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rorschach(6x) XScreenSaver manual rorschach(6x)


rorschach - simulate ink-blot patterns


rorschach [--display host:display.screen] [--foreground color] [--background color] [--window] [--root] [--window-id number][--mono] [--install] [--visual visual] [--iterations integer] [--offset integer] [--xsymmetry] [--ysymmetry] [--erase-speed usecs] [--delay secs] [--fps]


The rorschach program draws random patterns reminiscent of the psychological test of same name.


rorschach accepts the following options:

Draw on a newly-created window. This is the default.
Draw on the root window.
--window-id number
Draw on the specified window.
If on a color display, pretend we're on a monochrome display.
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.
How many dots should be drawn each time. Default 4000.
How far apart the dots should be. Default 4 pixels.
Whether the images should be horizontally symmetrical. Default true.
Whether the images should be vertically symmetrical. Default false.
This controls the speed at which the screen will be erased. (Delay between erasing of individual lines.)
This sets the number of seconds that the figure will be on the screen.
Display the current frame rate and CPU load.


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.


May call your sanity into question.


X(1), xscreensaver(1)


Copyright © 1992 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 <>, 13-aug-92.

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