Man Linux: Main Page and Category List


       xmball - Masterball X widget


       /usr/games/xmball                                            [-geometry
       [{width}][x{height}][{+-}{xoff}[{+-}{yoff}]]]                 [-display
       [{host}]:[{vs}]]   [-[no]mono]   [-[no]{reverse|rv}]  [-{foreground|fg}
       {color}] [-{background|bg} {color}]  [-wedge{0|1|2|3|4|5|6|7|8|9|10|11}
       {color}] [-{border|bd} {color}] [-delay msecs] [-[no]sound] [-moveSound
       {filename}] [-{font|fn}  {fontname}]  [-wedges  {int}]  [-rings  {int}]
       [-[no]orient]   [-[no]practice]   [-base  {int}]  [-userName  {string}]
       [-scoreFile {filename}] [-scores] [-version]


       The original puzzle has 8 sectors on a sphere (longitudinal cuts), with
       each  sector  divided  into  4  segments (latitudinal cuts).  There are
       essentially 3 varieties: Geomaster 8 colors (beachball, default  colors
       in  this puzzle), Duomaster 2 colors (black and white beachball), and a
       variety  of  picture  Masterballs.   For  some  reason,  they  say  the
       Geomaster  is  easier  than the Duomaster.  The picture Masterballs are
       the hardest since all the pieces have a set solved  position.   On  the
       Duo and Geo Masterballs pieces could be swapped or in a different order
       and still be in a solved  position.   Zurick  University’s  Mathematics
       faculty has calculated that Masterball’s 32 segments can be arranged in
       355,682,548,566,633,480,192,000,000  different  possible  combinations.
       Masterball   was  invented  by  Dr.  Geza  Gyovai  Hungarian  Engineer,
       manufactured by Whole Systems Design, Inc..


       Press "mouse-left" button  to  move  a  sector.   Release  "mouse-left"
       button  on  another  piece  and  the pieces will turn towards where the
       mouse button is released.  Usually, a click and  release  on  the  same
       wedge is ambiguous and the puzzle will not turn.

       Click  "mouse-center",  or press "P" or "p" keys to toggle the practice
       mode (in practice mode the record should say "practice").  This is good
       for learning moves and experimenting.

       Click  "mouse-right", or press "Z" or "z" keys, to randomize the puzzle
       (this must be done first to set a new record).

       Press "G" or "g" keys to get a saved puzzle.

       Press "W" or "w" keys to write or save a puzzle.

       Press "U" or "u" keys to undo a move.

       Press "R" or "r" keys to redo a move.

       Press "C" or "c" keys to clear the puzzle.

       "S" or "s" keys reserved for the auto-solver (not implemented).

       Press "O" or "o" keys to toggle the orient mode.  One has to orient the
       wedges  in  orient  mode, besides getting all the wedges to be the same
       color.  To do this one has to get the numbers to be on the same side of
       the ball in clockwise order.

       Press "I" or "i" keys to increase the number of rings.

       Press "D" or "d" keys to decrease the number of rings.

       Press  "2", "4", "6", "8", "0", or "=" keys (not the keypad 2, 4, 6, 8,
       0) to change to 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, or 12 wedges, respectively.   Note:  if
       there  were odd number of wedges, there would be no 180 degree turn and
       therefore the puzzle would be inoperable.

       Press ">" or  "."  keys  to  speed  up  the  movement  of  pieces  (not

       Press  "<"  or  ","  keys  to  slow  down  the  movement of pieces (not

       Press "@" key to toggle the sound.

       Press "Esc" key to hide program.

       Press "Q", "q", or "CTRL-C" keys to kill program.

       Use the key pad or arrow keys to move without the mouse.
       Key pad is defined for Masterball as:
       N / *   Upper Upper Left, Counterclockwise, Upper Upper Right

       7 8 9   Upper Left, Up, Upper Right
       4<5>6   Left, Clockwise, Right
       1 2 3   Lower Left, Down, Lower Right

        0  .   Lower Lower Left, Lower Lower Right

       Use the control key and the left mouse button, keypad, or arrow keys to
       move the whole Masterball.  This is not recorded as a turn.

       The title is in the following format (non-motif version):
              xmball.{2|4|6|8|10|12<wedges>}:  <number of sectors per wedge> @
              (<Number of moves>/{<Record number of moves> <user  name>|"NEVER
              noaccess"|"practice"}) - <Comment>
       If  there  is  no  record  of  the  current  puzzle, it displays "NEVER


       -geometry {+|-}X{+|-}Y
               This option sets the initial position of the masterball  window
               (resource name "geometry").

