Random responses with aText

If you're using Mac's software aText for text expansion you will probably like this little snippet.

You have to create it as a Shell Script and it allows you to print a random message every time you expand it.

# Keep this updated when you add or take away quotes on the case list
# Generate a random quote number variable, 'rand'
rand=$[ ( $RANDOM % $num_greetings ) + 1 ]
case $rand in  #BEGIN CASE
        1) greeting="Hello, how may I help you?";;
        2) greeting="Hi, how can I help you?";;
        3) greeting="Hello, how can I help you?";;
        4) greeting="Hello, what can I do for you?";;
esac  # END CASE
# Display the random quote from case statement, and format it to line wrap at 80 characters
echo $greetingCode language: PHP (php)


  1. Rodrigo says:

    Hi Ricard, thank for your code.
    I tryed it and received this: The system cannot find the file specified
    Could you help me?
    Rodrigo Ferreira

    1. Hey Rodrigo,

      I don’t know, you should probably ask the developer of the app. Here’s a screenshot of my snippet, make sure to select “content Shell Script”

      Hope this helps!

      A Text

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