This is my version of the classic `banner` program. This is written in Python. It supports font rotation; XPM Pixmap output; two font sizes. It can read text from stdin or from the command-line.
I like to have a nice big banner display the machine name when I login. I use the following script to create a banner that I put in /etc/motd.
# banner $HOSTNAME > /etc/motd
Simple XPM pixmaps
This script can also create text icons and labels for X-Windows. Using the -x option will tell the script to output in xpm format. Put the output in a file in /usr/share/pixmaps/ and you can use the icon anywhere in X-Windows.
# banner -x -g 32x32 www noah org > /usr/share/pixmaps/www.noah.org.xpm
I put this script in my ~/bin directory. This is part of my standard Dotfiles distribution.
<include svncat src="file:///home/svn/src/dotfiles/bin/banner" highlight="python" />