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fill the screen with a plumbing system.


pipes [--display host:display.screen] [--visual visual] [--window] [--root] [--window-id number] [-count 0] [-count 1] [-cycles number] [-size number] [-factory number] [-delay number] [-no-fisheye] [-tightturns] [-db] [-fps]


If you've ever been in the same room as a Windows NT machine, you've probably seen this GL hack.  It fills the screen with a plumbing system.


--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.

--count 0

Curved Pipes.

--count 1

Ball Joints.

--cycles number

Number of pipe systems to draw at once.  Default: 5.

--size number

Length of each pipe system.  Default: 500.

--factory number

How much gadgetry to create; Useful range is 0-10.  Default: 2.

--delay number

How long (in microseconds) to sleep between frames.  Default: 10000.

--fisheye | --no-fisheye

Whether to use a fisheye lens.

--tightturns | --no-tightturns

Whether to allow tight turns.

--db | --no-db

Whether to double-buffer.


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)


Marcelo Vianna.


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