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       xscreensaver-demo  -  interactively control the background xscreensaver


       xscreensaver-demo [-display host:display.screen] [-prefs] [--debug]


       The xscreensaver-demo program is a graphical front-end for setting  the
       parameters  used  by  the  background  xscreensaver(1)  daemon.   It is
       essentially two things: a tool for editing  the  ~/.xscreensaver  file;
       and a tool for demoing the various graphics hacks that the xscreensaver
       daemon will launch.

       The main window consists of a menu bar and two tabbed pages.  The first
       page  is  for  editing the list of demos, and the second is for editing
       various other parameters of the screensaver.


       All of these commands are on either the File or Help menus:

       Blank Screen Now
           Activates the background xscreensaver daemon, which will then run a
           demo  at  random.   This  is  the  same  as  running  xscreensaver-
           command(1) with the -activate option.

       Lock Screen Now
           Just like Blank Screen Now, except the screen  will  be  locked  as
           well  (even if it is not configured to lock all the time.)  This is
           the same as running xscreensaver-command(1) with the -lock option.

       Kill Daemon
           If the xscreensaver daemon is running  on  this  screen,  kill  it.
           This  is the same as running xscreensaver-command(1) with the -exit

       Restart Daemon
           If the xscreensaver daemon is running  on  this  screen,  kill  it.
           Then  launch  it  again.  This is the same as doing ``xscreensaver-
           command -exit'' followed by ``xscreensaver''.

           Note that it  is  not  the  same  as  doing  ``xscreensaver-command

           Exits   the   xscreensaver-demo   program  (this  program)  without
           affecting the background xscreensaver daemon, if any.

           Displays the version number of this program, xscreensaver-demo.

           Opens up a web browser looking at the XScreenSaver web page,  where
           you    can    find    online   copies   of   the   xscreensaver(1),
           xscreensaver-demo(1), and xscreensaver-command(1) manuals.


       This page contains a list of the names of the various display modes,  a
       preview  area,  and  some  fields  that  let you configure screen saver

           This option menu controls the behavior of the  screen  saver.   The
           options are:

               Disable Screen Saver
                       Don't  ever  blank the screen, and don't ever allow the
                       monitor to power down.

               Blank Screen Only
                       When blanking the screen, just go black: don't run  any
                       graphics hacks.

               Only One Screen Saver
                       When  blanking the screen, only ever use one particular
                       display mode (the one selected in the list.)

               Random Screen Saver
                       When blanking the screen, select a random display  mode
                       from among those that are enabled and applicable.  This
                       is the default.

               Random Same Saver
                       This option only appears if you have multiple monitors.
                       This  is just like Random Screen Saver, except that the
                       same randomly-chosen display mode will be  run  on  all
                       monitors, instead of a different one being run on each.

       Demo List
           Double-clicking  in  the  list on the left will let you try out the
           indicated demo.  The screen will go black, and the program will run
           in  full-screen  mode,  just as it would if the xscreensaver daemon
           had launched it.  Clicking the mouse again will stop the  demo  and
           un-blank the screen, making the dialog box visible again.

           Single-clicking  in  the list will run it in the small preview pane
           on the right.  (But  beware:  many  of  the  display  modes  behave
           somewhat  differently  when  running  in  full-screen  mode, so the
           scaled-down view might not give an accurate impression.)

           When Mode is set to Random Screen Saver, each name in the list  has
           a  checkbox  next to it: this controls whether this display mode is
           enabled.  If it is unchecked, then that mode will  not  be  chosen.
           (Though  you  can still run it explicitly by double-clicking on its

       Arrow Buttons
           Beneath the list are a pair of up and down arrows. Clicking on  the
           down  arrow  will select the next item in the list, and then run it
           in full-screen mode, just as if you had double-clicked on it.   The
           up  arrow  goes  the other way.  This is just a shortcut for trying
           out all of the display modes in turn.

       Blank After
           After the user has been idle this  long,  the  xscreensaver  daemon
           will blank the screen.

       Cycle After
           After the screensaver has been running for this long, the currently
           running graphics demo will be killed, and a new  one  started.   If
           this  is  0, then the graphics demo will never be changed: only one
           demo  will  run  until  the  screensaver  is  deactivated  by  user

       Lock Screen
           When this is checked, the screen will be locked when it activates.

