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Old 12-17-2001, 12:41 PM   #1
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auto url parsing on console

would i be the only person to think that some sort of bash add on that could recognise any http:// reference and download for local use invisibly would be useful?


[user@host user]# pico

so the url would automatically be picked up, and wget used to get the file.... and i guess you could go both ways with ftp://'s as well...

useful.. or a bit pointless?
Old 12-18-2001, 04:07 AM   #2
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Personally I wouldn't find that usefull. But I can see why others might. But would you use something like that only for viewing files? Or would it also have to work for saving files? Because I can imagine it would get a bit more complicated then. Since the shell has no knowledge of any http or ftp protocol.
And if it's just for viewing lynx always works for me. A simple command could let you view files with pico though if you really want:

wget; pico ilovelinus.txt; rm -f ilovelinus.txt

That ofcourse wouldn't always be very neat because you might have a ilovelinus.txt already in the current directory. But you could make a nice script out of that and place the files in the /tmp directory each time.

I think it's because scripting is so powerful that things like that never get added to something like a simple shell which is ment to stay simple. It's those gui's that add a bunch of features like that but they never do manage to stay simple and small.


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