Talk:fortune (Unix)

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Does anyone have information about the origins of this program? When and on which flavor of *IX was it first written, who wrote it, etc?

  • It seems to come from BSD. My manpage says: BSD April 19, 1994 BSD

--vidarlo 21:16, 8 January 2006 (UTC)

It's much older: - No credits, no manpage but V6 didn't have it so i'd think it's safe to assume that it was first written for V7. --FelixNawothnig 01:47, 8 February 2006 (UTC)

Capital letters in fortunes[edit]

Does anyone know what it means when certain words of a fortune are written in all caps? I can't find information about that anywhere.


Mad Libs. æ² 2006-10-17t16:43z

I don't know. Maybe it's to add emphasis? Stale Fries 18:29, 14 November 2006 (UTC)

You are thinking of the "zippy" fortune library (my personal favorite). Here's an example, "Four thousand different MAGNATES, MOGULS & NABOBS are romping in my gothic solarium!!" They are capitalized for emphasis and not part of a mad-lib type scheme. They may have something to do with Zippy the pinhead but I have no idea because I am not familiar with the comic strip. Diletante 02:24, 17 December 2006 (UTC)

Thanks for clarifying that, but I'm a little disappointed... Thought it was some kind of riddle... 19:01, 27 July 2007 (UTC)

fortune file[edit]

how about some links to fortune library repositories? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 16:32, 14 March 2007 (UTC).

Ditto the request for external links; the article is a little skimpy, at least for Unix newbies.



Why does the quote have [sic] in it? I don't see any errors. Bugefun (talk) 16:14, 2 November 2012 (UTC)

broken link[edit]

The link to rc at Bell Labs is broken: " in the rc documentation"David.daileyatsrudotedu (talk) 04:02, 19 December 2016 (UTC)