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NAME

       xcowsay - Display a cute cow and speech bubble.

SYNOPSIS

       xcowsay [-h] [-t time] [-r speed] [-d] [-f font] [text]...

DESCRIPTION

       Display  a  cow  with  a speech bubble containing some text. If text is
       specified it will be displayed in the bubble. Otherwise the  text  will
       be  read  from  the  standard  input  and displayed when end of file is
       encountered.

       The cow is displayed for either a fixed amount of time, or an amount of
       time  calculated from the size of the text. Click on the cow to dismiss
       it immediately.

       If xcowsay is started with --daemon it will fork away from the terminal
       and   run   in   daemon  mode.  The  daemon  provides  a  DBus  service
       uk.me.doof.Cowsay that responds to ShowCow  requests.  The  daemon  can
       queue up any number of requests and displays them in order.

       When  xcowsay starts it checks to see if a daemon is running, and if it
       is, sends a ShowCow request and returns immediately. Otherwise  xcowsay
       will block until the cow has disappeared.

CONFIGURATION FILE

       xcowsay  reads a configuration file on startup. Currently the file must
       be named .xcowsayrc in your home directory, a system-wide  config  file
       might be added in a later release.

       The  configuration  file  consists  of  ’option = value’ pairs, one per
       line.  The valid keys are given in the next section. For  example,  the
       following line sets display time to 10 seconds:

              display_time = 10000

       The  character  ’#’  begins  a comment which lasts until the end of the
       line.

OPTIONS

       Note that these options override any settings in the config file.

       -h, --help
              Display usage information.

       -t time, --time=time
              Display the cow for time seconds. This overrides any  value  set
              for  reading_speed.   The  corresponding  config  file option is
              display_time.

       -r speed, --reading-speed=speed
              Number of milliseconds to display the cow for each word  in  the
              input text. This is clamped to a minimum of min_display_time and
              a maximum of max_display_time.  The defaults are 1 second and 30
              seconds  respectively.  The  corresponding config file option is
              reading_speed.

       -f font, --font=font
              Font for the speech bubble text. Accepts Pango font strings. The
              corresponding config file option is font.

       -d file, --dream=file
              Display  an  image  instead  of  text  in  the cow’s bubble. The
              dream_time config file option sets the numer of milliseconds  to
              display the image for. The default is 10 seconds.

       --think
              Display a thought bubble instead of a speech bubble.

       --daemon
              Run xcowsay in daemon mode if DBus support has been enabled. See
              the description for more information.

       --cow-size=size
              Size of the cow image. Current choices are small, med, or large.
              The corresponding config file option is cow_size.

       --debug
              Print  messages  about what xcowsay is doing. Useful for finding
              out why the daemon fails.

       -v, --version
              Print version information.

SEE ALSO

       cowsay(6)

BUGS

       There are no bugs.

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