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Prints some text to stdout, for use by screen savers.

5.34 (24-Oct-2015)
xscreensaver-text(1)                   XScreenSaver manual                   xscreensaver-text(1)

NAME xscreensaver-text - prints some text to stdout, for use by screen savers.
SYNOPSIS xscreensaver-text [--verbose] [--columns N] [--text STRING] [--file PATH] [--program CMD] [--url URL]
DESCRIPTION The xscreensaver-text script prints out some text for use by various screensavers, accord‐ ing to the options set in the ~/.xscreensaver file. This may dump the contents of a file, run a program, or load a URL.
OPTIONS xscreensaver-text accepts the following options: --columns N or --cols N Where to wrap lines; default 72 columns. --verbose or -v Print diagnostics to stderr. Multiple -v switches increase the amount of output. Command line options may be used to override the settings in the ~/.xscreensaver file: --string STRING Print the given string. It may contain % escape sequences as per strftime(2). --file PATH Print the contents of the given file. If --cols is specified, re-wrap the lines; otherwise, print them as-is. --program CMD Run the given program and print its output. If --cols is specified, re-wrap the output. --url HTTP-URL Download and print the contents of the HTTP document. If it contains HTML, RSS, or Atom, it will be converted to plain-text. Note: this re-downloads the document every time it is run! It might be considered abusive for you to point this at a web server that you do not control!
ENVIRONMENT HTTP_PROXY or http_proxy to get the default HTTP proxy host and port.
BUGS The RSS and Atom output is always ISO-8859-1, regardless of locale. URLs should be cached, use "If-Modified-Since", and obey "Expires".
SEE ALSO xscreensaver-demo(1), xscreensaver(1), fortune(1), phosphor(1), apple2(1), starwars(1), fontglide(1), dadadodo(1), webcollage(1),,, driftnet(1), EtherPEG, EtherPeek
AUTHOR Jamie Zawinski <>, 20-Mar-2005.
X Version 11 5.34 (24-Oct-2015) xscreensaver-text(1)
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refer to dadadodo(1) | driftnet(1) | fortune(1plan9) | xscreensaver(1) | xscreensaver-demo(1)