gltext - draws text spinning around in 3D
gltext [-display host:display.screen] [-window] [-root] [-visual vis-
ual] [-delay microseconds] [-fps] [-text string] [-program command]
[-wander] [-no-wander] [-spin axes] [-no-spin] [-front] [-no-front]
The gltext program draws some text spinning around in 3D, using a font
that appears to be made of solid tubes.
gltext accepts the following options:
-window Draw on a newly-created window. This is the default.
-root Draw on the root window.
Install a private colormap for the window.
Specify which visual to use. Legal values are the name of a
visual class, or the id number (decimal or hex) of a specific
The text to display. This may contain newlines, but it
shouldn't be very long. The default is to display the machine
name and OS version.
This may also be a format string acceptable to date(1) and
strftime(3), in which case, it will be updated once a second.
So to make this program display a spinning digital clock, you
could do this:
gltext -text "%A%n%d %b %Y%n%l:%M:%S %p"
To include a literal `%', you must double it: `%%'.
See the man page for strftime(3) for more details.
The given program is run, and its output is displayed. If
specified, this overrides -text. The program will be re-run
every 5 seconds to re-generate the text. It should run
quickly, and shouldn't generate too much text.
-fps Display a running tally of how many frames per second are being
rendered. In conjunction with -delay 0, this can be a useful
benchmark of your GL performance.
-wander Move the text around the screen. This is the default.
Keep the text centered on the screen.
-spin Which axes around which the text should spin. The default is
"XYZ", meaning rotate it freely in space. "-spin Z" would
rotate the text in the plane of the screen while not rotating
it into or out of the screen; etc.
Don't spin the text at all: the same as -spin "".
-front When spinning, never spin all the way around or upside down:
always face mostly forward so that the text is easily readable.
Allow spins to go all the way around or upside down. This is
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.
Copyright (C) 2001-2005 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
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any purpose. It is provided "as is" without express or implied war-
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