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This is a fortune-mod clone. In addition to the features generally expected of a fortune program, this can be used as a Haskell library (import Data.Fortune) and also supports UTF-8 fortune files, configurable search paths, automatic merging of fortune databases with the same name (so you can have a local fortunes folder that just adds to existing fortune databases), filtering fortunes by line lengths, and a "print fortune matching regex" mode (instead of just "print all fortunes matching regex" mode).


Most of the command-line flags from fortune work with misfortune as well. To just print a fortune, run:


To index a new fortune file (or update the index on an existing one), run:

misfortune-strfile path/to/file

To use the fortune API in your Haskell programs:

import Data.Fortune
import qualified Data.Text as T

main = do
    f <- openFortuneFile "pangrams" '%' True
    appendFortune f (T.pack "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.")
    appendFortune f (T.pack "Quick blowing zephyrs vex daft Jim.")
    closeFortuneFile f
    putStrLn =<< randomFortune ["pangrams"]

This example will create or append to a file "pangrams" in the working directory, and create or update the corresponding index file "pangrams.dat". It then closes that file and requests a random fortune from all databases named "pangrams" in the search path - so it will either print one of the two just written or one found in another "pangrams" file. Every eligible fortune is equally likely.


Get the current release from Hackage:

cabal install misfortune

Or build the latest version from git:

git clone
cd misfortune
cabal install
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