The Tao of Unix Programming (Ruby-powered ANSI fortunes)
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taoup +1 writing Aug 24, 2016

TAO (The Art) of Unix Programming (and related systemic epiphanies)

This is a ruby-powered, ANSI-enabled, fortune-like program to espouse wisdom at opportune moments, such as when you log in.

It's mostly a personal collection, but contributions are welcome.

To get it running, make sure you have ruby and gem installed, then run: gem install ansi

After that, it should work fine, as long as you use a black terminal (who doesn't?).


Getting wisdom at login

To display taoup output at login, use the taoup-fortune example script or try adding something similar in your .profile.

Special modes

There are two modes other than standard invocation, --machine which drops any ANSI colors from the output, and --fortune which converts the wisdom to an assumed imitation of the fortune format. To make the resulting fortune format file available to the classic fortune program (loses ANSI colors in output) you can run strfile as follows:

taoup --fortune >taoup-fortunes
strfile taoup-fortunes taoup-fortunes.dat
fortune taoup-fortunes