date

DATE(1fun)                                                          DATE(1fun)



NAME
       date - get and print a date

SYNOPSIS
       date [-s] [-local] [-k] [-blind] option=value...

DESCRIPTION
       If no arguments are given, a date will be selected at random.
       Providing an argument will restrict the search pool of dates.
       Hopefully these arguments will not carry forward into the actual date.
       Only the superuser can select dates by name.

       The -s option registers you in the date database and (if not -local)
       posts your vitals to alt.personals (and, optionally, alt.sex.wanted).

       Using the -k option selects a date, but does not make any further
       arrangements.

       Ranges are specified with parentheses and brackets: (18,25) is 18 to 25
       exclusive while [18,25] is 18 to 25 inclusive.  An array of selections
       is given with braces such as ``{blonde, brunette, redhead}''.  Multiple
       responses are separated with commas, as in ``sex=female,yes,please''.

       -blind To arrange a blind date.

       view[=must]
              View prospective date's picture.  To locate a picture, date
              searches several picture databases, including FaceSaver
              (uunet.uu.net) alt.sec.pictures, alt.binaries.pictures.erotica,
              and several FTP gif archives.  You must have access to the
              Internet for FTP to work.

              If view=must is set, and date is unable to find a picture, a
              request will be automatically posted to alt.binaries.pictures.d
              asking for one.

              Options to xv(1) may follow "view" or be put in the environment
              parameter XV.

       The following options restrict the search pool to those who have
       supplied the necessary information.

       dim=range,range,range

       height=range
              Synonyms are also supported: midget, twerp, short, beanstalk,
              giant, basketball-player

       weight=range
              Synonyms: toothpic, feather, wide-load, blimp

       age=range
              Synonyms: juvenile, underage, thirty-nine, over-the-hill, {mom,
              dad}, {grandma, grandpa}

       sex={male, female}[,{yes, no, maybe}][,opt=sex(6) options]
              If sex=yes and you are registering, your vitals are posted to
              alt.sex.wanted in addition to alt.personals.

       race={white, black, native-american, ...}
              Various slang terms are also supported.

       marriage={flirting, noway, maybe, once, twice, several}
              Seriousness and experience.

       kids={never, rightaway, oops, have, want}[,{one, two, three, four,
       bunch}]
              Domestic leanings.

       cooking={never, loveit, when_hungry}

       color  Synonym for race.

       religion={Atheist, Moslem, Lutheran, Catholic, ...}

       temper={mellow, quiet, hot-head}

       interests={lists of possible interests}

       name=lastname,firstname
              Specify name of your date.  Perfect for hitting on.  Names can
              only be specified by super-user.

FILES
       $HOME/.daterc
              Optional place to store options, for frequent daters.

       $HOME/.datehist
              History of dates, to avoid duplication.

       $HOME/.persona
              Options describing yourself, if you haven't registered in the
              database.  Note that the first time you use date and supply this
              information, you are registered in the blind-date database.

SEE ALSO
       man(1), woman(1), sex(6)

       RFC1036: Standard for exchange of USENET messages, M. Horton and R.
       Adams.

       A Primer on how to work with the USENET community, Chuq Von Rospach and
       Gene ``net.god'' Spafford.

DIAGNOSTICS
       Exit status is 0 on success, 1 on complete failure to get a date.

       ``You are not superuser: date not set'' if you try to use the name
       parameter but are not the super-user.

       ``Vitals posted to alt.personals [,alt.sex.wanted]'' when you register
       globally.

AUTHOR
       Won't admit to it!



4th Berkeley Distribution       January 1, 1992                     DATE(1fun)