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 file] [-text text] [-fps]


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.
-program program
 This program will be run periodically, and its output will be the text of the messages. Default:

xscreensaver-text --cols 40 | head -n15

You can configure the text printed through the "Advanced" tab of xscreensaver-demo(1), or by editing your ~/.xscreensaver file.

-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.
-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), xscreensaver-text(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.

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