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       dailystrips - view web comic strips more conveniently


       dailystrips [options] stripname...


       This  manual page documents briefly the dailystrips command.  This manual page was written
       for the Debian GNU/Linux distribution because the original program does not have a  manual

       dailystrips is a Perl script that gathers online comic strips for more convenient viewing.
       When in normal mode, it creates an HTML page that references the strips directly, and when
       in  local  mode,  it  also  downloads the images to your local disk.  In local mode, it is
       intended to be run from cron, and for your own private use only -- redistribution  of  the
       images may be illegal.


       There  are three files from which the definitions for comic strips can be read (aside from
       that  specified  with  the  --defs  option,  which  is  read  right  after  the   one   in
       /usr/share/dailystrips).        The      shipped      definition      file      is      in
       /usr/share/dailystrips/strips.def and is read first.  Next, dailystrips reads the  system-
       wide  override  file  in /etc/dailystrips.defs (unless --nosystem is specified), which can
       hold an updated definition file permitting up  to  date  or  locally-specific  definitions
       without  having  to  upgrade  the whole package.  Finally, the user's own override file in
       ~/.dailystrips.defs is read (unless --nopersonal is used).  The last definition  read  has
       precedence.       Updated      strip      definitions     can     be     downloaded     at


       These programs follow the usual GNU command line syntax, with long options  starting  with
       two  dashes  (`-').   A summary of options is included below.  For a complete description,
       see the README file in /usr/share/doc/dailystrips/.

       -h, --help
              Show summary of options

       -q, --quiet
              Turn off progress messages

              Turns on extra progress information, overrides -q

       --list List available strips

              Download a random strip

       --defs FILE
              Use alternate strips definition file

              Ignore ~/.dailystrips.defs

              Ignore system-wide definitions in /etc/dailystrips.defs

       --output FILE
              Output HTML to FILE instead of STDOUT (does not apply to local mode)

       --lite Output a reduced HTML page

              Add links for navigation within the page

       --titles STRING
              Customize HTML output

       -l, --local
              Output HTML to file and save strips locally

              Disable symlinking current page to index.html (local mode only)

       -a, --archive
              Generate archive.html as a list of all days (local mode only)

       -d, --dailydir
              Create a separate directory for each day's images (local mode only)

              Create a separate directory for each strip's images (local mode only)

       -s, --save
              If it appears that a particular strip has been downloaded, does not attempt to  re-
              download it (local mode only)

              If  a  new  strip is not available, displays an error in the HTML output instead of
              showing the old image

              Do not use symlinks for day-to-day duplicates

       --date DATE
              Use value DATE instead of local time (DATE is parsed by Date::Parse  function,  not
              available on Win32)

              Format images for viewing with Avantgo on PDAs

       --basedir DIR
              Work  in  specified  directory instead of current directory (program will look here
              for strip definitions, previous HTML files, etc. and save new files here)

       --proxy host:port
              Use specified HTTP proxy server (overrides environment proxy, if set)

       --proxyauth user:pass
              Set username and password for proxy server

              Ignore the http_proxy environment variable, if set

              Remove spaces from image filenames (local mode only)

       --useragent STRING
              Set User-Agent: header to STRING (default is none)

       --retries NUM
              When downloading items, retry NUM times instead of default 3 times

       --clean NUM
              Keep only the latest NUM days of files; remove all older files

       -v, --version
              Print version number


       README, README.DEFS.gz (to add strips to the database), and README.LOCAL (for more details
       about 'local' operation) in /usr/share/doc/dailystrips/.


       This  manual  page  was written by Rene Weber <>,
       for the Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others).

                                          June 25, 2004                            DAILYSTRIPS(1)