Provided by: xscreensaver-data_5.11-1ubuntu2_i386 bug


       xscreensaver-getimage  -  put  some randomly-selected image on the root


       xscreensaver-getimage   [-display   host:display.screen]    [--verbose]
       window-id [pixmap-id]


       The   xscreensaver-getimage   program  is  a  helper  program  for  the
       xscreensaver hacks that manipulate images.  This is  not  a  user-level

       This  program  selects  a  random  image,  and puts it on the specified
       window or pixmap.  This image might be a snapshot of the desktop; or  a
       frame  captured  from  the system's video input; or a randomly-selected
       image from disk.

       If only a window ID is specified, the image will be painted there.   If
       both  a window ID and a pixmap ID are specified, then the image will be
       painted on the pixmap; and the window may be modified as a side-effect.


       xscreensaver-getimage  reads the ~/.xscreensaver file for configuration
       information.  It uses these settings:

           Whether it is acceptable to grab snapshots  of  the  desktop.   The
           security  paranoid  might  want  to turn this off, to avoid letting
           people see (but not  touch!)  your  desktop  while  the  screen  is

           Whether  it is acceptable to grab frames of video from the system's
           video  input.   Grabbing  of  video  is  done   by   invoking   the
           xscreensaver-getimage-video(1) program.

           Whether  it  is  acceptable to display random images found on disk.
           Selection  and  loading  of  images  is  done   by   invoking   the
           xscreensaver-getimage-file(1) program.

           When  loading  images  from  disk, this is the directory to search.
           The directory will be searched recursively, and all files in it are
           assumed to be images.

       If none of the three options are set to True, then video colorbars will
       be displayed instead.


       When grabbing desktop images, the window argument will be unmapped  and
       have  its  contents  modified,  causing flicker.  (This does not happen
       when loading image files or video frames.)


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


       Copyright (C) 2001 by 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


       Jamie Zawinski <>, 14-Apr-01