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3D tentacles from the sky!


skytentacles [--display host:display.screen] [--visual visual] [--window] [--root] [--window-id number] [--delay int] [--speed ratio] [--count int] [--slices int] [--length float] [--wiggliness ratio] [--flexibility ratio] [--color color] [--stripe-color color] [--sucker-color color] [--segments int] [--thickness ratio] [--no-smooth] [--fps]


There is a tentacled abomination in the sky.  From above you it devours.


--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 30000.

--speed ratio

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

--count int

How many tentacles.  Default 8.

--thickness ratio

Less than 1 for thinner tentacles, greater than 1 for thicker.  Default 1.

--length ratio

Length of the tentacles.  Default 9.

--wiggliness ratio

A measure of how bendy the tentacles are.  Smaller numbers result in smoother flexing; larger numbers make it "crinkly".  Default 0.35.

--flexibility ratio

Another measure of how bendy the tentacles are.  Smaller numbers result in straighter tentacles; larger numbers result in more extreme curves.  Default 0.35.

--color color
--stripe-color color
--sucker-color color

The colors of the various parts of the tentacle.  Default green with a redish stripe.

--slices int
--segments int

Larger numbers increase number of polygons in the object mesh. Default 32.


Make the tentacles appear faceted instead of smooth.


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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