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<cowsay font=default>Hello, bovine world</cowsay>

cowsay on the wiki

<cowsay font=fontname>text</cowsay>

fonts available

<cowsay>$fonts</cowsay>

adding fonts

Drowl, if you want to create new fonts place them in a wiki page under /cowsay/fonts/fontname and ask me to add it them as cowfile to the server. File format:

##
## description here in 2nd line
##
$the_cow = <<"EOC";
         $thoughts
 $eyes  $eyes
EOC

cowsay on the shell

A Debian Package:

Package: cowsay 3.03-5

a configurable talking cow

Turns text into happy ASCII cows, with speech balloons.

http://packages.debian.org/unstable/games/cowsay.html

http://www.linuxgazette.com/issue67/orr.html


NAME

      cowsay/cowthink  - configurable speaking/thinking cow (and
      a bit more)

SYNOPSIS

      cowsay [-e eye_string] [-f cowfile]  [-h]  [-l]  [-n]  [-T
      tongue_string] [-W column] [-bdgpstwy]

DESCRIPTION

      Cowsay  generates  an  ASCII picture of a cow saying some-
      thing provided by the user.  If run with no arguments,  it
      accepts  standard  input,  word-wraps the message given at
      about 40 columns, and prints the cow saying the given mes-
      sage on standard output.
      To  aid  in  the  use of arbitrary messages with arbitrary
      whitespace, use the -n option.  If it  is  specified,  the
      given  message will not be word-wrapped.  This is possibly
      useful if you want to make  the  cow  think  or  speak  in
      figlet(6).  If -n is specified, there must not be any com-
      mand-line arguments left after all the switches have  been
      processed.
      The  -W  specifies  roughly  (where  the message should be
      wrapped.  The default is equivalent to  -W  40  i.e.  wrap
      words at or before the 40th column.
      If  any  command-line  arguments  are  left over after all
      switches have been processed, they become the  cow's  mes-
      sage.   The  program  will not accept standard input for a
      message in this case.
      There are several provided modes which change the  appear-
      ance   of   the  cow  depending  on  its  particular  emo-
      tional/physical state.  The -b option initiates Borg mode;
      -d  causes the cow to appear dead; -g invokes greedy mode;
      -p causes a state of paranoia to come  over  the  cow;  -s
      makes  the cow appear thoroughly stoned; -t yields a tired
      cow; -w is somewhat the  opposite  of  -t,  and  initiates
      wired mode; -y brings on the cow's youthful appearance.
      The  user  may specify the -e option to select the appear-
      ance of the cow's eyes, in which case the first two  char-
      acters  of  the  argument  string eye_string will be used.
      The default eyes are 'oo'.  The tongue is  similarly  con-
      figurable  through  -T  and  tongue_string; it must be two
      characters and does not appear by  default.   However,  it
      does appear in the 'dead' and 'stoned' modes.  Any config-
      uration done by -e and -T will be lost if one of the  pro-
      vided modes is used.
      The  -f  option  specifies  a  particular cow picture file
      (``cowfile) to use.  If the cowfile  spec  contains  '/'
      then it will be interpreted as a path relative to the cur-
      rent directory.  Otherwise, cowsay will  search  the  path
      specified  in  the  COWPATH environment variable.  To list
      all cowfiles on the current COWPATH,  invoke  cowsay  with
      the -l switch.
      If  the  program  is invoked as cowthink then the cow will
      think its message instead of saying it.


COWFILE FORMAT

      A cowfile is made up of a simple block  of  perl(1)  code,
      which assigns a picture of a cow to the variable $the_cow.
      Should you wish to customize the eyes or the tongue of the
      cow,  then  the  variables  $eyes and $tongue may be used.
      The trail leading up to the cow's message balloon is  com-
      posed  of the character(s) in the $thoughts variable.  Any
      backslashes must be reduplicated to prevent interpolation.
      The  name  of a cowfile should end with .cow, otherwise it
      is assumed not to be a cowfile.   Also,  at-signs  (``@)
      must be backslashed because that is what Perl 5 expects.


COMPATIBILITY WITH OLDER VERSIONS

      What older versions? :-)
      Version  3.x  is  fully  backward-compatible with 2.x ver-
      sions.  If you're still  using  a  1.x  version,  consider
      upgrading.   And tell me where you got the older versions,
      since I didn't exactly put them up for world-wide  access.
      Oh,  just  so you know, this manual page documents version
      3.02 of cowsay.

ENVIRONMENT

      The COWPATH environment variable, if present, will be used
      to  search  for  cowfiles.   It contains a colon-separated
      list of directories, much like PATH or MANPATH.  It should
      always contain the /usr/share/cowsay/cows directory, or at
      least a directory with a file called default.cow in it.

FILES

      /usr/share/cowsay/cows holds a sample set of cowfiles.  If
      your  COWPATH is not explicitly set, it automatically con-
      tains this directory.

BUGS

      If there are any, please notify the author at the  address
      below.

AUTHOR

      Tony  Monroe (tony@nog.net), with suggestions from Shannon
      Appel  (appel@CSUA.Berkeley.EDU)  and  contributions  from
      Anthony Polito (aspolito@CSUA.Berkeley.EDU).

SEE ALSO

      perl(1), wall(1), nwrite(1), figlet(6)


                  $Date: 1999/11/04 19:50:40 $         cowsay(1)


http://www.coost.com/cgi-bin/dwww?type=man&location=/usr/share/man/man1/cowsay.1.gz

man cowsay

<man>cowsay</man>


see also: Figlet