bsod - Blue Screen of Death emulator
bsod [-display host:display.screen] [-foreground color] [-background
color] [-window] [-root] [-mono] [-install] [-visual visual] [-delay
The bsod program is the finest in personal computer emulation.
bsod steps through a set of screens, each one a recreation of a differ-
ent failure mode of an operating system. Systems depicted include Win-
dows 3.1, Windows 95, Windows NT, MS-DOS, AmigaDOS 1.3, Linux, SCO
UNIX, BSD UNIX, HPUX, Solaris, Tru64, VMS, HVX/GCOS6, IBM OS/390, MacOS
(MacsBug, Bomb, Sad Mac, and OSX), Atari ST, Apple ][+, and NCD X Ter-
bsod 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 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 delay between displaying one crash and another.
Tell it to run only one mode, e.g., -only HPUX.
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.
Notable X resources supported include the following, which control
which hacks are displayed and which aren’t. doWindows, doNT, doWin2K,
doAmiga, doMac, doMac1, doMacsBug, doMacX, doSCO, doAtari, doBSD,
doLinux, doSparcLinux, doHPPALinux, doBlitDamage, doSolaris, doHPUX,
doApple2, doOS390, doTru64, doVMS, doMSDOS, and doHVX. Each of these
is a Boolean resource, they all default to true, except for doAtari,
doBSD, doSparcLinux, and doHPPALinux, which are turned off by default,
because they’re really not all that interesting looking unless you’re a
fan of those systems.
There are command-line options for all of these: e.g., -bsd, -no-bsd.
(Also note the -only option.)
Unlike the systems being simulated, bsod does not require a reboot
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Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Windows 95, and Microsoft Windows NT are
all registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. Apple Macintosh is
a registered trademark of Apple Computer. Amiga is a registered trade-
mark of Amiga International, Inc. Atari ST is probably a trademark,
too, but it’s hard to tell who owns it. Linux is a registered trade-
mark of Linus Torvalds, but it isn’t his fault.
Copyright © 1998-2003 by Jamie Zawinski. Permission to use, copy, mod-
ify, distribute, and sell this software and its documentation for any
purpose is hereby granted without fee, provided that the above copy-
right notice appear in all copies and that both that copyright notice
and this permission notice appear in supporting documentation. No rep-
resentations are made about the suitability of this software for any
purpose. It is provided "as is" without express or implied warranty.
No animals were harmed during the testing of these simulations. Always
mount a scratch monkey.
Concept cribbed from Stephen Martin <firstname.lastname@example.org>. This version is
by Jamie Zawinski <email@example.com>, with contributions from many others.
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