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    condom --protection against viruses and prevention of child processes


    condom [options] [processid]


    condom provides protection against System Transmitted Viruses (STVs) that may invade your system. Although the spread of such viruses across a network can only be abated by aware and cautious users, condom is the only highly effective means of preventing viruses from entering your system (see celibacy(1)). Any data passed to condom by the protected process will be blocked, as specified by the value of the -s option (see OPTIONS below). condom is known to defend against the following viruses and other

    malicious afflictions:

    . AIDS . Herpes Simplex (genital varieties) . Syphilis . Crabs . Genital warts . Gonhorrea . Chlamydia . Michelangelo . Jerusalem

    When used alone or in conjunction with pill(1), sponge(1), foam(1), and/or setiud(3), condom also prevents the conception of a child process. If invoked from within a synchronous process, condom has, by default, an 80% chance of reventing the external processes from becoming parent processes (see the -s option below). When other process contraceptives are used, the chance of preventing a child process from being forked becomes much greater. See pill(1), sponge(1), foam(1), setiud(3) for more information.

    If no options are given, the current user's login process (as determined by the environment variable USER) is protected with a Trojan rough-cut latex condom without a reservoir tip. The optional "processid" argument is an integer specifying the process to protect.

    NOTE: condom may only be used with a hard disk. condom will terminate abnormally with exit code -1 if used with a floppy disk (see DIAGNOSTICS below). OPTIONS

    The following options may be given to condom:


    brands are as follows:

    trojan (default) ramses sheik goldcoin fourex

    -m material The valid materials are:

    latex (default) saranwrap membrane

    WARNING! The membrane option is not endorsed by the System Administrator General as an effective barrier against certain viruses. It is supported only for the sake of tradition.

    -f flavor The following flavors are currently supported:

    plain (default) apple banana cherry cinnamon licorice orange peppermint raspberry spearmint strawberry

    -r Toggle reservoir tip (default is no reservoir tip)

    -s strength strength is an integer between 20 and 100 specifying the resilience of condom against data passed to condom by the protected process. Using a larger value of strength increases condom's protective abilities, but also reduces interprocess communication. A smaller value of strength increases interprocess communication, but also increases the likelihood of a security breach. An extremely vigorous process or one passing an enormous amount of data to condom will increase the chance of condom's failure. The default strength is 80%.

    -t texture Valid textures are:

    rough (default) ribbed bumps lubricated (provides smoother interaction between processes)

    WARNING: The use of an external application to condom in order to reduce friction between processes has been proven in benchmark tests to decrease condom's strength factor! If execution speed is important to your process, use the "-t lubricated" option.


    condom terminates with one of the following exit codes:

    -1 An attempt was made to use condom on a floppy disk.

    0 condom exited successfully (no data was passed to the synchronous process).

    1 condom failed and data was allowed through. The danger of transmission of an STV or the forking of a child process is inversely proportional to the number of other protections employed and is directly proportional to the ages of the processes involved. BUGS

    condom is NOT 100% effective at preventing a child process from being forked or at deterring the invasion of a virus (although the System Administrator General has deemed that condom is the most effective means of preventing the spread of system transmitted viruses). See celibacy(1) for information on a 100% effective program for preventing these problems.

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