RANDOM(1) RANDOM(1) NAME random - sample lines from a file or provide random exit code SYNOPSIS random [ -e ] [ n ] DESCRIPTION Random reads the standard input and copies each line to the standard output with probability 1/n. Option -e writes no output and returns a random exit code in the range [0,n-1]. The default value of n is 2. To select just one line randomly from a file use fortune(6). BUGS Successive results of option -e are highly correlated if random is called more than once per second.