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       xsnow - let it snow on your desktop and windows


       xsnow [-option .,..]


       Xsnow lets it snow on your desktop and windows (sic!).


       -display display_name
               Drop the snowflakes on the given display. Make sure the display
               is nearby, so you can hear them enjoy...

       -snowflakes num_snowflakes
               This is the number of snowflakes. Default is 100, max is 1000.

       -sc snowflake_color
               Use the given string as the color for the flakes instead of the
               default "snow".

       -bg background_color
               Use the given string as the color for the background. Note that
               the usual default desktop pattern consisting of 50%  white  50%
               black doesn't particularly look good with Xsnow.

               When using solid colored backgrounds specifying this option MAY
               greatly improve performance. (Not  on  SUN  Solaris  2.5.1  for

       -tc tree_color
               Use the given string as the color for the trees.

       -slc sleigh_color
               This  option is obsolete in version 1.41.  Used to be the color
               for the sleigh. Santa has decided not  to  have  you  interfere
               with the color of his means of transportation any more.

       -santa santa_size
               There are 3 sizes of Santa: 0, 1 and 2. Default is 2. Thanks to
               Thomas Linder for the (big) Santa!

       -santaspeed santa_speed
               The speed Santa should not exceed if he  doesn't  want  to  get
               fined.   The  default  speed for Santa size 0 is 1, for Santa 1
               it's 2 and for Big Santa it's 4.

       -santaupdatefactor factor
               This is to slow down Santa with respect to  the  snow.  Default
               the  value  is  3, meaning that Santa is moved only every third
               time the snow flakes move. Specifying zero here  is  considered
               very naughty.

       -delay delay
               This  is  the  number  of  milliseconds  delay  after  updating
               everything.  Default is 50 milliseconds, i.e.  20  updates  per
               second max.

               If  you  specify  this  option the snowflakes will 'whirl' more
               dramatically, resulting in a somewhat jerkier movement.

       -whirl  This sets the whirl factor, i.e. the maximum adjustment of  the
               horizontal speed. The default value is 4.

       -nowind Default  it  gets  windy  now  and then. If you prefer it quiet
               specify -nowind.

       -windtimer period
               With -windtimer you can specify how often it gets  windy.  It's
               sort of a period in seconds, default value is 30.

       -xspeed -yspeed
               These  options  set  the maximum horizontal and vertical speed.
               The default X maximum speed is 4, the default maximum  Y  speed
               is 8.

       -wsnowdepth -ssnowdepth
               This  sets  the maximum thickness of the snow on top of windows
               and at the bottom of  the  display  respectively.  The  default
               snowdepth  for  windows  is 15, at the bottom of the screen the
               default is 50.

       -offset With -offset you can specify that snow  starts  building  up  a
               number  of pixels lower or higher. This is handy if you use twm
               and squeezed window titles.

               Do not display the trees.

               Do not display Santa Claus running all over the screen.

               No Rudolf.

               Do not have snow sticking anywhere.

               Do not keep snow on top of the windows.

               Do not keep snow at the bottom of the screen.

               Xsnow takes care to not let it snow on Pop-up windows,  due  to
               their  nature.  If however, you use an Xserver that has backing
               store on for all windows, then  specify  this  option.  Symptom
               would  be  that  no snow is kept on any window, but only at the
               screen bottom.

               Prints the current Xsnow version and does not start Xsnow.  The
               current version (of this man page) is 1.42, December 14th 2001


               Starts xsnow

       xsnow&  (Mind  the empersand) Starts xsnow as a background process. Use
               this if you start xsnow from a script. To stop xsnow  find  the
               process id (pid) as follows: ps -ef|grep xsnow and use the kill
               command to stop xsnow.

       xsnow -bg SkyBlue3 -sc snow
               Sets the background to a bluish color and lets it snow white.

       xsnow -ssnowdepth 100
               Starts with a thin layer of snow that gradually  builds  up  at
               the bottom of the screen.

       xsnow -santa 2 -santaspeed 10
               Gives you the biggest Santa at a speed that is hardly legal.

       xsnow -delay 100 -notrees
               For slow systems use longer delay and don't draw the trees.

       xsnow -snowflakes 1000 -delay 0
               Uses  the  maximum  number  of  snowflakes  and runs as fast as

       xsnow -bg SkyBlue3 -solidbg
               Sets the background to a bluish color and specify -solidbg  for
               increased performance (depending on your system!).


