imsmap - generate fractal maps


imsmap [-display host:display.screen] [-foreground color] [-background color] [-window] [-root] [-mono] [-install] [-visual visual] [-ncolors int] [-delay seconds] [-delay2 microseconds] [-iterations int] [-mode h|s|v|random] [-fps]


The imsmap program generates map or cloud-like patterns. It looks quite different in monochrome and color.


imsmap 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.
-ncolors integer
 How many colors to use. Default 50.
-delay integer
 How long to delay between images. Default 10 seconds.
-delay2 integer
 How long to delay between bitmaps. Default 200000 (0.2 seconds).
-iterations integer
 A measure of the resolution of the resultant image, from 0 to 7. Default 7.
-mode [ hue | saturation | value | random ]
 The axis upon which colors should be interpolated between the foreground and background color. Default random.
-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)


Juergen Nickelsen <>, 23-aug-92.

Hacked on by Jamie Zawinski <>, 24-aug-92, 17-May-97.

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