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:
Draw on a newly-created window. This is the default.
Draw on the root window.
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.
Display the current frame rate and CPU load.


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.


Dan Heller <>, 1985.

Ability to run standalone or with xscreensaver added by Jamie Zawinski <>, 13-aug-92.