One of the nicest thing of linux I found at the very beginning of my *nix file was the automatically generated fortune at every login (with slackware).
Well I know it’s not the most important thing for an operating system but it puts me in a good mood to start working in my favorite shell.
Another nice program is cowsay , a funny cows (but not only) that tells you something.
Putting them together you can have a random ascii-animal which tells you a random famous sentence!
Just set your correct COWFILES directory and put it somewhere
COWFILES="/opt/local/share/cowsay/cows" NFILE=$(ls -l $COWFILES | wc -l) NUM=$(jot -r 1 1 $NFILE) COW=$(find $COWFILES -iname '*.cow' -print | sed -n "$NUM p") fortune | cowsay -f "$COW"
If on your system you don’t have jot then you can obtain the random number line also in this way:
NUM=$(($RANDOM % $NFILE))