I love the wisdom dispensed in fortune cookies each time I launch an XTerm. With the minimal clean install of Debian, I had to setup fortune cookies manually. Here's the steps.
Install the package using aptitude:
aptitude install fortune
Change settings to ~/.profile in my home directory so fortune starts when I login. Make a copy of the original file before editing starts:
cp .profile .profile.orig
Check the location of fortune on the system. Its normally /usr/games/fortune.
Add the following to .profile:
if [ -x /usr/games/fortune ] ; then
Log out and log back into the system. Launch XTerm and enjoy fortune.
This only install the "clean" version of fortune. If you want the whole hog, install fortunes-off as well, but be warned, this is NOT for those easily offended.
aptitude install fortunes-off
You can also install the BOFH excuses file, for more laughs:
aptitude install fortunes-bofh-excuses
That's about it.