XSNOW(6)                         User Commands                        XSNOW(6)

       xsnow - Snow and Santa on your desktop

       xsnow [OPTION]...

       Xsnow  shows an animation of Santa and snow on your desktop.  Xsnow can
       also run in one or more windows, see options -xwininfo, -id  .   (These
       options only work satisfactorily in an X11 environment.)  Xsnow depends
       on an X11 environment.  This  is  forced  by  setting  the  environment
       variable  GDK_BACKEND=x11 before initializing the GTK.  Hopefully, this
       will ensure that xsnow also runs in  a  Wayland  environment  for  some

       If xsnow is misbehaving, try to remove the file $HOME/.xsnowrc.

   General options:
       Below: <n> denotes an unsigned decimal (e.g 123) or octal (e.g. 017) or
       hex (e.g.  0x50009)  number.   <c>  denotes  a  string  like  "red"  or

       -h, -help
              print this text.

       -H, -manpage
              print man page.

       -v, -version
              prints version of xsnow.

       -display name
              Drop the snowflakes on the given display.  Make sure the display
              is nearby, so you can hear them enjoy...

              Run xsnow in vintage settings.

              Do not read config file (see FILES).

              Do not read or write config file (see FILES).

              Start with hidden interactive menu.

              Do not start and show interactive menu.

       -scale <n>
              Apply scalefactor (default: 100).

       -doublebuffer <n>
              1:  use  double  buffering;  0:  do  not  use  double  buffering
              (default:   1).    Only  effective  with  '-root'  or  '-id'  or

       -theme <n>
              1: use xsnow theme for menu; 0: use system theme (default: 1)

       -checkgtk <n>
              0: Do not check gtk version before starting the user  interface.
              1:  Check  gtk  version  before  starting  the  user  interface.
              (default: 1).

       -id <n>, -window-id <n>
              Snow in window with id (for example from xwininfo).

              Act as if window is a desktop.

       -allworkspaces <n>
              0: use one desktop for snow, 1: use all desktops (default: 1).

       -above Snow above your windows. Default is to snow below your  windows.
              NOTE:  in  some  environments  this  results  in an un-clickable

              Use a cursor to point at the window you  want  the  snow  to  be
              fallen in.

       -stopafter <n>
              Stop xsnow after so many seconds.

       -root  Force to paint on (virtual) root window.
              Use this for xscreensaver: in ~.xscreensaver add:
                  xsnow -root
              On  some systems you need to add the flag -nomenu to disable the
                  xsnow -root -nomenu
              Probably, you want to start xscreensaver as follows:
                  xscreensaver -no-capture-stderr

       -noisy Write extra info about some  mouse  clicks,  X  errors  etc,  to

       -cpuload <n>
              How busy is your system with xsnow: the higher, the more load on
              the system (default: 100).

   Snow options:
       -snowflakes <n>
              The higher,  the  more  snowflakes  are  generated  per  second.
              Default: 100.

              (Default) Animate blow-off snow.

              Do not animate blowing snow from trees or windows

       -sc <c>
              Use the given string as color for the flakes (default: snow).

       -snowspeedfactor <n>
              Multiply the speed of snow with this number/100 (default: 100).

       -snowsize <n>
              Set size of (non-vintage) snow flakes (default: 8).

       -snow  (Default) Show snow.

       -nosnow -nosnowflakes
              Do not show snow.

       -flakecountmax <n>
              Maximum number of active flakes (default: 300).

       -blowofffactor <n>
              The  higher,  the  more  snow is generated in blow-off scenarios
              (default: 40).

   Tree options:
       -treetype <n>[,<n> ...]
              Choose   tree   types:   minimum   0,   maximum   7    (default:
              1,2,3,4,5,6,7,).   Thanks  to  Carla  Vermin  for  numbers  >=3!
              Credits: Image by b0red on Pixabay.

       -treetype all
              (Default) Use all non-vintage available tree types.

       -tc <c>
              Use the given string as the color for the vintage tree (default:
              chartreuse).  Works only for treetype 0.

              Do not display the trees.

              (Default) Display the trees.

       -trees <n>
              Desired number of trees. Default 10.

       -treefill <n>
              Region  in percents of the height of the window where trees grow
              (default: 30).

   Santa options:
              (Default) Display Santa running all over the screen.

              Do not display Santa running all over the screen.

              (Default) With Rudolph.

              No Rudolph.

       -santa <n>
              The minimum size of Santa is 0, the maximum size is  4.  Default
              is  3.   Thanks to Thomas Linder for the (big) Santa 2!  Santa 3
              is derived from Santa 2, and shows the required eight  reindeer.
              The  appearance  of  Santa  4 may be a surprise, thanks to Carla
              Vermin for this one.

       -santaspeedfactor <n>
              The speed Santa should not be excessive if he  doesn't  want  to
              get  fined.  The  appropriate speed for the Santa chosen will be
              multiplied by santaspeedfactor/100 (default: 100).

   Celestial options:
       -wind  (Default) It will get windy now and then.

              By default it gets windy now  and  then.  If  you  prefer  quiet
              weather specify -nowind.

