How to Add a Random Quote to Terminal

Posted by Jonquil on Oct 13, 2011 6:31 PM EDT
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In this article I’m going to tell you how you can add a random quote to Terminal

In this article I’m going to tell you how you can add a random quote to Terminal, like what you see below:

Install The Fortune-Mod Package

First you will need to install the fortune-mod package. If you’re in Fedora you can do this by typing the following in to terminal as root or super user:

yum install fortune-mod

Once you have that installed, you can use the default fortunes file or you can create your own file with quotes in it.

Creating Your Own Quotes File

Create a file with Gedit. Create your quotes, adding a % variable between each new quote. Like this:

Quote 1


Quote 2


Quote 3

Save the file without a file extension. For the sake of this tutorial we will name the file quotes.

Adding Your Quotes File to Fortune-Mod

Now we need to create a .dat file for the quotes file. Open terminal in the location where you saved the quotes file and issue the following command:

strfile quotes

This will generate a quotes.dat file in the directory where you saved the quotes file. Now copy these files to the fortune-mod directory as root or super user by issuing the following commands:

cp quotes.dat /usr/share/games/fortunes

cp quotes /usr/share/games/fortunes

Test it in terminal by issuing the following command:

fortune quotes

You should have a random quote pop up.

Setting Up Random Fortunes in Terminal

This is perhaps the easiest part. Just open your ~/.bashrc file and add the following to the end of the file:

fortune quotes

Save and exit. Now every time you open up Terminal you should get something like this:

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