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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

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