       -whirlfactor <n>
              This  sets  the whirl factor, i.e. the maximum adjustment of the
              horizontal speed. The default value is 100.

       -windtimer <n>
              With -windtimer you can specify how often it gets   windy.  It's
              sort of a period in seconds, default value is 30.

       -stars <n>
              The number of stars (default: 20).

              (Default) Show meteorites.

              Do not show meteorites.

       -moon <n>
              1: show moon, 0: do not show moon (default: 1).
              Picture of moon thanks to  Pedro Lasta on Unsplash.

       -moonspeed <n>
              Speed of moon in pixels/minute (default: 120).

       -moonsize <n>
              Realtive size of moon (default: 100).

       -halo <n>
              1: show halo around moon, 0: do not show halo (default: 1).

       -halobrightness <n>
              Brightness of halo (default: 25).

   Fallen snow options:
       -wsnowdepth <n>
              Maximum thickness of snow on top of windows (default: 30).

       -ssnowdepth <n>
              Maximum  thickness of snow at the bottom of the screen (default:

       -maxontrees <n>
              Maximum number of flakes on trees. Default 200.

              (Default) Keep snow on top of the windows.

              Do not keep snow on top of the windows.

              (Default) Keep snow at the bottom of the screen.

              Do not keep snow at the bottom of the screen.

              (Default) Keep snow on trees.

              Do not keep snow on trees.

              (Default) Have snow sticking anywhere.

              Do not have snow sticking anywhere.

              (Default) Create fluff on fallen snow.

              Do not create fluff on fallen snow.

       -offsetx <n>
              Correction for window-manager provided x-coordinate  of  window.
              Default 4.

       -offsety <n>
              Correction  for window-manager provided  y-coordinate of window.
              Default 0.

       -offsetw <n>
              Correction for window-manager provided width of window.  Default

       -offsets <n>
              Correction  for  bottom  coordinate  of  your screen. A negative
              value lifts the xsnow screen up. Default 0.

   Birds options:
       -anarchy <n>
              Anarchy factor ( 0..100 default: 50).

       -birdscolor <c>
              Use the given string as color for the birds (default: #361A07).

       -birdsonly <n>
              Show only birds ( 0/1 default: 0).

       -birdsspeed <n>
              Speed of birds ( 0..300 default: 100).

       -disweight <n>
              Eagerness to keep desired distance ( 0..100 default: 20).

       -focuscentre <n>
              Eagerness to fly to the focus ( 0..300 default: 100).

       -followneighbours <n>
              Eagerness to follow neighbours ( 0..100 default: 30).

       -nbirds <n>
              Number of birds ( 0..400 default: 70).

       -neighbours <n>
              Number of neighbours to watch ( 0..20 default: 7).

       -prefdistance <n>
              Preferred distance to neighbours ( 0..100 default: 40).

       -showbirds <n>
              Show birds ( 0/1 default: 1).

       -showattr <n>
              Show attraction point ( 0/1 default: 0).

       -followsanta <n>
              Birds like Santa ( 0/1 default: 0).

       -viewingdistance <n>
              Viewing distance ( 0..95 default: 40).

              Settings are read from and written  to  this  file.   See  flags
              -noconfig and -defaults how to influence this behaviour.
                  NOTE: the following settings are not read or written:
                        -above  -defaults  -desktop  -fullscreen -noconfig -id
                        -nomenu   -stopafter   -xwininfo   -display     -noisy

              If present, xsnow will try this file for displaying  the  trees.
              The    format    must    be   xpm   (X   PixMap)   format,   see
              https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X_PixMap .
                  NOTE: when this file is present, no menu will appear.

              where <n> = 1,2,3,4.  If present, xsnow will try this  files  (4
              of them) for displaying Santa. The format must be xpm (X PixMap)
              format, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X_PixMap .
                  NOTE: when these files are present, no menu will appear.

           $ xsnow -defaults        # run with defaults.
           $ xsnow                  # run using values from the config file.
           $ xsnow -treetype 1,2    # use tree types 1 and 2.

       - Xsnow needs a complete rewrite: the code is a mess.
       - The flags are not consistent, caused by trying to be
           compatible with older versions.
       - Xsnow stresses the Xserver too much.
       - Xsnow does run in Wayland, but will not snow on all windows.
       - Xsnow tries to create a click-through window. This is not successful
         in for example FVWM/xcompmgr. In that case, xsnow tries to keep
         the snow window below all others, resulting in a transient effect
         when you click on the desktop. Sadly, no FVWM menu will appear...
       - Remnants of fluffy snow can persist after removing the
           fallen snow. These will gradually disappear, so no big deal.
       - Remnants of meteorites can persist after passage of Santa.
           These will eventually be wiped out by snow or Santa.
       - Xsnow tries to adapt its snowing window if the display
           settings are changed while xsnow is running.
           This does not function always well.
       - In multi-screen environments, it depends on the display settings
           if it is snowing on all screens. Experiment!

       This is free software; see the source for copying conditions.  There is
       NO  warranty;  not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR

xsnow-3.3.2                          2021                             XSNOW(6)