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Google verbatim search on your terminal

Terminal - Google verbatim search on your terminal
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
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Google verbatim search on your terminal

Put it in your ~/.bashrc

usage:

google word1 word2 word3...

google '"this search gets quoted"'

Alternatives

There are 2 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
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
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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"

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This doesn't work on Mountain Lion because the Perl regex option was removed from grep. See http://www.dirtdon.com/?p=1452 for solutions

Comment by unixmonkey52593 85 weeks ago

@unixmonkey52593

I just descended deeper into RegEx hell than can be healthy, but found no working replacement for grep -P. :-(

The problem is as follows. Google returns something like this:

/url?q=http://www.example.com/fooWith;anyURLchar.html&bar&foo&baz&amp

The grep command with perl-regex outputs this:

/url?q=http://www.example.com/fooWith;anyURLchar.html&amp

Using grep's extended regex, I am only able to match the entire line again:

/url?q=http://www.example.com/fooWith;anyURLchar.html&bar&foo&baz&amp

I don't understand why the perl regex magically stops after the first "&" and how to get that working with a more portable tool.

Does anybody have an idea for that?

Comment by michelsberg 85 weeks ago

Try

egrep '/url\?q=[^&]+&amp'

or just with sed (grep isn't actually needed here):

sed '/.*\/url?q=\([^&]*\)&amp.*/\1/'
Comment by unixmonkey52650 85 weeks ago

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