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fortune is a command-line utility which displays a random quotation from a collection of quotes.


USE flags

USE flags for games-misc/fortune-mod The notorious fortune program

offensive Enable potentially offensive items in packages
test Enable dependencies and/or preparations necessary to run tests (usually controlled by FEATURES=test but can be toggled independently)


root #emerge --ask games-misc/fortune-mod



user $fortune -h
fortune-mod version 3.18.0
fortune [-afilsw] [-m pattern] [-n number] [ [#%] file/directory/all


Fortune supports the cowsay package.

First, emerge cowsay:

root #emerge --ask games-misc/cowsay

Then, use the following command to have cowsay write a fortune.

user $fortune | cowsay
/ Bounders get bound when they are caught \
| bounding.                               |
|                                         |
\ -- Ralph Lewin                          /
        \   ^__^
         \  (oo)\_______
            (__)\       )\/\
                ||----w |
                ||     ||