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dadadodo(1) General Commands Manual dadadodo(1)

dadadodo - exterminate all rational thought

dadadodo [ options ] [ input-files ]

dadadodo is a program that analyses texts for Markov chains of word probabilities and then generates random sentences based on those probabilities. Sometimes these sentences are nonsense, but sometimes they cut right through to the heart of the matter and reveal hidden meanings.

dadadodo accepts the following options:

Generate n sentences.
Show summary of options and exit.
Output HTML instead of plain text.
Load compiled data from file (‘-’ for standard input).
Save compiled data in file (‘-’ for standard output).
Delay s seconds between paragraphs.
Format output for a device columns character cells in width. If not specified, the value of the environment variable COLUMNS is used to determine the width. If that variable is not defined, a width of 72 is assumed.

Non-option arguments are input files. These should be text files, but may be mail folders or HTML. MIME messages are handled sensibly. When no output file is specified, sentences will be generated from the input data directly. However, loading a saved file is far faster than re-parsing the text files each time.

Determines the width (in character cells) of the output if the -w, -columns option is not used. If not set, a width of 72 is assumed.

dadadodo's upstream website is

dadadodo was written by Jamie Zawinski.

This manual page was written by Sudhakar Chandrasekharan <>, based on the program's usage message.