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179 Responses

  1. MIHIR PHATAK says:

    Amazing article! Loved how this helps passing time when you are at work on your terminal! :) Thanks for writing!

  2. fede says:

    Really nice collection of funny commands, thanks for creating this list now i can have fun with Linux easy!

  3. Meenakshi Agarwal says:

    Extremely useful list! It’s providing a good foundation for expanding knowledge of Linux commands. Kudos to your effort for writing the article. Very useful. Thank you.

  4. Brother, the sl command is not working.

    I have installed it, but when i execute this command it says “command not found”.

    I tried updating repository but nothing much happened…

    Please help.

  5. Kertalex says:

    It says to me:
    There was a problem importing one of the Python modules
    required to run yum. The error leading to this problem was:

    pycurl: libcurl link-time version (7.50.1) is older than compile-time version (7.53.1)

    Please install a package which provides this module, or
    verify that the module is installed correctly.

    It’s possible that the above module doesn’t match the
    current version of Python, which is:
    2.7.12 (default, Jun 28 2016, 06:57:42) [GCC]

    If you cannot solve this problem yourself, please go to
    the yum faq at:


  6. VEdant says:

    Can you explain the last part. I quite didn’t get it.

  7. Jonathan says:

    Im using Ubuntu and it says url: command not found when i try the URL command.

  8. Amit Karnik says:

    Still getting:

    No package cmatrix available.
    Error: Nothing to do
    -bash: parse_git_branch: command not found

    • Ravi Saive says:


      The command cmatrix not included in the default repositories, you have to enable EPEL repository to install it.

      # yum install epel-release
      # yum install cmatrix
  9. Pablo says:

    Thanks ! this worked perfect !

    # wget https://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/epel-release-latest-7.noarch.rpm
    # ls *.rpm

    To install epel-release-7-5.noarch.rpm, type:

    $ sudo yum install epel-release-latest-7.noarch.rpm
  10. Pablo says:

    Great Article, Even so I tried to install them all, i just have

    [[email protected] ~]# yum install cowsay
    Loaded plugins: langpacks, product-id, search-disabled-repos, subscription-manager
    No package cowsay available.
    Error: Nothing to do
    [[email protected] ~]# cowsay I Love nix
    bash: cowsay: command not found...
    [[email protected] ~]# fortune | cowsay
    bash: cowsay: command not found...
    bash: fortune: command not found...
    [[email protected] ~]# yum install xcowsay
    Loaded plugins: langpacks, product-id, search-disabled-repos, subscription-manager
    No package xcowsay available.
    Error: Nothing to do
    [[email protected] ~]# yum install cowthink
    Loaded plugins: langpacks, product-id, search-disabled-repos, subscription-manager
    No package cowthink available.

    So I have incorrect registration or repo?

    • Ravi Saive says:


      You need to enable EPEL Repository on the system, in order to install these funny commands in Linux.

      # yum install epel-release
      # yum install cowsay

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