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Old 02-04-2009, 04:53 PM   #1
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fortune file format troubles

I've been using Evolution as my mail client since Kmail does not connect with MSExchange. I've always liked adding taglines and after some research discovered that Fortune seems to be the best tool given that Evolution will only use a script and not a file.

However! I can get it to use it's own data (fortune -s), but I can not get it to use my supplied file ("sig.txt"). I have formated with "%" between paragraphs and made sure I used the Enter key between lines, but I can not get it to use my supplied file.

I've tried keeping the file local to the Fortune binary ("/usr/games/") as well as my home directory. When I try to create the index as in... "$fortune -u /home/andy/sig.txt" it tells me it's not a fortune file or directory.

Can anyone paste a sample of theirs or point me in the right direction?
Old 02-04-2009, 07:18 PM   #2
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You have to run a program to set up the file -- one set of instructions is at

You can then select only that fortune data file by changing the command to
fortune <datafile>

Old 02-05-2009, 04:40 AM   #3
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Should have guessed. Thanks, I got it.


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