bsod - Blue Screen of Death emulator
[-foreground ''color''? [-background ''color''?
[-window? [-root? [-mono? [-install? [-visual ''visual''?
The bsod program is the finest in personal computer
bsod steps through a set of screens, each one a
recreation of a different failure mode of an operating
system. Systems depicted include Microsoft's Windows 95 and
Windows NT, Commodore-Amiga's AmigaDOS 1.3, SPARC Linux, SCO
UNIX, the Apple Macintosh (both the !MacsBug? debugger and the
bsod accepts the following options:
Draw on a newly-created window. This is the
Draw on the root window.
If on a color display, pretend we're on a monochrome
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
The delay between displaying one crash and
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
Notable X resources supported include the following, which
control which hacks are displayed and which aren't.
doWindows, doNT, doAmiga, doMac,
doMacsBug, doSCO, doAtari,
doBlitDamage, doSparcLinux, and
doSSolaris. Each of these is a Boolean resource, they
all default to true, except for doSparcLinux and doAtari,
which are turned off by default, because they're really not
all that interesting looking unless you're a fan of those
systems. There aren't command-line options for these, so to
change them, you'll need to add entries to your .Xdefaults
file, or use the -xrm option. For example, to tell bsod not
- to show the NT crash
- bsod -xrm '*doNT: false'
Unlike the systems that the images are borrowed from,
bsod does not require a reboot after
bsod should also emulate more systems, but systems
with interesting crash graphics are not as common as one
One I'd really like to see is a Unix system getting a kernel
panic, rebooting, and running fsck(8).
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International, Inc. Atari ST is probably a trademark, too,
but it's hard to tell who owns it. Linux is a registered
trademark of Linus Torvalds, but it isn't his
Copyright 1998 by Jamie Zawinski. Permission to use, copy,
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Concept cribbed from Stephen Martin