CONDOM(1)                                               CONDOM(1)

       condom  -  protection  against  viruses  and prevention of
       child processes

       condom [options] [processid]

       condom  provides  protection  against  System  Transmitted
       Viruses  (STVs) that may invade your system.  Although the
       spread of such viruses across a network can only be abated
       by  aware  and  cautious  users, condom is the only highly
       effective means of preventing viruses from  entering  your
       system  (see  celibacy(1)).   Any data passed to condom by
       the protected process will be blocked, as specified by the
       value  of  the  -s  option (see OPTIONS below).  condom is
       known to defend against the following  viruses  and  other
       malicious afflictions:

              +o      AIDS
              +o      Herpes Simplex (genital varieties)
              +o      Syphilis
              +o      Crabs
              +o      Genital warts
              +o      Gonhorrea
              +o      Chlamydia
              +o      Michelangelo
              +o      Jerusalem

       When used alone or in conjunction with pill(1), sponge(1),
       foam(1), and/or setiud(3), condom also prevents  the  con-
       ception of a child process.  If invoked from within a syn-
       chronous process, condom has, by default, an 80% chance of
       preventing  the  external  processes  from becoming parent
       processes (see the -s option below).  When  other  process
       contraceptives  are used, the chance of preventing a child
       process from  being  forked  becomes  much  greater.   See
       pill(1), sponge(1), foam(1), and setiud(3) for more infor-

       If no options are given, the current user's login  process
       (as  determined  by the environment variable USER) is pro-
       tected with a Trojan  rough-cut  latex  condom  without  a
       reservoir  tip.  The optional ``processid'' argument is an
       integer specifying the process to protect.

       NOTE: condom may only be used with a  hard  disk.   condom
       will terminate abnormally with exit code -1 if used with a
       floppy disk (see DIAGNOSTICS below).

       The following options may be given to condom:

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       -b brand
              brands are as follows:

                 trojan (default)

       -m material
              The valid materials are:

                 latex (default)
                        WARNING!   The  membrane  option  is  not
                        endorsed by the System Administrator Gen-
                        eral as an effective barrier against cer-
                        tain  viruses.   It is supported only for
                        the sake of tradition.

       -f flavor
              The following flavors are currently supported:

                 plain (default)

       -r     Toggle reservoir tip (default is no reservoir tip)

       -s strength
              strength is an integer between 20 and 100  specify-
              ing the resilience of condom against data passed to
              condom by the protected process.   Using  a  larger
              value  of  strength  increases  condom's protective
              abilities, but also reduces interprocess communica-
              tion.  A smaller value of strength increases inter-
              process communication, but also increases the like-
              lihood of a security breach.  An extremely vigorous
              process or one passing an enormous amount  of  data
              to  condom  will  increase  the  chance of condom's

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              failure.  The default strength is 80%.

       -t texture
              Valid textures are:

                 rough (default)
                        (provides  smoother  interaction  between

       WARNING:  The  use of an external application to condom in
       order to reduce friction between processes has been proven
       in  benchmark  tests to decrease condom's strength factor!
       If execution speed is important to your process,  use  the
       ``-t lubricated'' option.

       condom terminates with one of the following exit codes:

       -1     An attempt was made to use condom on a floppy disk.

       0      condom exited successfully (no data was  passed  to
              the synchronous process).

       1      condom  failed  and  data was allowed through.  The
              danger of transmission of an STV or the forking  of
              a  child  process  is inversely proportional to the
              number  of  other  protections  employed   and   is
              directly  proportional to the ages of the processes

       condom is NOT 100% effective at preventing a child process
       from  being forked or at deterring the invasion of a virus
       (although the System Administrator General has deemed that
       condom  is  the  most  effective  means  of preventing the
       spread of system transmitted  viruses).   See  celibacy(1)
       for information on a 100% effective program for preventing
       these problems.

       Remember, the use of sex(1)  and  other  related  routines
       should  only  occur  between mature, consenting processes.
       If you must use sex(1), please employ  condom  to  protect
       your  process and your synchronous process.  If we are all
       responsible, we can stop the spread of STVs.

       The original version of condom was released in Roman times
       and  was  only  marginally  effective.  With the advent of
       modern technology, condom now supports many  more  options
       and is much more effective.

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CONDOM(1)                                               CONDOM(1)

       The current release of condom was written by Ken Maupin at
       the University  of  Washington  (
       and was last updated on 10/7/92.

       celibacy(1),  sex(1),  pill(1),  sponge(1),  foam(1),  and

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