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O'Reilly Network: Living Linux: Beyond Browsing the Web

Jul 08, 2000, 12:08 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Stutz)

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"In addition to viewing URLs in the standard Web browsers, there are other useful ways of getting and using Web data on Linux systems right now. Here are a few of them."

"If you want to view an image file that's on the Web, and you know its URL, you don't have to start a Web browser to do it -- give the URL as an argument to display, part of the ImageMagick suite of imaging tools (available in the Debian imagemagick package...)"

"If I want to read the text of an article that's on the Web, and I just want the text and not the Web design, I'll often grab the URL with the lynx browser using the -dump option. This dumps the text of the given URL to the standard output; then I can pipe the output to less for perusal, or use redirection to save it to a file."

"When I want to save the contents of a URL to a file, I often use GNU wget to do it. It keeps the file's original timestamp, it's smaller and faster to use than a browser, and it shows a visual display of the download progress. (You can get it from the Debian wget package or direct from any GNU archive)."

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