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# Creating your own fortunes

Created: Sun Apr 14 02:51:00 CEST 2019

Last modified: Mon Apr 15 23:18:00 CEST 2019


*Just taking note of something don't mind me...*

Here is a sample fortune file:

<pre><code>one to three
four five six

Generate a `dat` file using strfile(1).

<pre><code>$ strfile fortunes</code></pre>

Typical output:

<pre><code>"fortunes.dat" created
There were 2 strings
Longest string: 6 bytes
Shortest string: 4 bytes</code></pre>

Then run fortune(1).

<pre><code>$ fortune ./my-fortune-file</code></pre>

Where `my-fortune-file` is without `.dat`.