linux_logo - Color ANSI penguin logo w/ system information.
linux_logo [-h | -v ] [-a ] [ -b | -c] [-d] [-D file] [-e file] [-f]
[-g | -l] [-k] [-i] [-n] [-p] [-s] [-u] [-x] [-y] [-o Num] [-t string]
[-L num | NAME | list | random_xy] [-F format]
linux_logo is a program that generates a color ANSI picture of a
penguin which includes some system information obtained from the /proc
-h Show summary of options.
-v Show version of program.
Display the logo as monochrome ascii.
Display the banner-style logo.
Display the original penguin logo.
-d Disable "prettying" of output
Use logo from "filename"
Use cpuinfo from "filename" for debugging purposes
-f Force the screen clear before drawing the logo.
Use custom output STRING for sysinfo. See below for more info.
-g Display only the system infomation.
-i Ignore the ~/.linux_logo and /etc/linux_logo.conf config files
-k Keep sysinfo flushed-left (non-centered)
-l Display only the logo.
-L ... Custom logo options. See LOGO SELECTION below
-o Num Shift output Num spaces to the right
-p Preserve cursor location
-s Skip the BogoMips test [ speeds up display on non-Linux
Display an arbitrary string
-u Display the system uptime.
-w val Set screen width to val
-y Display the load average.
The cpuinfo supplied in /proc/cpuinfo is not always usable by
If the cpuinfo for your microprocessor generates ugly output, send the
output from your /proc/cpuinfo to the author.
The format string special sequences start with # (use ## to print #).
All other characters, except for \n, are printed as is.
Seq Description Output
#B Bogomips 374.37
#C Compiled Date #47 Fri Jan 8 10:37:09 EST 1999
#E User Text My Favorite Linux Distribution
Displayed with -t
#H Hostname deranged
#L Load average Load average 0.04, 0.01, 0.01
#M Megahertz 188Mhz
#N Number of CPU’s Two
#O OS Name Linux
#P Processor or Processors Processor
#R Ram 64M
#S Plural s
#T Type of CPU K6
#U Uptime Uptime 10 hours 59 minutes
#V Version of OS 2.2.0-pre5
#X CPU Vendor AMD
\\n carriage return
· The letter after the # must be capitalized.
· Options not available are silently ignored.
· Megahertz only available on some platforms and newer kernels.
· See defaults.h on how to have #N report in non-english numbers.
· Plural [#S] gives nothing if there is 1 cpu, gives ’s’ otherwise.
· The "-y" and "-u" [display uptime and load average] command line
options don’t affect the output if a custom format is used.
The default banner format is:
"#O Version #V, Compiled #C\n \
#N #M#X#T Processor#S, #R RAM, #B Bogomips Total\n \
The default banner format displays the following on the author’s
Linux Version 2.2.0-pre5, Compiled #47 Fri Jan 8 10:37:09 EST 1999
One 188MHz AMD K6 Processor, 64M RAM, 374.37 Bogomips Total
Another example would be:
linux_logo -F "Redhat Linux 5.2\nKernel Version #V\n#U\n#L\n"
which would display:
Redhat Linux 5.2
Kernel Version 2.2.0-pre5
Uptime 11 hours 4 minutes
Load average 0.00, 0.00, 0.00
The -L command line option is used to choose which logo to use.
· "-L list" will list all of the logos available
· "-L NAME" will display the logo with name NAME.
· "-L NUM" will display logo with number NUM (deprecated)
· "-L random_xy" will pick a logo at random, with criteria xy.
When you replace x with the letter:
b : pick a random banner mode logo
c : pick a random classic mode logo
e : pick a logo from either banner or
When you replace y with the letter:
a: pick a random ascii logo
n: pick a non-ascii logo
e: pick either type of logo
So to summarize:
"-L random_ba" picks a random ascii
"-L random_ce" picks a random classic logo
"-L random_ee" picks any logo, etc.
The Debian pre-packaged version of linux_logo includes the Debian logo
in addition to the ’Classic’ and ’Banner’ logos. The Debian logo is the
default logo unless one of the other logos is specified on the command
~/.linux_logo and /etc/linux_logo.conf can be filled with command line
options and will be parsed before the actual command line
This manual page was written by Steve Kostecke <firstname.lastname@example.org>, for
the Debian GNU/Linux system.