       See  /usr/lib/X11/rgb.txt  for  the list of colors and their respective
       poetic names, like Chartreuse and SkyBlue3.


       See xroach(1)


       Rick Jansen (


       Copyright    1984,1988,1990,1993-1995,2000-2001    by    Rick    Jansen

       Xsnow  is  available  freely and you may give it to other people as is,
       but I retain all rights. Therefore it  does  not  classify  as  'Public
       Domain'  software.  However,  it  *is*  allowed  to  package  Xsnow for
       Unix/Linux distributions,  CD-Roms  etc,  and  to  make  the  necessary
       changes to makefiles etc. to facilitate this.


       Xsnow borrows some code from xroach by J.T. Anderson (

       Xsnow  uses  vroot.h  for use with virtual window managers.  vroot.h is
       copyright 1991 by Andreas Stolcke, copyright 1990 by Solbourne Computer
       Inc. (stolcke@ICSI.Berkeley.EDU)

       The big Santa was made by Thomas Linder (

       The    idea    and    code    for    wind   are   from   Eiichi   TAZOE

       Xsnow   1.42    works    with    KDE,    thanks    to    Robin    Hogan
       <>, who figured this out for xpenguins 2.2


       System load
       Xsnow  itself  doen't  use  very  much  CPU time, but it can load the X
       server and/or network quite substantially. Use less  snowflakes  and  a
       bigger  delay in such a case. On a standalone workstation there usually
       will not be be any problem. Another improvement can  be  to  specify  a
       solid  background  color with -bg and with this also specify the option
       -solidbg. This may greatly improve performance! DO check  this  though,
       on some systems (SUN Solaris 2.5.1) performance is much WORSE.

       KDE (etc)
       Xsnow  now works with KDE, and some other root window occupying desktop
       management  systems.  On  KDE  your   icons   will   be   snowed   away
       magnificently,  although  that  is  not  harmful for your icons really.
       Simply wipe with a small window where you thought your trash  was,  and
       see  it  appear.   Now you need to scrape your computer screen too, not
       just your car's.

       SGI Irix 5.x
       Silicon Graphics and Irix 5.x users may not see any snow  or  Santa  at
       all,  as long the desktop icons are visible. To circumvent this problem
       issue this command:

         /usr/lib/desktop/telldesktop quit

       The icons will disappear and Xsnow will work perfectly. To restart  the
       desktop    just    start    /usr/lib/desktop/startdesktop   or   select
       Desktop->Home Directory from the toolchest.

       It's even possible to have both - desktop icons  and  xsnow  (and  even
       multiple  desks). You need to modify the window manager's resource file
       4DWm, the file ~/.desktop-`hostname`/4DWm. Example:

       *Global.backgroundDescription:   -execute /etc/killall  -TERM  xsnow  ;
       *Desk  1.backgroundDescription:    -execute  /etc/killall -TERM xsnow ;
       *Desk 2.backgroundDescription:   -execute /etc/killall  -TERM  xsnow  ;

       Restart  the  window manager (4Dwm) from the toolchest and Xsnow should
       appear. What this does is stop the currently running Xsnow and start  a
       new one when you switch to another desktop.

       HP and hp-ux
       HP  also  uses  a Workspace Manager which may interfere with Xsnow.  If
       Xsnow does not appear: In the "Style Manager",  choose  "Backdrop"  and
       select "NoBackdrop".  You should now be able to run Xsnow.

       Snow does not stick?
       On  black-and-white  X  terminals snow may not stick to windows because
       backing store is on. Try specifying the option -nonopopup when starting

       Snow hovering above windows?
       If  you use twm it is possible you see the snow layer hovering a little
       bit above your windows. In that case set BorderWidth 0 in  your  .twmrc
       file.  If  you use windows with 'squeezed title bars' specify a -offset
       to get the snow on the windows itself.


       snowplough(1), your_travel_agent(1)