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 CUBES(6)                           V5.4                            CUBES(6)
                              10 November 1997



 NAME
      xcubes - Cubes X widget

 SYNOPSIS
      /usr/games/xcubes [-geometry [{width}][x{height}][{+-}{xoff}[{+-
      }{yoff}]]] [-display [{host}]:[{vs}]] [-{foreground|fg} <color>] [-
      {background|bg} <color>] [-{border|bd} <color>] [-brick <color>] [-
      {size{x|y|z} <int>] [-username {string}]

 DESCRIPTION
      This is basically a 15 puzzle.  The 15 puzzle was originally made
      around 1879 (the 14-15 puzzle of Sam Loyd was made soon after).
      Similar 3D puzzles include BloxBox; Qrazy Qube (2x2x2) by P. Hein of
      Denmark and Varikon Box 'L (3x3x3) (Hungary) and Mad Marbles (3x3x3)
      by Toys & Games International USA.

 FEATURES
      Click "mouse-left" button to move a brick.  Clicks on spaces or clicks
      bricks that are not in line with a space will not move the bricks.
      Notice one can move more than one brick at a time by clicking on the
      brick farthest from the space but in line with the space. Since you
      only have a 2-D screen the next level down is either the box to the
      right of the current box or the bottom of the current box.  Click
      "mouse-right" button, or press "R" or "r" keys, to randomize the
      puzzle.  One must double click on "mouse-right" if the puzzle is
      currently being worked on.  Press "I" or "i" keys to move brick in.
      Press "O" or "o" keys to move brick out.  "S" or "s" keys reserved for
      the auto-solver (unimplemented).  Press "U" or "u" keys to undo move.
      Press "G" or "g" keys to get a saved puzzle.  Press "W" or "w" keys to
      write or save a puzzle.  Press "Q", "q", or "CTRL-C" keys to kill
      program.  Use the key pad, "R" keys, or arrow keys to move without the
      mouse.
      Key pad is defined for Cubes as:
        /      Out

        8      Up
        ^
      4<5>6  Left, In, Right
        v
        2      Down The control key allows you to change the complexity of
      xcubes.  Hold down control key and use the keypad or arrow keys to
      reduce or enlarge puzzle complexity.  The title is in the following
      format (non-motif version):
           xcubes: <Number of rows>x<Number of columns>x<Number of stacks> @
           (<Number of moves>/{<Record number of moves> <username>|"NEVER
           noaccess"}) - <Comment>
      If there is no record of the current puzzle, it displays "NEVER
      noaccess".

 OPTIONS




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

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

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

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

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

      -brick color
              This option specifies the brick color of the bricks in the
              cubes window (resource name "brickColor").

      -size{x|y|z} <int>
              This option allows you to change the number of cubes in a row,
              column, or stack (resource name "sizeA").

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

 SAVE FORMAT
      The format is not standard.  The reason for this is that this is
      simple and I do not know what the standard is.

           sizeX: 1-8 <number of bricks in a row>
           sizeY: 1-8 <number of bricks in a column>
           sizeZ: 1-8 <number of bricks in a stack>
           moves: 0-MAXINT <total number of moves>

           startingPosition: <array of tile positions where 0 is the empty
           space>

      This is then followed by the moves, starting from 1.
           move #: <direction>
      Direction is represented as 0 up, 1 right, 2 down, 3 left, 4 in, and 5
      out.

      Caution: the program may crash on corrupted input.





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 REFERENCES
      Sliding Piece Puzzles (Recreations in Mathematics Series) by L. E.
      Horden, Oxford University Press 1986, pp 1, 157-159.

      Puzzles Old & New (How to Make and Solve Them) by Jerry Slocum & Jack
      Botermans, University of Washington Press, Seattle, 1987, pp 126, 127.

 SEE ALSO
      X(1), xrubik(6), xskewb(6), xdino(6), xpyraminx(6), xoct(6),
      xmball(6), xmlink(6), xpanex(6), xtriangles(6), xhexagons(6),
      xabacus(1)

 COPYRIGHTS
      (Reg.) Copyright 1994-97, David Albert Bagley

 BUG REPORTS AND PROGRAM UPDATES
      Send bugs (or their reports, or fixes) to the author
           David Albert Bagley, <bagleyd@bigfoot.com>

      The latest version is currently at:
           ftp://ftp.tux.org/pub/people/david-bagley/xpuzzles
           ftp://ftp.x.org/contrib/games
































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