galaxy man page

galaxy — draws spinning galaxies


galaxy [-display host:display.screen] [-foreground color] [-background color] [-window] [-root] [-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.
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.

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.


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