surfaces man page

surfaces — Draws some interesting 3d parametric surfaces.


surfaces [-display host:display.screen] [-visual visual] [-window] [-root] [-speed number] [-rand] [-spin] [-wander] [-fps] [-surface surface-name] [-random-surface] [-dini] [-enneper] [-kuen] [-moebius] [-seashell] [-swallowtail] [-bohemian] [-whitney] [-pluecker] [-henneberg] [-catalan] [-corkscrew] [-mode display-mode] [-random-mode] [-points] [-lines] [-line-loops]


This draws one of several three dimensional parametric surfaces.


-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.

-delay number

Per-frame delay, in microseconds.  Default: 20000 (0.02 seconds.).

-speed number

Number of frames before changing shape.  Default: 1000.

-surface random (Shortcut: -random-surface)

Display a random surface.  This is the default.

-surface dini (Shortcut: -dini)

Display Dini's surface.

-surface enneper (Shortcut: -enneper)

Display Enneper's minimal surface.

-surface kuen (Shortcut: -kuen)

Display the Kuen surface.

-surface moebius (Shortcut: -moebius)

Display the Moebius strip.

-surface seashell (Shortcut: -seashell)

Display the seashell surface.

-surface swallowtail (Shortcut: -swallowtail)

Display the swallowtail catastrophe.

-surface bohemian (Shortcut: -bohemian)

Display the Bohemian dome.

-surface whitney (Shortcut: -whitney)

Display the Whitney umbrella.

-surface pluecker (Shortcut: -pluecker)

Display Pluecker's conoid.

-surface henneberg (Shortcut: -henneberg)

Display Henneberg's minimal surface.

-surface catalan (Shortcut: -catalan)

Display Catalan's minimal surface.

-surface corkscrew (Shortcut: -corkscrew)

Display the corkscrew surface.

-mode random (Shortcut: -random-mode)

Use random OpenGL primitives to display the surface.  This is the default.

-mode points (Shortcut: -points)

Use OpenGL points to display the surface.

-mode lines (Shortcut: -lines)

Use OpenGL lines to display the surface.

-mode line-loops (Shortcut: -line-loops)

Use OpenGL line loops to display the surface.

-wander | -no-wander

Whether to wander around the screen.

-spin | -no-spin

Whether to rotate around the center of the figure.


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)


Andrey Mirtchovski, Carsten Steger


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