pipes - Man Page

fill the screen with a plumbing system.


pipes [-display host:display.screen] [-visual visual] [-window] [-root] [-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.

-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.

See Also

X(1), xscreensaver(1)


Marcelo Vianna.


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