Fortune 303 words published on June 26, 2018.
Nothing quite starts a terminal session like
fortune. It gives you a nice
little quip to ponder as you settle into your groove. The database is filled
with a bunch of jokes and philosophy that might just make you think
– how novel. I’ve been using it in my
config.fish (akin to
The shortest distance between two points is under construction.
– Noelie Alito
fortune could be so much better. Mainly, it’s the perfect tool for
collecting a personal database of quotes or random thoughts. It’s actually
really easy to make your own fortunes. All you really need is a file
structured according to the
The format of this file is simple. Each entry is followed by a
% on it’s own
line. For example:
A bear is a lot to bear. % I've never met a bare bear.
Finally you need to turn your text file into a
Now you’ve got yourself a personal database for use in
fortune. You can use
it by simply passing the file (or directory) as an argument. Larger databases
may want to be divided across many files – this is possible.
If you’d like to see some of your own fortunes mixed in with others, the syntax also supports that.
fortune 50% personal 25% love 25% wisdom
Refer to your installation of
fortune for what databases you have access to.
These are most commonly found in places like