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Old 11-24-2012, 03:17 PM   #1
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Bash to convert HTML to EPUB/MOBI?


Let's take an example.

You take daily the train and would like your linux box grab the news over html and rss, and make an epub.

You box has bash, elinks, wget, curl, and imagemagick.

Would you know if it might be possible?

wget -O page.html

and then... making/creating an epubof thsi page.html

Old 11-24-2012, 03:50 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by Xeratul
You box has bash, elinks, wget, curl, and imagemagick
I don't know, but there are addons for Firefox and Google-chrome which convert html-pages to epub-format.
On wikipedia there's a list of programs.

Old 11-25-2012, 12:05 PM   #3
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Do you mean doing everything using only basic shell tools? I imagine it would be quite tricky to do in such a case. You'd have to write functions to manually analyze the html for conversion to the desired format. And html is not a format that can be reliably processed with the line-and-regex based tools available in a basic shell.

It should be quite possible however to write a script that would download the html and then run it through a dedicated converter, such as pandoc.

Finally, calibre apparently has the ability to download and convert web pages into ebook formats. But unless its one of the preinstalled ones you'd probably have to write your own filter plugin for it.

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