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square spirals screensaver


squiral [--display host:display.screen] [--foreground color] [--background color] [--window] [--root] [--window-id number][--mono] [--install] [--noinstall] [--visual visual] [--fill percent] [--count number] [--scale number] [--delay usec] [--disorder fraction] [--handedness fraction] [--cycle] [--fps]


The squiral program displays interacting, spiral-producing automata


squiral accepts the following options:


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


Draw on the root window.

--window-id number

Draw on the specified window.


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


Install a private colormap for the window.

--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.

--fill percent

Specify the percent (0-100) of the screen which must be filled before the screen is cleared.  60-80 percent are good values.

--count number

The number of squiralies.  By default, the screen width divided by 32.

--scale number

Line thickness.

--delay usec

The wait between steps.  The default is 1000.

--disorder fraction

The fraction of the time a squiraly will choose a new direction. The default is 0.005.

--handedness fraction

The fraction of the time a squiraly will choose to enter lefthanded mode.  0.0 means exclusively right-handed behavior, 0.5 (the default) is a balance between the two, and 1.0 is exclusively left-handed behaviour.


Display the current frame rate and CPU load.



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.


None known

See Also

X(1), xscreensaver(1)


Jeff Epler <jepler@inetnebr.com>, 18-mar-1999


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