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draws overlapping, translucent spiral patterns


hypnowheel [--display host:display.screen] [--visual visual] [--window] [--root] [--window-id number] [--delay int] [--layers int] [--count int] [--twistiness float] [--speed float] [--wander] [--symmetric] [--fps]


Draws a series of overlapping, translucent spiral patterns. The tightness of their spirals fluctuates in and out.


--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 int

Delay between frames, in microseconds.  Default 20000.

--layers int

How many different spirals to draw at once.  Default 4.

--count int

How many arms each spiral should have.  Default 11.

--twistiness float

How tightly wound the spirals can become, measured in rotations. Default 4.0 (four times around).

--speed ratio

Less than 1 for slower, greater than 1 for faster.  Default 1.


If specified, then the centers of the spirals will wander around, rather than them all having the same origin.


If specified, then each pair of left-wrapping and right-wrapping spirals will be mirror images of each other.


Display the current frame rate, CPU load, and polygon count.



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.


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