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My friend, after having some problems with his Ubuntu boot, decided to install and use Mint. Now, fast forward and month or two, and it turns out he has this thing where whenever he opens terminal, he gets a random quote (fortune) with a random animal saying it (cowsay).

To get this simple effect, you'd open /etc/bash.bashrc by running:

gksudo gedit /etc/bash.bashrc

and the add the following at the end of the file:

/usr/games/fortune -a | cowsay

of course, this gives you only a cow, and not just any animal. So to get that "random animal" effect, I had to develop a way to grab the filename of a file within the directory /usr/share/cowsay/cows/. I accomplished this using a bit of trusty ol' sed and my end result is as follows:

dir='/usr/share/cowsay/cows/'

file=`/bin/ls -1 "$dir" | sort --random-sort | head -1`

cow=$(echo "$file" | sed -e "s/\.cow//")

/usr/games/fortune -a | cowsay -f $cow

You'll now get a random animal saying a random fortune (pulled from all databases). Enjoy.

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