What is the purpose in this command? There is none, and that's okay. If there were a purpose to every linux command, video games would never have been invented. Because the ASCII image is somewhat dependent on the text used, I will be posting the outputs directly from my terminal. Here is an example output:
$cowsay "Hey, at least I'm not a pig"
If you are anything like me, you might be thinking, "Okay. This command is cool, but what else does it do?" Short answer: a bunch more.
- -b enacts borg mode
- -t yields a tired cow
- -d provides a dead cow
- -s surprises the cow (sometimes referred to as a "stoned cow")
- -g makes the cow greedy
- -p causes paranoia
- -w causes the cow to be wide awake
- -y gives the cow youthful, kiddy eyes
- -l lists all the other cow files you can pull from (likely out of /usr/share/cows)
- -f chooses an alternative cowfile to use from the "l" flag's list
What types of cows are available? Quite a few. A full list can be found at the end of this post. Before that, though, I would like to take a minute to go over a new "cow" I have created: the fox. Just how did I do this? Well, I created an ASCII fox image that looked something like this:
I then navigated to /usr/share/cows and created the file "fox.cow". Now, in order to format the file appropriately and allow the fox to have changeable eyes, the image in the file ended up resembling a headless chicken, rather than a fox. After using the command, though, it ended up working pretty well. Here is the text:
## A fox, Leios
$eyes = "oo" unless ($eyes);
$the_cow = <<EOC;
/\\/\\ ( (
( $eyes )_-------_)
.. .. .. ..
If you simply copy and paste that into a new "fox.cow" file, located in your $COWPATH (likely /usr/share/cow), you should be able to see the following:
$cowsay -f fox "I really sound like a dog"
And there you have it folks! What does the fox say? Anything your little penguin heart desires. The following is a list of all the "cows" available for you after installing from the Arch repositories:
[WARNING] Most of these images were made by linux users. [/WARNING]
- turkey turtle
If there are any physicists still reading: