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xspirograph - Man Page

simulates the rotation of a disk inside a circular rim


xspirograph [--display host:display.screen] [--window] [--root] [--window-id number][--install] [--visual visual]  [--delay seconds]  [--subdelay useconds]  [--layers integer] [--alwaysfinish] [--noalwaysfinish] [--fps]


xspirograph draws patterns such as those made by a spirograph, that is, the curve traced by a point on a circular disk rotating on the inside of a hollow circular rim.


xspirograph 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.

--delay secs

The delay between finishing one draw and starting the next. Default: 5 seconds.

--subdelay usec

The time to delay between each hundred line draws.  Use this if you want to see the pattern form.  Default: 0.

--alwaysfinish --noalwaysfinish

If you want each pattern to draw until it is done, specify the first. Otherwise, they will stop after a set number of iterations.  Default:  no.

--layers integer

Number of pairs of patterns to draw between each erase.



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)


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