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May 19, 2015 - A Look At The New Commandlinefu
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Terminal - Commands tagged google - 65 results
links `lynx -dump -listonly "http://news.google.com" | grep -Eo "(http|https)://[a-zA-Z0-9./?=_-]*" | grep -v "google.com" | sort -R | uniq | head -n1`
2016-07-26 12:54:53
User: mogoh
Functions: grep head sort uniq

sort -R randomize the list.

head -n1 takes the first.

links $( a=( $( lynx -dump -listonly "http://news.google.com" | grep -Eo "(http|https)://[a-zA-Z0-9./?=_-]*" | grep -v "google.com" | sort | uniq ) ) ; amax=${#a[@]} ; n=$(( `date '+%s'` % $amax )) ; echo ${a[n]} )
2016-07-26 11:52:12
User: pascalv
Functions: echo grep sort uniq

Access a random news web page on the internet.

The Links browser can of course be replaced by Firefox or any modern graphical web browser.

function say { wget -q -U Mozilla -O google-tts.mp3 "http://translate.google.com/translate_tts?ie=UTF-8&tl=$1&q=$2" open google-tts.mp3 &>/dev/null || mplayer google-tts.mp3 &>/dev/null; rm google-tts.mp3; }
2014-08-01 23:43:16
User: Zath
Functions: rm wget

Improved google text-to-speech function. Allows to specify language, plays sound in terminal. Automatically removes downloaded file after successfully processing.




say en "This is a test." say pl "To jest test"
translate () {lang="ru"; text=`echo $* | sed 's/ /%20/g'`; curl -s -A "Mozilla/5.0" "http://translate.google.com/translate_a/t?client=t&text=$text&sl=auto&tl=$lang" | sed 's/\[\[\[\"//' | cut -d \" -f 1}
2014-07-10 18:26:34
User: 2b
Functions: cut sed

Change lang from ru to something else.

Curl version - Mac OS etc, any system w/o wget.

function google { Q="$@";GOOG_URL='https://www.google.com/search?tbs=li:1&q=';AGENT="Mozilla/4.0";stream=$(curl -A "$AGENT" -skLm 10 "${GOOG_URL}${Q//\ /+}");echo "$stream" | grep -o "href=\"/url[^\&]*&" | sed 's/href=".url.q=\([^\&]*\).*/\1/';}
translate(){wget -U "Mozilla/5.0" -qO - "https://translate.google.com/translate_a/single?client=t&sl=${3:-auto}&tl=${2:-en}&dt=t&q=$1" | cut -d'"' -f2}
2014-06-10 12:08:51
User: klisanor
Functions: cut
translate <some phrase> [output-language] [source-language]

1) "some phrase" should be in quotes

2) [output-language] - optional (default: English)

3) [source-language] - optional (default: auto)

translate "bonjour petit lapin"

hello little rabbit

translate "bonjour petit lapin" en

hello little rabbit

translate "bonjour petit lapin" en fr

hello little rabbit

function google () { st="$@"; open "http://www.google.com/search?q=${st}"; }
2014-05-07 03:14:05
User: plasticphyte

Searches Google, but requires no "", and will also search all terms input in the CL, eg:

> google foo bar

returns search URL "

You could also use awk to replace all spaces with a +, which is how the Google search handles spaces, but that makes it more than one line.

rtfm() { help $@ || man $@ || xdg-open "http://www.google.com/search?q=$@"; }
2014-04-25 04:17:03
User: KlfJoat
Functions: man

Same as the other rtfm's, but using the more correct xdg-open instead of $BROWSER.

I can't find a way to open info only if the term exists, so it stays out of my version.

google() { Q="$@"; GOOG_URL='https://www.google.com/search?q='; AGENT="Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/33.0.1750.152 Safari/537.36" elinks -dump "${GOOG_URL}${Q//\ /+}" | grep "\*" | head -1 }
say() { wget -q -U Mozilla -O output.mp3 "http://translate.google.com/translate_tts?ie=UTF-8&tl=en&q=$1" open output.mp3 &>/dev/null || xdg-open output.mp3 &>/dev/null }
t2s() { wget -q -U Mozilla -O $(tr ' ' _ <<< "$1"| cut -b 1-15).mp3 "http://translate.google.com/translate_tts?ie=UTF-8&tl=en&q=$(tr ' ' + <<< "$1")"; }
2013-10-16 23:29:59
User: snipertyler
Functions: cut tr wget

Usage: t2s 'How are you?'

Nice because it automatically names the mp3 file up to 15 characters

Modified (uses bash manip instead of tr)

t2s() { wget -q -U Mozilla -O $(cut -b 1-15

google() { gg="https://www.google.com/search?q=";q="";if [[ $1 ]]; then for arg in "$@" ; do q="$q+$arg"; done ; if [[ -f /usr/bin/chromium ]]; then chromium "$gg"$q; else firefox -new-tab "$gg"$q; fi else echo 'Usage: google "[seach term]"'; fi }
google() { gg="https://www.google.com/search?q="; ff="firefox"; if [[ $1 ]]; then "$ff" -new-tab "$gg"$(echo ${1//[^a-zA-Z0-9]/+}); else echo 'Usage: google "[seach term]"'; fi }
2013-08-01 22:21:53
User: lowjax
Functions: echo

Usage: google "[search string]"

Example: google "something im searching for"

This will launch firefox and execute a google search in a new tab with the provided search string.

