winduprobot man page

winduprobot — screen saver.


winduprobot [-display host:display.screen] [-visual visual] [-window] [-root] [-delay number] [-count number] [-speed ratio] [-size ratio] [-opacity ratio] [-talk ratio] [-no-texture] [-no-fade] [-fps]


A swarm of wind-up toy robots wander around the table-top, bumping into each other. Each robot contains a mechanically accurate gear system inside, which you can see when the robot's shell occasionally fades to transparency.


-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).

-count number

Number of robots.  1 - 100.  Default: 25.

-speed ratio

Animation speed.  2.0 means twice as fast, 0.5 means half as fast.

-size ratio

Robot size.  2.0 means twice as big, 0.5 means half as big.

-opacity ratio

Robot skin transparency.  0.0 - 1.0.  Default: 1.0.

-talk ratio

How often to occasionally pop up a word bubble with random text in it. 0.0 means never. 1.0 means often.

-texture | -no-texture

Whether the robot's surface should be reflective chrome.

-fade | -no-fade

Whether to sometimes fade the robot's opacity to show the inner mechanism.

-fps | -no-fps

Whether to show a frames-per-second display at the bottom of the screen.



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) xscreensaver-text(1)


Jamie Zawinski.


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