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When fortune(6) is run with no arguments it prints out a random epigram. It is often part of login procedures. The epigrams are stored in fortune files. This page provides such fortune files. A collections always contain two files: "foo" and "foo.dat". "foo" is a collection of epigrams, each separated from the next by a percent character on a line by itself. "foo.dat" is an index into the file "foo" created by strfile(8).
For details on the installation of the fortune files, see the manual pages on your system. On my system, I copy "foo" and "foo.dat" into /usr/local/share/fortune/.
I then start fortune from my .profile using all the fortune files in the directories specified:
fortune -a /usr/share/fortune /usr/local/share/fortune
In order to get a fortune from collection "foo" only:
The Virtual Library has translations of the Tao Te King.
Download the Tao Te King for fortune: tao.tar.gz
Download some quotes from Romeo and Juliet for fortune: rj.tar.gz
There are many versions of Romeo & Juliet online. I found James Matthew Farrow's pages on Shakespeare to be a great source. The quotes are from the text version of Romeo & Juliet on that site.
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