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November 25, 2006

Fedora Core 6: Make Your Own Fortune Files

Filed under: Linux — S. Kindley @ 12:56 am
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I’ve always wanted to make randomized custom email sigs. I figure the venerable Fortune mod program would fit the bill perfectly for this. After doing a little digging I learned how to do this.

This is an easy one. First locate your fortune files. In Fedora Core 6 they are located in /usr/share/games/fortune and contain plain text files, a corresponding .dat file, and sometimes a corresponding .u8 file. Honestly I am unsure what the .8 files are for. They do not seem to be required.

Next we will create a file for this example called trucker (touch trucker). Next edit the file using your favorite editor (I use nano via command line).

The format used in the file is this:


your text here
%
more text here
%
This is a longer text
which will spawn multiple lines
.....
%

After saving the file in this format simply run the command:

strfile -r filename, in our example strfile -t trucker will do the trick. This command creates the corresponding .dat file. In our exmaple trucker.dat.

Now simple run the command:

fortune trucker

and sit back and enjoy you new fortune. Be sure to check out:

info fortune

for usage information on Fortune.

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