       Lock Screen After
           This  controls  the length of the ``grace period'' between when the
           screensaver activates, and when the  screen  becomes  locked.   For
           example,  if this is 5 minutes, and Blank After is 10 minutes, then
           after 10 minutes, the  screen  would  blank.   If  there  was  user
           activity  at  12 minutes, no password would be required to un-blank
           the screen.  But, if there was user activity at 15 minutes or later
           (that  is,  Lock  Screen  After  minutes  after  activation) then a
           password would be required.  The default  is  0,  meaning  that  if
           locking is enabled, then a password will be required as soon as the
           screen blanks.

           This button, below the small preview window, runs the demo in full-
           screen  mode  so  that  you can try it out.  This is the same thing
           that happens when you double-click an element in the  list.   Click
           the mouse to dismiss the full-screen preview.

           This  button  will pop up a dialog where you can configure settings
           specific to the display mode selected in the list.


       This tab lets you change various  settings  used  by  the  xscreensaver
       daemon itself, rather than its sub-programs.

       Grab Desktop Images
           Some  of  the  graphics hacks manipulate images.  If this option is
           selected, then they are allowed to manipulate  the  desktop  image,
           that  is,  a  display  mode  might  draw  a picture of your desktop
           melting, or being distorted in  some  way.   The  security-paranoid
           might  want  to disable this option, because if it is set, it means
           that the windows on your desktop will occasionally be visible while
           your screen is locked.  Others will not be able to do anything, but
           they may be able to see whatever you left on your screen.

       Grab Video Frames
           If your system has a video capture card, selecting this option will
           allow  the  image-manipulating modes to capture a frame of video to
           operate on.

       Choose Random Image
           If this option is  set,  then  the  image-manipulating  modes  will
           select  a  random  image  file  from  disk,  from the directory you
           specify  in  the  text  entry  field.   That  directory   will   be
           recursively  searched  for  files,  and  it is assumed that all the
           files under that directory are images.

           If more than one of these options are selected, then  one  will  be
           chosen  at  random.  If none of them are selected, then an image of
           video colorbars will be used instead.

           (All   three   of   these   options   work    by    invoking    the
           xscreensaver-getimage(1)  program,  which is what actually does the

       Text Manipulation
           Some of  the  display  modes  display  and  manipulate  text.   The
           following  options  control  how  that  text  is generated.  (These
           parameters  control  the  behavior  of   the   xscreensaver-text(1)
           program, which is what actually does the work.)

       Host Name and Time
           If  this  checkbox  is  selected,  then the text used by the screen
           savers will be the local host name, date, time, and system load.

           If this checkbox is selected, then the literal text  typed  in  the
           field  to  its  right  will  be  used.   If  it  contains  % escape
           sequences, they will be expanded as per strftime(2).

       Text File
           If  this  checkbox  is  selected,  then   the   contents   of   the
           corresponding file will be displayed.

           If  this  checkbox is selected, then the given program will be run,
           and its output will be displayed.

       URL If this checkbox is selected, then  the  given  HTTP  URL  will  be
           downloaded  and  displayed  repeatedly.   If  the document contains
           HTML, RSS, or Atom, it will be converted to plain-text first.

           Note: this re-downloads the document every time  the  screen  saver
           runs  out of text!  It might be considered abusive for you to point
           this at a web server that you do not control, as it  will  probably
           be hitting that server multiple times a minute.

       Power Management Enabled
           Whether  the  monitor  should  be  powered  down  after a period of

           If this option is grayed out, it  means  your  X  server  does  not
           support  the  XDPMS  extension,  and  so control over the monitor's
           power state is not available.

           If you're using a laptop, don't be surprised if this has no effect:
           many  laptops have monitor power-saving behavior built in at a very
           low level that is invisible to Unix and X.  On  such  systems,  you
           can  typically  only  adjust  the  power-saving  delays by changing
           settings in the BIOS in some hardware-specific way.

       Standby After
           If Power Management Enabled is selected, the monitor will go  black
           after  this  much  idle  time.   (Graphics demos will stop running,

       Suspend After
           If Power Management Enabled is selected, the monitor will  go  into
           power-saving  mode after this much idle time.  This duration should
           be greater than or equal to Standby.