You must provide the path to your Firefox binary if using cygwin to $ff or create an alias like follows:

alias firefox='/cygdrive/c/Program Files (x86)/Mozilla Firefox/firefox.exe'

Most Linux flavors with Firefox installed will use just ff="firefox" and even OSX.

function google { Q="$@"; GOOG_URL='https://www.google.de/search?tbs=li:1&q='; AGENT="Mozilla/4.0"; stream=$(curl -A "$AGENT" -skLm 10 "${GOOG_URL}${Q//\ /+}" | grep -oP '\/url\?q=.+?&amp' | sed 's|/url?q=||; s|&amp||'); echo -e "${stream//\%/\x}"; }
2013-04-05 08:04:15
User: michelsberg
Functions: echo grep sed
Tags: google

Put it in your ~/.bashrc


google word1 word2 word3...

google '"this search gets quoted"'

Q="YOURSEARCH"; GOOG_URL="http://www.google.com/search?q="; AGENT="Mozilla/4.0"; stream=$(curl -A "$AGENT" -skLm 10 "${GOOG_URL}\"${Q/\ /+}\"" | grep -oP '\/url\?q=.+?&amp' | sed 's/\/url?q=//;s/&amp//'); echo -e "${stream//\%/\x}"
2013-04-03 09:56:41
User: techie
Functions: echo grep sed
Tags: google

I found this command on a different site and thought you guy might enjoy it. Just change "YOURSEARCH" to what ever you want to search. Example, "Linux Commands"

Q="Hello world"; GOOG_URL="http://www.google.com/search?q="; AGENT="Mozilla/4.0"; stream=$(curl -A "$AGENT" -skLm 10 "${GOOG_URL}\"${Q/\ /+}\"" | grep -oP '\/url\?q=.+?&amp' | sed 's/\/url?q=//;s/&amp//'); echo -e "${stream//\%/\x}"
python -c 'import googl; print googl.Googl("<your_google_api_key>").shorten("'$someurl'")[u"id"]'
2012-05-31 17:14:17
User: shr386
Functions: python

(1) required: python-googl ( install by: pip install python-googl )

(2) get from google API console https://code.google.com/apis/console/

gg(){ lynx -dump http://www.google.com/search?q=$@ | sed '/[0-9]*\..http:\/\/www.google.com\/search?q=related:/!d;s/...[0-9]*\..http:\/\/www.google.com\/search?q=related://;s/&hl=//';}
2012-04-21 03:31:26
User: chon8a
Functions: sed
Tags: sed lynx google

Get the first 10 google results form a querry, but showing only the urls from the results.

Use + to search diferent terms, ex: commandlinefu+google .

say() { curl -sA Mozilla -d q=`python3 -c 'from urllib.parse import quote_plus; from sys import stdin; print(quote_plus(stdin.read()[:100]))' <<<"$@"` 'http://translate.google.com/translate_tts' | mpg123 -q -; }
(IFS=$'\n'; ln -sf $(awk '((NR % 2) != 0 && NR > 1) {print "prefix" $0}' list.m3u) target_folder)
2011-09-25 16:45:28
User: lxe
Functions: awk ln

This command will place symbolic links to files listed in an m3u playlist into a specified folder. Useful for uploading playlists to Google Music.

prefix = The full path prefix to file entries in your .m3u file, if the file paths are relative. For example, if you have "Music/folder/song.mp3" in your list.m3u, you might want to specify "/home/username" as your prefix.

list.m3u = Path to the playlist

target_folder = Path to the target folder in which you would like to create symlinks

p=$(echo "hello world, how r u?"|sed 's/ /+/g');wget -U Mozilla -q -O - "$@" translate.google.com/translate_tts?tl=en\&q=$p|mpg123 -
2011-09-19 23:06:15
User: jhansen
Functions: echo mpg123 sed wget

same but redirecting to player and putting whaever text line.. works on my ubuntu machine ...

say() { local IFS=+;mplayer "http://translate.google.com/translate_tts?q=$*"; }
say() { mplayer "http://translate.google.com/translate_tts?q=$1"; }
2011-09-08 03:34:24
User: daa

Usage examples:

say hello

say "hello world"

say hello+world

say() { wget -q -U Mozilla -O output.mp3 "http://translate.google.com/translate_tts?tl=en&q=$1"; gnome-terminal -x bash -c "totem output.mp3"; sleep 4; totem --quit;}
2011-09-07 19:48:53
User: totti
Functions: bash sleep wget

No need to install additional packages


say hello

For multiword

say how+are+you