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slip: sucks your screen into a jet engine


slip - sucks your screen into a jet engine


slip [-display host:display.screen] [-foreground color] [-background color] [-window] [-root] [-mono] [-install] [-visual visual] [-ncolors integer] [-iterations integer] [-points integer] [-delay microseconds] [-delay2 microseconds] [-fps]


The slip program does lots of blits and chews up an image.

The image that it manipulates will be grabbed from the portion of the screen underlying the window, or from the system's video input, or from a random file on disk, as indicated by the grabDesktopImages, grabVideoFrames, and chooseRandomImages options in the ~/.xscreensaver file; see xscreensaver-demo(1) for more details.


slip accepts the following options:
Draw on a newly-created window. This is the default.
Draw on the root 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.
-ncolors integer
How many colors should be used (if possible). Default 200. The colors used cycle through the hue, making N stops around the color wheel.
-count integer
How many whooziwhatsis to generate. Default 35.
-cycles integer
How long to frobnicate. Default 50.
-delay microseconds
How long we should wait between drawing each step. Default 50000, or about 1/20th second.
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.


Copyright © 1992 by Scott Draves.

Permission to use, copy, modify, and distribute this software and its documentation for any purpose and without fee is hereby granted, provided that the above copyright notice appear in all copies and that both that copyright notice and this permission notice appear in supporting documentation.


Scott Graves <spot [at]>.

Ability to run standalone or with xscreensaver added by Jamie Zawinski <jwz [at]>, 18-Oct-93.