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nate11000 05-26-2006 11:33 AM

download from command line
Thanks for looking!

I'm using deadMini which only has a command line interface. I'd like to download applications to be able to install them (namely firefox). I know the internet is working, as I'm able to ping websites, but I can't find any command that lets you access web pages or download programs. Thanks for any help.

pljvaldez 05-26-2006 11:37 AM

Look into wget for downloading from websites and scp for copying files over ssh. Don't know much about deadMini, but if it only has a CLI, won't firefox be pretty useless? I think there are some text only browsers (Lynx?) available also...

DeusExLinux 05-26-2006 04:20 PM

In order to get firefox to work, you need a working X environment. Otherwise, Lynx or Links are great text based alternatives.

broknindarkagain 05-26-2006 04:26 PM

i would recomend just getting an xwindows server installed. Fluxbox is fairly small, and its pretty easy to use. I dont know much about your distro, but try either "apt-get install programname" or wget. idk how wget works, so i cant give you the specs on that.

if you try to surf the web on a text based browser, all of your web pages will show up funny, and it is a real pain in the butt.

just the the GUI and then you can easily get firefox

lotusjps46 05-26-2006 04:35 PM

DeadMini is text-based only. It is only 5megs, for gods sake! But it has a package you can download that will give you graphics:

X11-FDO -
A very small X server by (not only) Keith Packard. See homepage of the project. The package contains Xfbdev, Xvesa, rxvt, xcompmgr, windowlab and xinit, which smartly decides between Xfbdev and Xvesa and allows you to set proper resolution.

Go here to get it:

Read the website. You can use "links" without the quotes to look at their website from the command line. Might be "lynx" instead of "links".

Tell us what is listed in /bin and /usr/bin like this:

ls /bin

Something in there can be used to download the graphics package.

Good luck.


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