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Old 10-06-2009, 12:26 PM   #1
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Noseguy Screensaver - Customisable Messages

Hey guys; New to the whole forums thing, so if I have posted this in the wrong place then please let me know!

I've been using Gnome for a while, and I have just gotten Debian Lenny on my laptop. I have been trying to change the messages on the screensaver called Noseguy to something custom, like lyrics. I was just wondering if there was any easy way to write a file that doesn't display every word in it, like how fortunes work with the screensaver, or is that asking a little too much?

I've been trying to hack away at it for a few days, but I don't really want to attempt to pull apart fortunes and seeing how that works, cause I'll probably accidentally save over fortunes. Any ideas?

Thanks guys,


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Old 10-06-2009, 03:23 PM   #2
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I've not used noseguy, but it looks like you can enter either a shell command for the text source?

It that case, there are a couple of option. To create a new fortune file, first create a text file then run it through strfile to create a file that you can pass to fortune.

But that's a bit of hassle; you might want to look at a simpler fortune file (

You could also write your own program. For example:

#!/usr/bin/perl -W

my @lines = split /\n/, <<EOF;
Put your strings here
One line per string
No blank lines

print $lines[int rand scalar @lines];
print "\n"
Old 10-06-2009, 08:42 PM   #3
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Oh! I see! I'll definately give that a try. Thank you very much! =^-^=


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