycle through the hue, making N stops around the color wheel.

--cycles integer
--count integer
--size integer

Display the current frame rate and CPU load.



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), xlock(1)


Original Amiga version by Uli Siegmund <uli@wombat.okapi.sub.org>
for EGS in Cluster.

Ported from Cluster/EGS to C/Intuition by Harald Backert.

Ported to X11 and xlockmore by  Hubert Feyrer <hubert.feyrer@rz.uni-regensburg.de>, 30-Sep-94.

Modified by David Bagley <bagleyd@bigfoot.com>, 23-Oct-94.

Modified by Dave Mitchell <davem@magnet.com>, 7-Apr-97.

Ability to run standalone or with xscreensaver added by  Jamie Zawinski <jwz@jwz.org>, 10-May-97.


6.09-1.fc41 (11-Jun-2024) X Version 11 XScreenSaver manual