petri man page

petri — simulates mold growing in a petri dish

Synopsis

petri [-display host:display.screen] [-foreground color] [-background color] [-window] [-root] [-mono] [-install] [-visual visual] [-delay microseconds] [-size integer] [-mem-throttle amount] [-count integer] [-originalcolors] [-diaglim real] [-anychan real] [-minorchan real] [-instantdeathchan real] [-minlifespeed real] [-maxlifespeed real] [-mindeathspeed real] [-maxdeathspeed real] [-minlifespan integer] [-maxlifespan integer] [-fps]

Description

petri simulates mold growing in a petri dish via a state-heavy grid of automata (vaguely like Conway's Life, only with much more state per cell).

Options

petri accepts the following options:

-window

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

-root

Draw on the root window.

-mono

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

-install

Install a private colormap for the window.

-visual visual

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

-delay microseconds

The interframe delay, in microseconds. Defaults to 10000, resource delay.

-size integer

The size of a cell in pixels. Defaults to 4, resource size.

-mem-throttle amount

The maximum amount of memory to consume, specified either in megabytes (suffix "M"), kilobytes (suffix "K"), or bytes (sans suffix). In order to meet the memory requirement, the cell size may be increased. Defaults to 22M, resource memThrottle.

-count integer

How many different varieties of mold to grow (including Black Death). Defaults to 8, resource count.

-originalcolors

If specified, indicates that the colors used should be the artist's original choices (a fixed set of primary and secondary colors). In this case, count must be 8 or less. Defaults to not specified (i.e., false),  resource originalcolors.

-diaglim real

The age limit for diagonal growth as a multiplier of orthogonal growth (range 1..2). 1 means square growth, 1.414 (i.e., sqrt(2)) means approximately circular growth, 2 means diamond growth. Defaults to 1.414, resource diaglim.

-anychan real

The chance (range 0..1) that at each iteration, one or more new cells will be born. Defaults to 0.0015, resource anychan.

-minorchan real

The chance (range 0..1) that, given that new cells will be born, that only two will be added (hence being a minor cell birth event). Defaults to 0.5, resource minorchan.

-instantdeathchan real

The chance (range 0..1) that, given that death and destruction will happen, that instead of using Black Death cells, death will come instantaneously. Defaults to 0.2, resource instantdeathchan.

-minlifespeed real

The minimum speed for living cells as a fraction of the maximum possible speed (range 0..1). Defaults to 0.04, resource minlifespeed.

-maxlifespeed real

The maximum speed for living cells as a fraction of the maximum possible speed (range 0..1). Defaults to 0.13, resource maxlifespeed.

-mindeathspeed real

The minimum speed for Black Death cells as a fraction of the maximum possible speed (range 0..1). Defaults to 0.42, resource mindeathspeed.

-maxdeathspeed real

The maximum speed for Black Death cells as a fraction of the maximum possible speed (range 0..1). Defaults to 0.46, resource maxdeathspeed.

-minlifespan integer

The minimum lifespan for a colony, in iterations, before Black Death comes. Defaults to 500, resource minlifespan.

-maxlifespan integer

The maximum lifespan for a colony, in iterations, before Black Death comes. Defaults to 1500, resource maxlifespan.

-fps

Display the current frame rate and CPU load.

Environment

DISPLAY

to get the default host and display number.

XENVIRONMENT

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

X Resources

There are resource equivalents for each option, noted above.

Bugs

There are no known bugs in petri as of this writing.

See Also

xscreensaver(1)

Author

Dan Bornstein <danfuzz@milk.com>, 06-Jul-2000.

Info

5.36-4.fc26 (10-Feb-2017) X Version 11 XScreenSaver manual