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Old 11-08-2004, 03:35 PM   #1
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custom fortune files


this is bugging the hell out of me. I was going to make my own file to use with the fortune command, but I can't read the damn .dat files. At first, it looks like mpeg, but if I cilck on it, it looks like a spreadsheet. -_-' Can't open it with anything.
 
Old 11-08-2004, 04:08 PM   #2
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You'll probably need to use the <strfile> command to create the random access dbase out of your standard text file, e.g. <strfile customfortunes>.

Have a quick read of the mini-howto at http://www.freiburg.linux.de/~flug/p...ies-HOWTO.html for more info

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Old 11-08-2004, 09:11 PM   #3
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uhhuh. Well, exactly what do I do with strfile??
Here's what I thought you meant:
make a text file with something like:
one
%
two
%
three
open a terminal and type: strfile myquotes.txt
HAH, yeah, that didn't work. So I added the >, thinking I was supposed to have that.
Nope.

So what do I do?
 
Old 11-08-2004, 09:24 PM   #4
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What happened when you typed <strfile myquotes.txt> ...? Did it produce a file named myquotes.txt.dat ? If so, then you're on the right track. To fit in with the fortune format, you'll probably want to leave off the .txt extension, of course.

Then, after installing it with the correct permissions, try running <fortune myfortune>.

Cheers,

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Old 11-09-2004, 10:34 AM   #5
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syntax error near unexpected token `newline'
 
Old 11-09-2004, 04:15 PM   #6
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Perhaps post a portion of your customfortunes text file here - there may be a part of it that is fooling strfile (can you see any reason why an error would occur at the point that it did when processing the text file ?).

Cheers,

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Old 11-09-2004, 06:56 PM   #7
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entire file:
test1
%
test2
%
test3
%
test4
%
test5

Is there something I missed? There IS a trailing return at the end of the file, but I can't seem to get rid of it with gedit or kate. ^^; just reappears when I reopen it.
 
Old 11-09-2004, 07:06 PM   #8
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Hmmmm... It worked fine for me just now, both with and without a newline at the end of the file. You are just typing
Code:
strfile customfortunes
and nothing else, presumably ? The < and > were just for illustration purposes above, not for actual use (where they begin to redirect input and output willynilly).

Cheers,

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Old 11-09-2004, 09:24 PM   #9
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>.>
ehh..heh. Actually, I did put the two <> there. But that's because just typing:
strfile myquotes
gives me this:
strfile: command not found
 
Old 11-09-2004, 09:44 PM   #10
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Righto, so either it's not installed (usually at /usr/bin/strfile), or it's not in your path. Try it as root, and if you still have no joy then you'll have to install the full fortune package. Under Debian, this is fortune-mod. Under Mandrake, it's probably the same but you may need to check.

Cheers,

mj
 
Old 11-10-2004, 12:44 PM   #11
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woahhoh.. worked under root. Weird. Is that because it is linked there but not elsewhere? If so, can I link it elsewhere (not important, but hey.)?
 
Old 11-10-2004, 05:30 PM   #12
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If strfile worked as root, and not as an ordinary user then it's probably not in your path. Have a look at the line beginning with PATH in /etc/profile, and maybe add /usr/bin - or wherever strfile is located on your system.

Cheers,

mj
 
  


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