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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