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Terminal - Commands tagged google - 65 results
curl -s 'http://ggl-shortener.appspot.com/?url='"$1" | sed -e 's/{"short_url":"//' -e 's/"}/\n/g'
2010-03-26 22:31:06
User: mvrilo
Functions: sed

use curl and sed to shorten an url via goo.gl

(echo "plot '-' with lines"; for x in $(seq 1 100); do curl -s "http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/services/search/web?v=1.0&q=$(echo $x bottles of beer on the wall|sed 's/ /%20/g')"|sed 's/.*"estimatedResultCount":"\([^"]*\)".*/\1\n/';done)|gnuplot -persist
2010-03-17 21:04:36
User: matthewbauer
Functions: echo sed seq

Will create a graph of the results for "x bottles of beer on the wall".

Requires Gnuplot.

Inspired by an xkcd comic: http://xkcd.com/715/

For sample output see: http://tr.im/xbottlesofbeer

cmd=$( wget -qO- "http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/services/language/translate?v=1.0&q=$1&langpair=$2|${3:-en}" | sed 's/.*"translatedText":"\([^"]*\)".*}/\1\n/'; ); echo "$cmd"
2010-03-13 01:09:00
User: dtolj
Functions: sed wget
translate <phrase> <source-language> <output-language>

works from command line

translate(){ wget -qO- "http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/services/language/translate?v=1.0&q=$1&langpair=$2|${3:-en}" | sed 's/.*"translatedText":"\([^"]*\)".*}/\1\n/'; }
2010-03-08 03:15:48
User: matthewbauer
Functions: sed wget


translate <phrase> <source-language> <output-language>


translate hello en es

See this for a list of language codes:


spellcheck(){ typeset y=$@;curl -sd "<spellrequest><text>$y</text></spellrequest>" https://www.google.com/tbproxy/spell|sed -n '/s="[0-9]"/{s/<[^>]*>/ /g;s/\t/ /g;s/ *\(.*\)/Suggestions: \1\n/g;p}'|tee >(grep -Eq '.*'||echo -e "OK");}
2010-02-17 08:20:48
User: eightmillion
Functions: echo grep sed tee

I took matthewbauer's cool one-liner and rewrote it as a shell function that returns all the suggestions or outputs "OK" if it doesn't find anything wrong. It should work on ksh, zsh, and bash. Users that don't have tee can leave that part off like this:

spellcheck(){ typeset y=$@;curl -sd "<spellrequest><text>$y</text></spellrequest>" https://google.com/tbproxy/spell|sed -n '/s="[1-9]"/{s/<[^>]*>/ /g;s/\t/ /g;s/ *\(.*\)/Suggestions: \1\n/g;p}';}
spellcheck(){ curl -sd "<spellrequest><text>$1</text></spellrequest>" https://www.google.com/tbproxy/spell | sed 's/.*<spellresult [^>]*>\(.*\)<\/spellresult>/\1/;s/<c \([^>]*\)>\([^<]*\)<\/c>/\1;\2\n/g' | grep 's="1"' | sed 's/^.*;\([^\t]*\).*$/\1/'; }
curl -s www.google.com/ig/api?weather=$(curl -s api.hostip.info/get_html.php?ip=$(curl -s icanhazip.com) | sed -e'1d;3d' -e's/C.*: \(.*\)/\1/' -e's/ /%20/g' -e"s/'/%27/g") | sed 's|.*<t.*f data="\([^"]*\)"/>.*|\1\n|'
2010-02-14 19:44:54
User: o0110o
Functions: sed

Check your local temperature based on geolocation.

curl -s http://www.google.com/ig/api?weather=$(curl -s "http://api.hostip.info/get_html.php?ip=$(curl -s icanhazip.com)" | grep City | sed 's/City: \(.*\)/\1/' | sed 's/ /%20/g' | sed "s/'/%27/g") | sed 's|.*<temp_f data="\([^"]*\)"/>.*|\1\n|'
curl -s -H "Authorization: GoogleLogin auth=$auth" "http://www.google.com/reader/api/0/unread-count?output=json" | tr '{' '\n' | sed 's/.*"count":\([0-9]*\),".*/\1/' | grep -E ^[0-9]+$ | tr '\n' '+' | sed 's/\(.*\)+/\1\n/' | bc
2010-02-11 00:42:57
User: matthewbauer
Functions: grep sed tr

Get Google Reader unread count from the command line.

