<cowsay font=default>Hello, bovine world</cowsay>
cowsay on the wiki
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.
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 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.
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.
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 below.
Tony Monroe (email@example.com), 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)
see also: Figlet