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Nonsense generates random, occasionally humorous text from datafiles and templates using a very simple, recursive grammar. It can produce random Slashdot headlines, silly GNU/Linux portal domain names, absurd college course titles, and other amusing outputs. Nonsense generates random (and sometimes humorous) text. It's like having a million monkeys sitting in front of a million typewriters, without having to feed or clean up after them. An excellent way to waste time.


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Download version 0.6 (stable)
released on 11 February 2001


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GPLv2Janet Casey3 November 2000

Leaders and contributors

Fred Hirsch Contributor
Peter Suschlik Contributor
James Baugn Maintainer

Resources and communication

Audience Resource type URI
Bug Tracking,Developer,Support E-mail

Software prerequisites

Kind Description
Required to use Perl

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 14 November 2002.


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