You'll have to define your auth token with $auth

Or use:

curl -s -H "Authorization: GoogleLogin auth=$(curl -sd "Email=$email&Passwd=$password&service=reader" https://www.google.com/accounts/ClientLogin | grep Auth | sed 's/Auth=\(.*\)/\1/')" "http://www.google.com/reader/api/0/unread-count?output=json" | tr '{' '\n' | sed 's/.*"count":\([0-9]*\),".*/\1/' | grep -E ^[0-9]+$ | tr '\n' '+' | sed 's/\(.*\)+/\1\n/' | bc
curl -s "http://www.google.com/ig/api?weather=New%20York" | sed 's|.*<temp_f data="\([^"]*\)"/>.*|\1|'
2010-02-08 23:06:48
User: matthewbauer
Functions: sed

Will return temperature in Fahrenheit of a location (New York City in example).

Uses a Google API.

curl -s https://www.google.com/accounts/ClientLogin -d Email=$email -d Passwd=$password -d service=lh2 | grep Auth | sed 's/Auth=\(.*\)/\1/'
wget -q -U busybox -O- "http://www.google.com/search?ie=UTF8&q=define%3A$1" | tr '<' '\n' | sed -n 's/^li>\(.*\)/\1\n/p'
2010-02-01 13:01:47
User: hackerb9
Functions: sed tr wget

This is a minimalistic version of the ubiquitious Google definition screen scraper. This version was designed not only to run fast, but to work using BusyBox. BusyBox is a collection of basic Unix tools that have been compiled into a single binary to save space on tiny installations of Unix. For example, although my phone doesn't have perl or the GNU utilities, it does have BusyBox's stripped down versions of wget, tr, and sed. It turns out that those tools suffice for many tasks.

Known Bugs: This script does not handle HTML entities at all. I don't think there's an easy way to do that within BusyBox, but I'd love to see it if someone could do it. Also, this script can only define a single word, not phrases. (Well, you could if you typed in %20, but that'd be gross.) Lastly, this script does not show the URL where definitions were found. Given the randomness of the Net, that last bit of information is often key.

define(){ local y="$@";curl -sA"Opera" "http://www.google.com/search?q=define:${y// /+}"|grep -Eo '<li>[^<]+'|sed 's/^<li>//g'|nl|/usr/bin/perl -MHTML::Entities -pe 'decode_entities($_)';}
2010-01-30 13:08:03
User: gthb
Functions: grep sed

This version works on Mac (avoids grep -P, adding a sed step instead, and invokes /usr/bin/perl with full path in case you have another one installed).

Still requires that you install perl module HTML::Entities ? here's how: http://www.perlmonks.org/?node_id=640489

define(){ local y="$@";curl -sA"Opera" "http://www.google.com/search?q=define:${y// /+}"|grep -Po '(?<=<li>)[^<]+'|nl|perl -MHTML::Entities -pe 'decode_entities($_)' 2>/dev/null;}
2010-01-29 05:01:11
User: eightmillion
Functions: grep perl

This function takes a word or a phrase as arguments and then fetches definitions using Google's "define" syntax. The "nl" and perl portion isn't strictly necessary. It just makes the output a bit more readable, but this also works:

define(){ local y="$@";curl -sA"Opera" "http://www.google.com/search?q=define:${y// /+}"|grep -Po '(?<=<li>)[^<]+';}

If your version of grep doesn't have perl compatible regex support, then you can use this version:

define(){ local y="$@";curl -sA"Opera" "http://www.google.com/search?q=define:${y// /+}"|grep -Eo '<li>[^<]+'|sed 's/<li>//g'|nl|perl -MHTML::Entities -pe 'decode_entities($_)' 2>/dev/null;}
wget -q -O - 'URL/full?orderby=starttime&singleevents=true&start-min=2009-06-01&start-max=2009-07-31' | perl -lane [email protected]=$_=~m/<title type=.text.>(.+?)</g;@a=$_=~m/startTime=.(2009.+?)T/g;shift @m;for ($i=0;$i<@m;$i++){ print $m[$i].",".$a[$i];}';
2009-07-23 14:48:54
Functions: perl wget

substitute the URL with your private/public XML url from calendar sharing settings

substitute the dates YYYY-mm-dd

adjust the perl parsing part for your needs