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draws animated flames


xflame [--display host:display.screen] [--window] [--root] [--window-id number][--install] [--visual visual] [--foreground color] [--hspread int] [--vspread int] [--residual int] [--variance int] [--vartrend int]  [--bloom --no-bloom]  [--bitmap xbm-file] [--baseline int] [--fps]


The xflame program draws animated flames across the bottom of the screen.  The flames occasionally flare up.  If a bitmap is specified, that image will float above the flames, burning.


xflame 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.


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.

--foreground color or --fg color

The color of the flames; default red.  (The background color is always black.)

--bitmap filename

Specifies the bitmap file to use (a monochrome XBM file.) The name "none" means not to use a bitmap at all. If unspecified, a built-in image will be used.

The other options are arcane.  If someone would care to document them, that would be great.


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.

See Also

X(1), xscreensaver(1)


Primarily written by Carsten Haitzler <raster@redhat.com>. Modified over the years by Rahul Jain <rahul@rice.edu>,  Daniel Zahn <stumpy@religions.com>, and Jamie Zawinski <jwz@jwz.org>.


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