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A reimplementation of the Unix
fortune program in Nim. Displays randomly selected quotes from files provided to it.
nfortune uses the same file formats and some of the same command line switches as fortune-mod 1.99.1. Nevertheless, it offers some extra functionality, while omitting some of the functionality present in fortune-mod. Some of the differences are:
- It can operate without pre-generated
.datfiles. If they are missing, it can generate them dynamically in memory, which is fairly viable on a modern computer.
- nfortune does not ship with a fortune database. It also does not have the
-ooffensive switch, as it has no offensive fortunes to pick from.
- Fortune database path can be supplied by an environment variable (
.datfiles can be generated with the same binary, using the
- Output from some of the more esoteric switches, like
-f(list files), is different
- The algorithm which randomly picks which file will be used is different
- nfortune is (probably) slightly slower than the fortune-mod
If you are using the experimental Nix version with flakes support, you can use nfortune's flake at
nfortune can be built on Linux systems using Nimble. If you've installed Nim the usual way, you should have
nimble available. Simply obtain the code (such as by cloning the nfortune repository), change to its directory, and then, to compile in debug mode:
$ nimble build
This will produce a
nfortune binary in the current directory.
To compile and install (into the Nimble bin directory) in release mode:
$ nimble install
Provided you have Nim and Nimble configured the usual way (ie, you have the Nimble
bin/ directory added to
PATH), you should now be able to issue
nfortune on the command line.
Keep in mind that although nfortune uses the same fortune database path as fortune-mod by default, it does not ship with fortune (cookie) files. You will have to supply them yourself (you can use fortune-mod's database).
nfortune has not been tested on other operating systems.
nfortune behaves similarly but not identically to the
fortune command from fortune-mod. For details, please see the manual at doc/nfortune.6.rst. This document can also be built into a manual page, using
rst2man from the Docutils package.
$ echo 'Hello world!\n%\nGreetings!' > hello $ nfortune hello Greetings! $ nfortune hello Hello world!
nfortune is inspired by fortune-mod, an updated version of which is available at https://github.com/shlomif/fortune-mod/
nfortune is available under the ISC license: see LICENSE.
The project Github repository is at https://github.com/DeeUnderscore/nfortune