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


       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 command.

       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 locked.

           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 find them in.  The directory
           will be searched recursively for images.

           It may also be the URL of an RSS or Atom feed, in which case a random image from  that
           feed  will  be  selected instead.  The contents of the feed will be cached locally and
           refreshed periodically as needed.

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


       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


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


       Copyright © 2001-2011 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 warranty.


       Jamie Zawinski <>, 14-Apr-01