Commands tagged fortune (10)

  • You need to have fortune and cowsay installed. It uses a subshell to list cow files in you cow directory (this folder is default for debian based systems, others might use another folder). you can add it to your .bashrc file to have it great you with something interesting every time you start a new session. Show Sample Output


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    fortune | cowsay -f $(ls /usr/share/cowsay/cows/ | shuf -n1)
    zed · 2010-07-08 02:57:52 2

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    fortune | cowsay
    CodSpirit · 2010-05-31 13:23:39 0
  • bash.org is a collection of funny quotes from IRC. WARNING: some of the quotes contain "adult" jokes... may be embarrassing if your boss sees them... Thanks to Chen for the idea and initial version! This script downloads a page with random quotes, filters the html to retrieve just one liners quotes and outputs the first one. Just barely under the required 255 chars :) Improvment: You can replace the head -1 at the end by: awk 'length($0)>0 {printf( $0 "\n%%\n" )}' > bash_quotes.txt which will separate the quotes with a "%" and place it in the file. and then: strfile bash_quotes.txt which will make the file ready for the fortune command and then you can: fortune bash_quotes.txt which will give you a random quote from those in the downloaded file. I download a file periodically and then use the fortune in .bashrc so I see a funny quote every time I open a terminal. Show Sample Output


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    curl -s http://bash.org/?random1|grep -oE "<p class=\"quote\">.*</p>.*</p>"|grep -oE "<p class=\"qt.*?</p>"|sed -e 's/<\/p>/\n/g' -e 's/<p class=\"qt\">//g' -e 's/<p class=\"qt\">//g'|perl -ne 'use HTML::Entities;print decode_entities($_),"\n"'|head -1
    Iftah · 2009-05-07 13:13:21 6

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    cowsay $(fortune)
    mandroid · 2010-05-31 12:47:06 0
  • I improved a bit on the original by only using sed and extracting the quote with a matching group. Use -nE for sed on Mac OSX Use -nr for sed on Linux. Warning! The quotes from Borat are definitely offensive. Show Sample Output


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    curl -s http://smacie.com/randomizer/borat.html | sed -nE "s# *<td valign=\"top\"><big><big><big><font face=\"Comic Sans MS\">(.*)</font></big></big></big></td>#\1#p"
    phymata · 2012-07-18 21:31:43 0
  • Let Tux bring the fortune cookie


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    fortune | cowsay -f tux
    Zaphod · 2010-06-01 09:04:01 0
  • Can be installed in the root crontab if you want it to update your motd. If not on ubuntu you need to change /usr/share/cowsay/cows/* to the location of your cow files. Show Sample Output


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    files=(/usr/share/cowsay/cows/*);cowsay -f `printf "%s\n" "${files[RANDOM % ${#files}]}"` "`fortune`"
    dog · 2010-06-02 14:18:28 2
  • Shows a list of all installed cows saying a fortune. Also lists the cows names. Pic your favorite cow! Needs cowsay, fortune and ruby installed. The path only applies to OS X with cowsay installed using homebrew. On Linux it might be /usr/share/cowsay/cows/ or similar. Uses ruby just because. Show Sample Output


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    echo 'Dir.foreach("/usr/local/Cellar/cowsay/3.03/share/cows") {|cow| puts cow; system "fortune | cowsay -f /usr/local/Cellar/cowsay/3.03/share/cows/#{cow}" }' | ruby
    orkoden · 2013-04-15 12:27:38 4
  • To install on centos 6.2 for Centos auto accept: yum install fortune* -y yum install cowsay* -y Removed the -f command as I dont know how, but it works without it. Almost the same but one folder higher =).


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    fortune | cowsay $(ls/usr/share/cowsay | shuf -n1)
    cablegunmaster · 2014-10-23 10:09:44 1
  • Get colorful fortunes dictated by an ASCII cow. For full enjoyment you'll need to have color setup enabled for your terminal.


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    cowsay `fortune` | toilet --metal -f term
    seattlegaucho · 2010-06-03 21:48:54 1

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