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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)

"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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