A little ruby script that extracts quotes from wikiquote and outputs them for fortune
Let's say you want to extract the sayings of Ralph Waldo Emerson..
ruby wikiquote_to_fortune.rb "Ralph Waldo Emerson"
You get a wall of text.. which is actually in the right format for fortune.
If you have fortune installed (using homebrew is one possibility) you can type
and you will get a list of files and the location of those files.
In my case its
/usr/local/Cellar/fortune/9708/share/games/fortunes, so I used the script like this:
ruby wikiquote_to_fortune.rb "Ralph Waldo Emerson" > /usr/local/Cellar/fortune/9708/share/games/fortunes/emerson
There is one final thing to do. We need to create a random access data file for fortune. Do this:
cd /usr/local/Cellar/fortune/9708/share/games/fortunes/ strfile emerson
That's it, now
should list the emerson data file and
should display a random Ralph Waldo Emerson quote.
A lot, depending what you need. For example this thing could output to json or xml etc..
Check if theres some tags I haven't removed. (I have only played with two wikiquote pages for this.)