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XScreenSaver(1) 					      General Commands Manual						   XScreenSaver(1)

noseguy - a little guy with a big nose wanders around being witty
noseguy [-display host:display.screen] [-foreground color] [-background color] [-text-foreground color] [-text-background color] [-font font] [-window] [-root] [-install] [-visual visual] [-mode mode] [-program program] [-filename le] [-text text]
A little man with a big nose and a hat runs around spewing out messages to the screen. This code (and its bitmaps) were extracted from the xnlock program.
noseguy accepts the following options: -window Draw on a newly-created window. This is the default. -root Draw on the root window. -install Install a private colormap for the window. -visual visual 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. -font font The font used for the messages. -mode [ program | file | string ] In program mode, the messages are gotten by running a program. The program used is controlled by the -program option, and the .program resource. In filename mode, the message used is the contents of a file. The file used is controlled by the -file option, and the .filename resource. In string mode, the message is whatever was specified on the command line as the -text option, or in the resource database as the .text resource. -program program If mode is program (the default), then this program will be run periodically, and its output will be the text of the messages. The default program is "fortune -s", but yow is also a good choice. -filename file If mode is file, then the contents of this file will be used for all messages. -text string If mode is string, then this text will be used for all messages.
DISPLAY to get the default host and display number. XENVIRONMENT to get the name of a resource file that overrides the global resources stored in the RESOURCE_MANAGER property.
X(1), xscreensaver(1), xnlock(1)
Copyright 1985, 1990 by Dan Heller <>.
Dan Heller <>, 1985. Ability to run standalone or with xscreensaver added by Jamie Zawinski <>, 13-aug-92. X Version 11 13-aug-92 XScreenSaver(1)