       Off After
           If Power Management Enabled is selected,  the  monitor  will  fully
           power  down  after  this  much  idle time.  This duration should be
           greater than or equal to Suspend.

       Quick Power-off in Blank Only Mode
           If the display mode is  set  to  Blank  Screen  Only  and  this  is
           checked,  then  the  monitor  will  be powered off immediately upon
           blanking, regardless of the other  power-management  settings.   In
           this  way,  the  power  management  idle-timers  can  be completely
           disabled, but the screen will be powered  off  when  black.   (This
           might be preferable on laptops.)

       Fade To Black When Blanking
           If  selected,  then  when  the  screensaver  activates, the current
           contents of the screen will fade to black instead of simply winking
           out.   (Note:  this  doesn't work with all X servers.)  A fade will
           also be done when switching graphics hacks (when  the  Cycle  After

       Unfade From Black When Unblanking
           The  complement  to  Fade  Colormap:  if  selected,  then  when the
           screensaver deactivates, the original contents of the  screen  will
           fade  in from black instead of appearing immediately.  This is only
           done if Fade Colormap is also selected.

       Fade Duration
           When fading or unfading are selected, this controls  how  long  the
           fade will take.

       Install Colormap
           On  8-bit  screens, whether to install a private colormap while the
           screensaver is active, so that the graphics hacks can get  as  many
           colors as possible.  This does nothing if you are running in 16-bit
           or better.

       There are more settings than these available, but these  are  the  most
       commonly  used  ones;  see  the  manual  for  xscreensaver(1) for other
       parameters that can be set by editing the ~/.xscreensaver file, or  the
       X resource database.


       When  you  click  on  the  Settings  button on the Display Modes tab, a
       configuration dialog will pop up that lets you  customize  settings  of
       the  selected  display  mode.   Each  display  mode  has its own custom
       configuration controls on the left side.

       On the right side is a paragraph or two describing  the  display  mode.
       Below  that  is  a  Documentation  button that will display the display
       mode's manual page, if it has one, in a new window (since each  of  the
       display  modes is actually a separate program, they each may have their
       own manual.)

       The Advanced button reconfigures the dialog box so that  you  can  edit
       the  display  mode's  command  line  directly,  instead  of  using  the
       graphical controls.  It also lets you configure the X visual type  that
       this  mode  will require.  If you specify one (other than Any) then the
       program will only be run on that kind of visual.  For example, you  can
       specify  that  a  particular  program  should  only  be run if color is
       available, and another should only  be  run  in  monochrome.   See  the
       discussion  of  the  programs parameter in the Configuration section of
       the xscreensaver(1) manual.  (OpenGL programs should always have  their
       visual set to "GL".)


       xscreensaver-demo accepts the following command line options.

       -display host:display.screen
               The  X display to use.  The xscreensaver-demo program will open
               its window on that display, and also control  the  xscreensaver
               daemon that is managing that same display.

       -prefs  Start  up  with the Advanced tab selected by default instead of
               the Display Modes tab.

       -debug  Causes lots of diagnostics to be printed on stderr.

       It is important that the xscreensaver and  xscreensaver-demo  processes
       be running on the same machine, or at least, on two machines that share
       a file system.  When xscreensaver-demo writes  a  new  version  of  the
       ~/.xscreensaver  file,  it's  important  that the xscreensaver see that
       same file.  If the two processes are seeing  different  ~/.xscreensaver
       files, things will malfunction.


       DISPLAY to get the default host and display number.

       PATH    to  find  the sub-programs to run.  However, note that the sub-
               programs are actually launched by the xscreensaver daemon,  not
               by  xscreensaver-demo  itself.   So, what matters is what $PATH
               the xscreensaver program sees.

       HOME    for the directory in which to read and write the  .xscreensaver

               to  get  the  name of a resource file that overrides the global
               resources stored in the RESOURCE_MANAGER property.

       HTTP_PROXY or http_proxy
               to get the default HTTP proxy host and port.


       The     latest     version     can     always     be      found      at


       X(1),             xscreensaver(1),             xscreensaver-command(1),
       xscreensaver-getimage(1), xscreensaver-text(1)


       Copyright (C) 1992, 1993, 1997, 1998, 1999,  2000,  2001,  2002,  2003,
       2004,  2005  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 <>, 13-aug-92.

       Please let me know if you find any bugs or make any improvements.