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Hacking the Gibson screen saver.


gibson [--display host:display.screen] [--visual visual] [--window] [--root] [--window-id number] [--delay number] [--speed number] [--grid-width number] [--grid-depth number] [--grid-height number] [--grid-spacing number] [--columns number] [--no-texture] [--wireframe] [--fps]


Hacking the Gibson, as per the 1995 classic film, HACKERS.

"Hackers penetrate and ravage delicate public and privately owned computer systems, infecting them with viruses, and stealing materials for their own ends. These people, they are terrorists."


--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.

--window-id number

Draw on the specified window.

--delay number

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

--speed number

Animation speed.  2.0 means twice as fast, 0.5 means half as fast.

--grid-width number

Number of towers across.  1 - 20.  Default: 10.

--grid-depth number

Number of towers deep.  1 - 20.  Default: 10.

--grid-height number

Height of the towers.  1 - 20.  Default: 7.

--grid-spacing number

Space between towers. 1 - 5. Default: 2.0.

--columns number

Columns of text on the towers.  1 - 20. Default: 6.

--texture | --no-texture

Whether to draw text.  Default true.

--wireframe | --no-wireframe

Render in wireframe instead of solid.

--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.


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