       -display host:dpy
               This option specifies the X server to contact.

               This  option  allows  you to display the masterball window on a
               color screen as if it were monochrome (resource name "mono").

               This option allows you to see the masterball window in  reverse
               video (resource name "reverseVideo").

       -{foreground|fg} color
               This  option  specifies the foreground of the masterball window
               (resource name "foreground").

       -{background|bg} color
               This option specifies the background of the  masterball  window
               (resource name "background").

       -wedge{0|1|2|3|4|5|6|7|8|9|10|11} <color>
               This option allows you to change the color of a wedge (resource
               name "wedgeColorN"). In mono-mode, color is represented as  the
               first  letter  of  the  color  name.  The  wedges  are  ordered
               clockwise.  If you have two colors that  begin  with  the  same
               letter you should have one in uppercase and one in lowercase to
               distinguish them in mono-mode. You can change the colors of the
               wedges  to make a stupid Masterball (i.e. all White or in mono-
               mode all "W").  Unfortunately, it will  not  normally  say  its
               solved  when its randomized.  Similarly, with the Duomasterball
               (black and white), it may be solved color-wise but not  by  its
               internal representation.  This would be cheating.

       -{border|bd} color
               This  option  specifies  the border color of the sectors in the
               masterball window (resource name "borderColor").

       -delay msecs
               This option specifies the number of milliseconds  it  takes  to
               move pieces (1-50) (resource name "delay").

               This  option specifies if sliding pieces should make a sound or
               not (resource name "sound").

       -moveSound filename
               This option specifies the file  for  the  move  sound  for  the
               twisting of the puzzle (resource name "moveSound").

       -{font|fn} ontname
               This option specifies the font that will be used (resource name

       -wedges <int>
               This option allows you to change the number of wedges (resource
               name "wedges").

       -rings <int>
               This  option allows you to change the number of rings (resource
               name "rings").

               This option allows you to access the orient mode (resource name

               This  option  allows  you to access the practice mode (resource
               name "practice").

       -base int
               This option specifies  the  base  used  (default  is  base  16)
               (resource  name "base").  When there are 12 wedges there is not
               much room, so base 10 was not used as the default.

       -userName string
               This option specifies the user name for  any  records  made  or
               else it will get your login name (resource name "userName").

       -scoreFile filename
               Specify  an alternative score file (resource name "scoreFile").

       -scores This option lists all the recorded scores and then exits.

               This option tells you what version of xmball you have.


       You must randomize the puzzle before a  record  is  set,  otherwise  an
       assumption of cheating is made if it is solved after a get.


       Here is the format for the xmball configuration, starting position, and
       the movement of its pieces.

       Masterball numbered clockwise, with default colors, not randomized:
           0            Y       Yellow
       10     2      D     B    Dark Green, Blue

       9       3    C       R   Cyan, Red

        8     4      O     M    Orange, Magenta
           6            G       Green

       Extra colors: Pink, Saddle Brown, Light Steel Blue, Indian Red

              wedges: 2-12 <number of wedges around ball (even only)>
              rings: 1-MAXINT <number of slices around ball>
              orient: 0-1 <0 false, 1 true; if true then numbers on puzzle  to
              be oriented and ordered>
              practice: 0-1 <0 false, 1 true>
              moves: 0-MAXINT <total number of moves>

              startingPosition: <2 dimensional array of sector wedge position,
              if orient  mode  then  orientation  number  follows  each  wedge

       This is then followed by the moves, starting from 1.
              move #: <wedge> <ring> <direction> <control>
       Each turn is with respect to a sector defined by wedge and ring.
       Direction is represented as 0 up, 1 upper upper right, 2 upper right, 3
       right, 4 lower right, 5 lower lower right, 6 down, 7 lower lower  left,
       8 lower left, 9 left, 10 upper left, 11 upper upper left, 13 clockwise,
       and 23 counterclockwise.
       Control is represented as 0 or 1, 1 if the whole ball is moved at once,
       0  if not.  The xmball record keeper does not count a control move as a
       move, but here we do.



       X(1), xcubes(6), xtriangles(6),  xhexagons(6),  xmlink(6),  xbarrel(6),
       xpanex(6),   xpyraminx(6),  xoct(6),  xrubik(6),  xskewb(6),  xdino(6),


       ® Copyright 1994-2008, David A. Bagley


       Send bugs (or their reports, or fixes) to the author:
              David A. Bagley, <>

       The latest version is currently at: