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 time.

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

   General options:
       <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 "#123456".
       <f> denotes a file name, like "/home/rick/Pictures/background.jpg".

       -h, -help
              print this text.

       -H, -manpage
              print man page.

       -v, -version
              prints version of xsnow.

              prints ChangeLog.

              put tar ball on stdout, so you can do:
              xsnow -selfrep > xsnow.tar.gz

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

       -screen <n>
              If you have multiple monitors: snow in monitor n.
              -1: use all monitors (default: -1)
              Note: for this to work, Xinerama has to be functional.

       -outline <n>
              1: draw outline around snow window. 0: no outline.
              Default: 0.
              Note: snow-buildup on windows only in active sceen.

              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 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

       -transparency <n>
              Transparency in % (default: 0)

       -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 desktop.

              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:
              Make sure xscreensaver is running, either as a start-up application
              or from the command line, e.g:
                 nohup xscreensaver &
                  nohup xscreensaver -no-capture-stderr &
              Run the program xscreensaver-demo to create the file ~/.xscreensaver
              In the file ~.xscreensaver add after the line 'programs:' this line:
                  xsnow -root
              Use the program xscreensaver-demo to select xsnow as screensaver.
              You probably want to select: Mode: Only One Screen Saver.

       -bg <f>
              file to be used as background when running under xscreensaver.

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

       -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: #fffafa).

       -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: #7fff00).  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).

              Allow scenery items to overlap each other (default).

              Do not allow scenery items to overlap each other.

   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

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

              (Default) Show meteors.

              Do not show meteors.

              Frequency of falling of meteors, 0..100 (default: 40).

       -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).

       -aurora <n>
              To show (1) or not to show(0) aurora (default: 1).
                On most desktops aurora works, but not on all. Try!

              Place aurora in top left of screen.

              Place aurora in top middle of screen.

              Place aurora in top right of screen (default).

       -aurorawidth <n>
              Width of aurora in percentage of screen width (default: 60).

       -aurorabase <n>
              Height of aurora's base line in percentage of screen height (default: 50).

       -auroraheight <n>
              Height of aurora (default: 30).

       -auroraspeed <n>
              Animation speed of aurora (default: 50).
                 10: about real value, 100: timelapse.

       -aurorabrightness <n>
              Brightness of aurora (default: 15).

   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: 50).

       -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 -8.

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

       -ignoretop <n>
              Do not collect snow on window > 0.8*width of screen and closer than <n>  pixels  from  the  top.  Sometimes  an
              hidden window is sitting there, but treated as a normal window by xsnow. Default 0.

       -ignorebottom <n>
              Analog to -ignoretop, but now for the bottom. 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).

       -attrspace <n>
              Vertical space to be used by the attraction point (default: 40).

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

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

       -birdsscale <n>
              Scalefactor used painting the birds (default: 100).

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

              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.

       In general, xsnow works better when using a compositing window manager like xcompmgr, compton or picom.  However, with
       some window managers (FVWM for example), the xsnow-window is transparent, but not click-through.  Flags to be tried in
       this case include: -root, -doublebuffer, -xwininfo, -id.
       Here follow some window managers with their issues:

       Tiling window managers
              Here you need to float windows with class=Xsnow.

              Without compositor: no issues.
              With compositor: no click-through xsnow window, and issues with multi-monitor setup.

       BSPWM  No issues if you add to your bspwmrc (the bspwm configuration file):
                  bspc rule -a Xsnow state=floating border=off

              No issues.

       DWM    No issues, except the "Below Windows" setting in the "settings" panel.

              With one monitor: no issuses.
              With more montors: probems with showing in 'all monitors'

              Without compositor: no issues.
              With compositor: no click-through xsnow window

       FVWM   Without compositor: no issues.
              With compositor: no click-through xsnow window

       GNOME on Xorg
              No issues.

       GNOME on Wayland
              Most windows don't catch snow.

              No issues.

       I3     Without compositor: windows don't catch snow, use the next line in "config":
                  for_window [class="Xsnow"] floating enable;border none
              With compositor: unworkable.

       JVM    No issues.

       LXDE   With compositor: no issues.
              Without compositor: works with one monitor.
              Maybe you need to run with the flag -xwininfo

       LXQT   Without compositor: unworkable.  With compositor: no issues.

       MATE   No issues.

              No issues.

       PLASMA (KDE)
              No issues.

              Various issues. In any case you need in spectrwm.conf:
                  quirk[Xsnow] = FLOAT

       TWM    Without compositor: no issues.
              With compositor: no click-through xsnow window and
              you need to tweak settings->lift snow on windows.

              Without compositor: no issues.  With compositor: no click-through xsnow window

       XFCE   No issues when compositing is on, unworkable when compositing is off.
              See settings -> Window Manager Tweaks -> Compositor

       XMONAD No issues if you add to your xmonad.hs:
               import XMonad.Hooks.EwmhDesktops
               xmonad $ ewmh $ defaultConfig
               in the ManageHook section:
                  className = ? "Xsnow" --> doFloat

       - 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 meteors 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.
       - Xsnow does not play well with 'xcompmgr -a'. In some environments
           (Raspberry 64 bit) xcompmgr is started with the flag '-a',
           resulting in a black snow window. Remedy:
           In a terminal window type:
             killall xcompmgr
             nohup xcompmgr -n &
           and try again.
       - In XFCE, compositing must be enabled for xsnow.
           Settings -> Window Manager Tweaks -> Compositor -> Enable display compositing
       - 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

xsnow-3.5.4~pre22                                            2022                                                    XSNOW(6)