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print a random, hopefully interesting, adage
file/ directory/ all
is run with no arguments it prints out a random epigram.
Epigrams are divided into several categories, where each category
is subdivided into those which are potentially offensive and those
which are not.
The options are as follows:
The user may specify alternate sayings.
You can specify a specific file, a directory which contains one or
more files, or the special word
which says to use all the standard databases.
Any of these may be preceded by a percentage, which is a number
between 0 and 100 inclusive, followed by a
If it is, there will be an
percent probability that an adage will be picked from that file
If the percentages do not sum to 100, and there are specifications
without percentages, the remaining percent will apply to those files
and/or directories, in which case the probability of selecting from
one of them will be based on their relative sizes.
As an example, given two databases
twice as big, saying
Choose from all lists of maxims, both offensive and not.
option for more information on offensive fortunes.)
Consider all fortune files to be of equal size (see discussion below
on multiple files).
Print out the list of files which would be searched, but don't
print a fortune.
Ignore case for
Long dictums only.
- -m pattern
Print out all fortunes which match the regular expression
for a description of patterns.
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 offended.
(And that if you are, you'll just quit using
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 believe in healthy, hearty laughter -- at the expense of
the whole human race, if needs be.
--H. Allen Smith, "Rude Jokes"
Short apothegms only.
Wait before termination for an amount of time calculated from the
number of characters in the message.
This is useful if it is executed as part of the logout procedure
to guarantee that the message can be read before the screen is cleared.
$ fortune funny not-funny
will get you fortunes out of
two-thirds of the time.
$ fortune 90% funny 10% not-funny
will pick out 90% of its fortunes from
is unnecessary, since 10% is all that's left).
option says to consider all files equal;
$ fortune -e
is equivalent to
$ fortune 50% funny 50% not-funny
are created by a utility called
Although not installed by default,
the source code and a manual page for this utility
can be found in
if it exists.
| AerieBSD 1.0 Reference Manual
|| August 26 2008