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

    cowsay on the wiki[edit]

    <cowsay font=fontname>text</cowsay>

    fonts available[edit]


    adding fonts[edit]

    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";
     $eyes  $eyes

    cowsay on the shell[edit]

    A Debian Package:

    Package: cowsay 3.03-5

    a configurable talking cow

    Turns text into happy ASCII cows, with speech balloons.




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


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


          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
          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.


          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.


          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.


          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.


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


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


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


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

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


    man cowsay[edit]


    see also: Figlet

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