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BANNER(6)										BANNER(6)

       banner - print large banner on printer

       /usr/games/banner [ -wn ] message ...

       Banner  prints  a  large,  high	quality banner on the standard output.	If the message is
       omitted, it prompts for and reads one line of its standard input.  If  -w  is  given,  the
       output  is scrunched down from a width of 132 to n , suitable for a narrow terminal.  If n
       is omitted, it defaults to 80.

       The output should be printed on a hard-copy device, up to 132 columns wide, with no breaks
       between	the pages. The volume is great enough that you may want a printer or a fast hard-
       copy terminal, but if you are patient, a decwriter or other 300 baud terminal will do.

       Several ASCII characters are not defined, notably <, >, [, ], \, ^, _, {,  },  |,  and  ~.
       Also, the characters ", ', and & are funny looking (but in a useful way.)

       The  -w option is implemented by skipping some rows and columns.  The smaller it gets, the
       grainier the output.  Sometimes it runs letters together.

       Mark Horton

3rd Berkeley Distribution		   May 6, 1986					BANNER(6)
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