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Gd’day Folks.

In addition to setting my browser homepage to show a random (and often interesting) wikipedia page upon launch РI have made some tweaks in my daily workflow to ensure that I am greeted with interesting factoids and knowledge from around the globe whenever I open up a browser or Рas I will briefly show you today: our good old terminal.

In order to make this happen, you will need to:

1.) Install fortune¬†– which essentially displays amusing quotes from a database (which itself is editable for your own additions in the future). This might vary based on your distribution. Just search around your package manager.¬†(pacman, apt-get, portage etc.)¬†If you are using Arch, it’s basically: pacman -S fortune

2.) Install figlet Рthis is optional Рbut recommended if you want to be l33t and cool. It will serve us by making our text much more appealing than its default state.

3.) Edit ~/.bashrc to include the following:

#!/bin/bash
#------------------------------------------////
# Lapbox ~/.bashrc file
# Last Modified 26 February 2008
# Running on Arch Linux - Greymask
# Credit to Lenny for the original ~/.bashrc
#------------------------------------------////
#------------------------------------------////
# Colors:
#------------------------------------------////

black='e[0;30m'
blue='e[0;34m'
green='e[0;32m'
cyan='e[0;36m'
red='e[0;31m'
purple='e[0;35m'
brown='e[0;33m'
lightgray='e[0;37m'
darkgray='e[1;30m'
lightblue='e[1;34m'
lightgreen='e[1;32m'
lightcyan='e[1;36m'
lightred='e[1;31m'
lightpurple='e[1;35m'
yellow='e[1;33m'
white='e[1;37m'
nc='e[0m'

#------------------------------------------////
# Aliases:
#------------------------------------------////

## make ls list by size
##alias ls='du -s */* | sort -n'
alias findbig='find . -type f -exec ls -s {} ; | sort -n -r | head -5'
alias ports='netstat -nape --inet'
alias steves='ssh -p XXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXX'
alias 150='ssh -l founder -p XXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXX'
alias ping='ping -c 4'
alias ns='netstat -alnp --protocol=inet'
alias search='aptitude search'
alias ls='ls -F --color=always'

#------------------------------------------////
# Functions and Scripts:
#------------------------------------------////

# don't put duplicate lines in the history. See bash(1) for more options
# don't overwrite GNU Midnight Commander's setting of `ignorespace'.
export HISTCONTROL=$HISTCONTROL${HISTCONTROL+,}ignoredups
# ... or force ignoredups and ignorespace
export HISTCONTROL=ignoreboth

##WOOT!

localnet ()
{
ifconfig | awk '/inet / {print $2}'
}

upinfo ()
{
echo -ne "${cyan}$HOSTNAME ${cyan}uptime: ${cyan} ";uptime | awk /'up/ {print $3,$4,$5,$6,$7,$8,$9,$10}'
}
##cd()
##{
## if [ -n "$1" ]; then
##    builtin cd "$@" && ls
##  else
##    builtin cd ~ && ls
##  fi
##}

encrypt ()
{
gpg -ac --no-options "$1"
}

decrypt ()
{
gpg --no-options "$1"
}

extract()
{
if [ -f "$1" ] ; then
case "$1" in
*.tar.bz2) tar xjf "$1" ;;
*.tar.gz) tar xzf "$1" ;;
*.tar.Z) tar xzf "$1" ;;
*.bz2) bunzip2 "$1" ;;
*.rar) unrar x "$1" ;;
*.gz) gunzip "$1" ;;
*.jar) unzip "$1" ;;
*.tar) tar xf "$1" ;;
*.tbz2) tar xjf "$1" ;;
*.tgz) tar xzf "$1" ;;
*.zip) unzip "$1" ;;
*.Z) uncompress "$1" ;;
*) echo "'$1' cannot be extracted." ;;
esac
else
echo "'$1' is not a file."
fi
}

#------------------------------------------////
# Some default .bashrc contents:
#------------------------------------------////

# If not running interactively, don't do anything
[ -z "$PS1" ] && return
# don't put duplicate lines in the history. See bash(1) for more options
export HISTCONTROL=ignoredups
# update the values of LINES and COLUMNS.
shopt -s checkwinsize
# make less more friendly for non-text input files, see lesspipe(1)
[ -x /usr/bin/lesspipe ] && eval "$(lesspipe)"
# set variable identifying the chroot you work in (used in the prompt below)
if [ -z "$debian_chroot" ] && [ -r /etc/debian_chroot ]; then
    debian_chroot=$(cat /etc/debian_chroot)
fi
#PS1='${debian_chroot:+($debian_chroot)}[\033[01;32m]u@h[\033[00m]:[\033[01;34m]w[\033[00m]$ '

#------------------------------------------////
# Prompt:
#------------------------------------------////

PS1='[e[1;32m]u[e[m] [e[1;34m]w[e[m] [e[1;32m]$[e[m] [e[1;37m]'

#------------------------------------------////
# System Information:
#------------------------------------------////

clear
echo -e "${darkgray}";figlet "HI JOHN DOE";
echo -ne "${cyan}Today is: ${cyan}" `date`; echo ""
echo -e "${lightgray}"; fortune
#echo -e "${cyan}Kernel Information: t${cyan}" `uname -smr`
#echo -ne "${cyan}";localnet;echo ""

This is the result of the above listed ~/.bashrc file

Arch Linux Quote on Terminal Session Fortune

Nifty huh? I have mine greet me with my name since I am such a¬†narcissistic¬†bastard, but you can pretty much do anything you want. If you look carefully, the last screenshot also shows the “current” day and time along with a quote pulled from fortune. Also, if you notice, there are A LOT more additional options included in my ~/.bashrc so feel free to uncomment/comment things out and modify it till you are happy with the setup.