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What is "Show Fortune Cookies" for?


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#1 pcpunk

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Posted 09 October 2016 - 02:11 PM

Mint Mate 17.1> Control Center > Desktop Settings > Terminal > "Show Fortune Cookies"

 

Is this just for fun, or is there another use for it.  If it is just for fun, does it change daily or do anything that is more interesting?

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Posted 09 October 2016 - 02:16 PM

Not sure how informative this will be because it's wikipedia, but here's this.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fortune_(Unix)

 

EDIT: This explains it better.

https://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/886


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Posted 09 October 2016 - 02:25 PM

Thanks Viper_Security, I missed those, and the Wiki was pretty good read.  Maybe I should find one that teaches a different Command every day, or every time the Terminal is open, otherwise don't see much use for it lol, I'm sure some do though.

 

I was wondering what all the little Symbols were though?


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Posted 17 November 2016 - 09:42 PM

How did you ever stumble across this program, lol.

 

I tried to install fortune on debian (fortune-mod), but it's not giving me a visual like yours. Still pretty amusing though.

 

My fortunes:

example1@example:~$ fortune
You will lose your present job and have to become a door to door mayonnaise
salesman.
example1@example:~$ fortune
Its name is Public Opinion.  It is held in reverence.  It settles everything.
Some think it is the voice of God.
        -- Mark Twain
example1@example:~$ fortune
Exercise caution in your daily affairs.
example1@example:~$ fortune
Today is National Existential Ennui Awareness Day.
example1@example:~$


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Posted 18 November 2016 - 12:15 AM

 

How did you ever stumble across this program, lol.

Just trying to learn how to configure Terminal stumbled upon it.


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Posted 18 November 2016 - 01:56 AM

@hollowface:

 

 

... but it's not giving me a visual like yours

 

hf, it won't of itself.

 

Here's a shot from my Debian 8.5

 

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Fortune, as I expect the Wikipedia article would tell, goes back to Unix 7 released in 1979. Cowsay came much later, I think around the mid 2000s, although we were playing with dot-matrix printer-generated images that were similar back in 1995, when I worked with computer IT Support in Queensland's Department of Justice & The Attorney-General.

 

With a combination of cowsay and fortune, you get the random image and the random fortune cookie when you invoke Terminal.

 

I have found a good (3-page) article here https://www.blackmoreops.com/2014/12/16/random-quotes-and-creatures-using-fortune-and-cowsay-in-linux-terminal/   which details how to effect same, and for a single user setup it simply involves installing both fortune and cowsay, then modifying your .bashrc file hidden in your Home folder.

 

It it starts to give you the Tommy Tits seeing it every time you invoke Terminal, there are simple methods to disable it.

 

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Posted 19 November 2016 - 01:15 AM

@wiz
Wow. Thanks for that :). I didn't realize cowsay had so many different designs to work with. After looking at the ".cow" files themself, I might have to try and make my own animal some time.



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Posted 19 November 2016 - 02:23 AM

 

Wow. Thanks for that :).

 

Always welcome, friend.

 

Now all I have to do is to restrain myself from putting the bugger on all of my 40+ Distros

 

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