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I have an ubuntu computer.

Each time I open the console there is some animal in ascii art and a quote.

How can I uninstall this and get a normal command line?

All accounts have this, so it is global on this machine.


( Celebrate Hannibal Day this year. Take )
( an elephant to lunch.                  )
       o   ,__,
        o  (oo)____
           (__)    )\
              ||--|| *
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I'm pretty sure this does not ship with Ubuntu by default ;) So what did you do to that poor computer? Installed any custom MOTD? What's the content of /etc/update-motd.d/? Edited your shell's profile or configuration files? – slhck May 27 '12 at 20:04
I did not say it shipped. Maybe someone installed it. I hope I can get an answer. sudo ls /etc/update-motd.d/ 00-header 20-cpu-checker 91-release-upgrade 99-footer 10-help-text 90-updates-available 98-reboot-required – J. Jason May 27 '12 at 20:06
up vote 4 down vote accepted

Check the contents of Bash's system-wide configuration file:

gksudo gedit /etc/bash.bashrc &

See if there's a line with:


Comment it out and save:


Then try to see if the message has gone away by restarting terminal.

The package responsible should be called fortune, so you can generally remove it by typing:

sudo apt-get remove fortune

On Linux Mint, the offending packages are removed like this:

sudo apt-get remove fortune-mod fortunes-husse fortunes-min

Of course, delete the line in bash.bashrc referring to those packages.

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Thank you very much! Very glad this is gone. – J. Jason May 27 '12 at 20:32
I appended your answer to mine, so the solution is in the right place :) Mind the difference between Linux Mint and Ubuntu though, that explains the difference in packages. – slhck May 27 '12 at 20:36
s/Uncomment/Comment/ – Heptite Jul 16 '13 at 18:18

Also on Mint, Got to Menu > Preferences > Desktop Settings > Terminal : Uncheck 'Show fortune cookies'.

Im using Mint 13 (Maya) mate edition.

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