How to Add a Random Quote to Terminal

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

 

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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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