The fortune file
, on a Unix
system, is the standard repository
s, lame pun
s, and lore
. The fortune(1)
program, when invoked, displays one extract (a "fortune cookie
") from the fortune file.
The fortune file may, on modern systems, actually be several files, with fortunes divided up by topic. In Debian GNU/Linux, for instance, the fortune databases are kept in /usr/share/games/fortunes.