I wish to display a
cowsay message in every terminal window. The command I use is
fortune | cowsay
Any ideas how to make it appear whenever I start a new terminal session?
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Open the file
/etc/bash.bashrc if it should work globally for all users).
Add the following at the bottom of the file:
if [ -x /usr/games/cowsay -a -x /usr/games/fortune ]; then fortune | cowsay fi
BONUS: If you're using
bash you can make a
~/.bash_logout file and it will execute that when you log out. Make sure to have it sleep for a second or so, or you'll never see it.
cowsay "See you later"; sleep 1
I would consider setting a limit to the size of the fortune command requested.
fortune -s | cowsay
This will produce at most 160 characters. This is a good size for a greeting, anything more than that and long fortunes will flood your terminal.
fortune | cowsay -f `ls -1 /usr/share/cowsay/cows/ | sort -R | head -1` -n
This will display a random fortune using a random 'cow'. There's probably a better way to get a random 'cow', but this works for me just fine.
Better you use .bash_profile because .bashrc is also executed at commands like scp and they will fail silently if there is any output
I found a nice script on pastebin. currently using it.
I am using
cowsay Welcome to Bash Shell in .bashrc.
This will be prompt every time when you open the terminal.