xscreensaver-text(6) XScreenSaver manual xscreensaver-text(6)

xscreensaver-text - prints some text to stdout, for use by screen savers.

xscreensaver-text [--verbose] [--columns N] [--lines N] [--latin1] [--date] [--text STRING] [--file PATH] [--program CMD] [--url URL]

The xscreensaver-text script prints out some text for use by various screensavers, according to the options set in the ~/.xscreensaver file. This may dump the contents of a file, run a program, or load a URL. The text is reformatted and wrapped as appropriate.

xscreensaver-text accepts the following options:

Print diagnostics to stderr. Multiple -v switches increase the amount of output.
Where to wrap lines; default 72 columns.
Truncate output to at most this many lines. Default: unlimited.
Convert any UTF-8 characters in the input to their closest Latin1 equivalent for output.

Command line options may be used to override the settings in the ~/.xscreensaver file:

Print the host name and current time.
Print out the given text. It may contain % escape sequences as per strftime(2).
Print the contents of the given file, re-formatting it as per the other options.
Run the given program and print its output, re-formatting it as per the other options.
Download and print the contents of the web page. If it contains HTML, RSS, or Atom, it will be converted to plain-text. This re-downloads the document every time it is run.

to get the default proxy host and port.

URLs should be cached, use "If-Modified-Since", and obey "Expires".

xscreensaver-settings(1), xscreensaver(1), fortune(1), phosphor(6), apple2(6), starwars(6), fontglide(6), dadadodo(1), webcollage(6),

Copyright © 2005-2021 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 <jwz@jwz.org>, 20-Mar-2005.

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