MirBSD manpage: fortune(6)

FORTUNE(6)                   BSD Reference Manual                   FORTUNE(6)


     fortune - print a random, hopefully interesting, adage


     fortune [-aefilosw] [-m pattern] [[N%] file/directory/all]


     When fortune is run with no arguments it prints out a random epigram.
     Epigrams are divided into several categories, where each category is sub-
     divided into those which are potentially offensive and those which are
     not. The options are as follows:

     -a    Choose from all lists of maxims, both offensive and not. (See the
           -o option for more information on offensive fortunes.)

     -e    Consider all fortune files to be of equal size (see discussion
           below on multiple files).

     -f    Print out the list of files which would be searched, but don't
           print a fortune.

     -i    Ignore case for -m patterns.

     -l    Long dictums only.

     -m pattern
           Print out all fortunes which match the regular expression pattern.
           See regex(3) for a description of patterns.

     -o    Choose only from potentially offensive aphorisms. Please, please,
           please request a potentially offensive fortune if and only if you
           believe, deep down in your heart, that you are willing to be of-
           fended. (And that if you are, you'll just quit using -o rather than
           give us grief about it, okay?)

                 ... let us keep in mind the basic governing philosophy of The
                 Brotherhood, as handsomely summarized in these words: we be-
                 lieve in healthy, hearty laughter -- at the expense of the
                 whole human race, if needs be. Needs be.
                             --H. Allen Smith, "Rude Jokes"

     -s    Short apothegms only.

     -w    Wait before termination for an amount of time calculated from the
           number of characters in the message. This is useful if it is exe-
           cuted as part of the logout procedure to guarantee that the message
           can be read before the screen is cleared.

     The user may specify alternate sayings. You can specify a specific file,
     a directory which contains one or more files, or the special word all,
     which says to use all the standard databases. Any of these may be preced-
     ed by a percentage, which is a number N between 0 and 100 inclusive, fol-
     lowed by a '%' character. If it is, there will be an N percent probabili-
     ty that an adage will be picked from that file or directory. If the per-
     centages do not sum to 100, and there are specifications without percen-
     tages, the remaining percent will apply to those files and/or direc-
     tories, in which case the probability of selecting from one of them will
     be based on their relative sizes.

     As an example, given two databases funny and not-funny, with funny twice
     as big, saying

           $ fortune funny not-funny

     will get you fortunes out of funny two-thirds of the time. The command

           $ fortune 90% funny 10% not-funny

     will pick out 90% of its fortunes from funny (the "10%" is unnecessary,
     since 10% is all that's left). The -e option says to consider all files
     equal; thus

           $ fortune -e

     is equivalent to

           $ fortune 50% funny 50% not-funny

     Datafiles for fortune are created by a utility called strfile. Although
     not installed by default, the source code and a manual page for this
     utility can be found in /usr/src/games/fortune/strfile/, if it exists.


     /usr/share/games/fortune/*    Fortune files.


     regex(3), random(6), rot13(6)

MirBSD #10-current              April 19, 1994                               1

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