Funny Raspberry PI OS Terminal Commands Not Everyone Knows


Last Updated on 6th February 2022 by peppe8o

Raspbian Lite users work every day with terminal commands without graphical environment. But Linux world is plenty of funny tweaks that can make terminal really funny also for newer users.

First action is, as always, installing Raspberry PI OS Lite or installing Raspberry PI OS Desktop in your Raspberry PI.

Some funny examples are listed below. Try them from youself…

Funny Commands Without Addictional Packages

pi@raspberrypi:~ $ nice man woman
No manual entry for woman
pi@raspberrypi:~ $ ^How did the sex change operation go?^
-bash: :s^How did the sex change operation go?^: substitution failed
pi@raspberrypi:~ $ [ whereis my brain?
-bash: [: missing `]'
pi@raspberrypi:~ $ apt-get moo
      / |    ||
   *    /\---/\
…"Have you mooed today?"…
pi@raspberrypi:~ $ calendar -f /usr/share/calendar/calendar.lotr -A 365
Apr 17 An unexpected party
Apr 23 Crowning of King Ellesar
May 19 Arwen leaves Lorian to wed King Ellesar
Jun 11 Sauron attacks Osgilliath
Jun 13 Bilbo returns to Bag End
Jun 23 Wedding of Ellesar & Arwen
Jul 04 Gandalf imprisoned by Saruman
Jul 24 The ring comes to Bilbo
Jul 26 Bilbo rescued from Wargs by Eagles
Aug 03 Funeral of King Theoden
Aug 29 Saruman enters the Shire
Sep 10 Gandalf escapes from Orthanc

Funny Commands With Addictional Packages to try yourself…


pi@raspberrypi:~ $ sudo apt install fortune

Then type :

pi@raspberrypi:~ $ fortune


pi@raspberrypi:~ $ sudo apt install libaa-bin

then type:

pi@raspberrypi:~ $ aafire

Stream Locomotive

pi@raspberrypi:~ $ sudo apt install sl

then type:

pi@raspberrypi:~ $ sl


pi@raspberrypi:~ $ sudo apt install cowsay

Then type:

pi@raspberrypi:~ $ cowsay "" #change phrase with whatever you want

(you can find under /usr/share/cowsay/cows other funny pictures to show with “cowsay -f picture.cow text_to_say”). An example is “cowsay -f ghostbusters.cow”


pi@raspberrypi:~ $ sudo apt install cmatrix

then type:

pi@raspberrypi:~ $ cmatrix


pi@raspberrypi:~ $ sudo apt install bb

then type:

pi@raspberrypi:~ $ bb #wait for video to be completely loaded...


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