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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 page.

       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

       -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

       --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

              Create a separate directory for each strip’s images (local  mode

       -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

       --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

       --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


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

                                 June 25, 2004