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jigsaw(6x) XScreenSaver manual jigsaw(6x)


jigsaw - permute an image like a jigsaw puzzle


jigsaw [--display host:display.screen] [--delay usecs] [--speed ratio] [--complexity ratio] [--resolution int] [--thickness float] [--no-wobble] [--fps] [--visual visual] [--window] [--root] [--window-id number]


The jigsaw program loads an image, carves it up into a jigsaw puzzle, shuffles it, and then solves it.

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-settings(1) for more details.


jigsaw accepts the following options:

How long to wait between animation frames; default 20000.
Less than 1 for slower, greater than 1 for faster. Default 1.
Less than 1 for simpler puzzles (fewer pieces), greater than 1 for more complex puzzles (more pieces). Default 1.
Smoothness of the edges of the pieces. Less than 1 for rougher pieces (fewer polygons), greater than 1 for more smoother pieces (more polygons). Default 1.
Thickness of the puzzle pieces (relative to their width). Default 0.06.
Keep the display stationary instead of very slowly wobbling back and forth.
Display the current frame rate, polygon count, and CPU load.
Draw on a newly-created window. This is the default.
Draw on the root window.
--window-id number
Draw on the specified window.
Install a private colormap for the window.
Specify which visual to use. Legal values are the name of a visual class, or the id number (decimal or hex) of a specific visual.


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.
The window ID to use with --root.


X(1), xscreensaver(1), xscreensaver-settings(1), xscreensaver-getimage(6x)


Copyright © 1997 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 <>, 25-Nov-97.

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