Quotes Files F.A.Q.


  1. Where do the quotes come from?

    The quotes come from two sources. A few are are UNIX fortune files which are now found or can be installed on Linux computers. The others came from Wikiquote which is a website that compiles quotes. Besides TV shows there are categories for People, Literary works, Proverbs, and Films. There is also a Themes section for quotes not fitting into the main categories.

  2. Can a quotes file for a TV show not on this site be added?

    I do not compile quotes so the quotes for a TV show have to exist. If you find a source of quotes for the TV show bring it to my attention so I can check if it is possible to add them.

  3. I found a quote that does not match what was said in the TV show.

    This is best brought to Wikiquote's attention so they can correct the quote source.

  4. I found a quote that differs from what is on Wikiquote.

    There are two likely causes of this. The first is Wikiquote updated the quote after it was added to this site. The second is there was a problem with the script used to format the quotes for GUIquotes. In either case bring it to my attention so it can be checked into.

  5. How were the TV show quotes that are on this site picked?

    They were either shows I follow or ones I though would have interesting quotes. There also needs to be quotes available since I do not compile the quotes themselves.

  6. Can quote files for things besides TV shows be added?

    Presently only TV show quotes are available on this site. The links page has pointers to sites with other types of quote files that work with GUIquotes.

  7. What is the quotes file format?

    GUIquotes uses the UNIX fortune file format which is a text file in which each fortune is followed by a percent symbol (%) on a line by itself. The following is an example of the format.

    Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.
    -- Thomas Alva Edison
    Never laugh at live dragons.
    -- Bilbo Baggins [J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Hobbit"]
    Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.
    -- Shakespeare
    You can't have everything. Where would you put it?
    -- Steven Wright

    To see all of the quotes the file should start with the first quote and the file should end with a % line. GUIquotes does not support using %% nor spaces after the %. GUIquotes does not use the fortune binary .dat file.

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