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       distort - distort the content of the screen in interesting ways


       distort  [-root]  [-window]  [-mono]  [-install]  [-noinstall] [-visual
       visual] [-window-id window-id] [-delay usecs] [-duration secs] [-radius
       pixels]  [-speed  int]  [-number  int]  [-swamp]  [-bounce]  [-reflect]
       [-vortex] [-magnify] [-blackhole] [-slow] [-shm] [-no-shm] [-fps]


       The  distort  program  takes  an  image  and  lets  circular  zones  of
       distortion  wander  randomly  around it, distorting what is under them.
       The mode of distortion and the overall behaviour of the  zones  can  be
       influenced in various ways.

       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.


       distort accepts the following options:

       -root   Draw on the root window.

       -window Draw on a newly-created window. This is the default.

       -mono   If on a color display, pretend we’re on a monochrome display.

               Install a private colormap for the window.

               Don’t 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

       -window-id window-id
               Specify which window id to use.

       -delay usecs
               Specify  the  delay  between  subsequent  animation  frames  in

       -duration seconds
               How long to run  before  loading  a  new  image.   Default  120

       -radius pixels
               Specify the radius of the distortion zone in pixels.

       -speed int
               Specify  the  speed at which the distortion zone moves, where 0
               is slow, higher numbers are faster (10 is pretty fast.)

       -number int
               Specify the number of distortion zones.

       -swamp  Instead of letting zones wander around, let small zones pop  up
               like  bubbles  in  a  swamp  and  leave  permanent  distortion.
               WARNING: this option uses a colossal amount of memory: keep the
               -radius small when using -swamp.

       -bounce Let  zones wander around and bounce off the window border. This
               is the default.

               Mode of distortion that resembles reflection by  a  cylindrical

       -vortex Whirlpool-shaped distortion. Way cool.

               This mode of distortion looks like a magnifying glass.

               Suck your pixels beyond the event horizon. Favourite mode of Dr
               Stephen Hawking.

       -slow   Make the zone wander slower.

       -shm    Use shared memory extension.

       -no-shm Don’t use shared memory extension.

       -fps    Display the current frame rate and CPU load.


       DISPLAY 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.


       X(1), xscreensaver(1), xscreensaver-demo(1), xscreensaver-getimage(1)


       Copyright  ©  1998  by  Jonas Munsin and Jamie Zawinski.  Permission to
       use,  copy,  modify,  distribute,  and  sell  this  software  and   its
       documentation  for  any purpose is hereby granted without fee, provided
       that the above copyright notice appear in all copies and that both that
       copyright  notice  and  this  permission  notice  appear  in supporting
       documentation.  No representations are made about  the  suitability  of
       this  software for any purpose.  It is provided "as is" without express
       or implied warranty.


       Jonas Munsin <> and Jamie Zawinski  <>.   This
       manual page by Matthias Warkus <>, 17-Oct-1999.