hypercube - 2d projection of a 4d object


hypercube [-display host:display.screen] [-foreground color] [-background color] [-color[0-7] color] [-xy float] [-xz float] [-yz float] [-xw float] [-yw float] [-zw float] [-observer-z int] [-delay usecs] [-window] [-root] [-mono] [-install] [-visual visual] [-fps]


The hypercube program displays a wireframe projection of a hypercube which is rotating at user-specified rates around any or all of its four axes.


hypercube accepts the following options:
-window Draw on a newly-created window. This is the default.
-root Draw on the root window.
-mono If on a color display, pretend we’re on a monochrome display.
-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.
-delay microseconds
 How much of a delay should be introduced between steps of the animation. Default 100000, or about 1/10th second.
-observer-z int
 How far away the observer is from the center of the cube (the cube is one unit per side.) Default 5.
-color0 color
-color1 color
-color2 color
-color3 color
-color4 color
-color5 color
-color6 color
-color7 color
 The colors used to draw the line segments bordering the eight faces of the cube. Some of the faces have only two of their border-lines drawn in the specified color, and some have all four.
-xw float
-xy float
-xz float
-yw float
-yz float
-zw float
The amount that the cube should be rotated around the specified axis at each frame of the animation, expressed in 0.001 radians. These should be small floating-point values (less than 50 works best.) Default: xy=3, xz=5, yw=10.
-fps Display the current frame rate and CPU load.


DISPLAY to get the default host and display number.
 to get the name of a resource file that overrides the global resources stored in the RESOURCE_MANAGER property.


X(1), xscreensaver(1)


Copyright © 1992 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 <>, 6-dec-92.

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