fortunes

Interface to the fortunes installed on Ubuntu.

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Fortunes

Interface to the fortune package installed on Linux (tested against Ubuntu 12.04).

Provides a simple interface to the fortune program and data in Linux. Allows for searching for fortunes based upon:

  • search term
  • short fortunes or not
  • specific categories

Also allows the maximum number of fortunes returned to be specified.

Prerequisites

The fortune program needs to be installed in order for this module to work because this module uses spawn to run the fortune program in order to get the data.

On Ubuntu, you install it like this:

sudo apt-get install fortune-mod

Installation

npm install fortunes

Usage

var fortunes = require('fortunes');
var options = {
    isShort: true,
    max: 5,
    term: 'men',
    categories: ['computers', 'love', 'people']
};
fortunes.search(function(results) {
    // default options are used
});
fortunes.search(options, function(results) {
    // do something with the results which are an array of strings
});
fortunes.random(function(fortune) {
    // default options, only one result (string) is returned
});
fortunes.random(options, function(fortune) {
    // options specified but still only one result (string) is returned
});

API

Parameters:

  • options: optional object specifying search options.
  • callback: non-optional callback.

Valid options are:

  • term: the word to search for (case-insensitive search using white-space delimiter)
  • max: the maximum number of fortunes to return
  • isShort: whether only short fortunes are returned. "Short" is based upon the fortune program implementation (Ubuntu Linux fortune-mod package is 160 characters maximum).
  • categories: an array of strings corresponding to the fortune categories to use. These correspond to the various files in the fortune data directory.

Default options are:

  • term: ''
  • max: 10
  • isShort: false
  • categories: [] (which means all categories)

random

The random() function is sugar for the search() function. Parameters and valid options are the same as for search with the exception that max is always 1 and cannot be over-ridden.

Note that an array is not returned for random(). Instead, a string containing the one fortune is returned.

Testing

mocha test/test.index.js

Purpose

I personally needed a module that would provide me data for some other testing of some client-side applications. Using fortunes seemed like a reasonably interesting idea with lots of data to search and use. Your mileage may vary.

Future

The current implementation uses spawn to interface with the fortune program which means that the fortune program needs to be installed as a prerequisite. I don't have any plans to change this right now because it meets my needs and it was the path of least resistance. But it would be nice to not have this dependency.

License

The MIT License (MIT)

Copyright (c) 2013 Kurt Symanzik kurt@kbsymanzik.org

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.

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