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track flights from the command line

Terminal - track flights from the command line
flight_status() { if [[ $# -eq 3 ]];then offset=$3; else offset=0; fi; curl "http://mobile.flightview.com/TrackByRoute.aspx?view=detail&al="$1"&fn="$2"&dpdat=$(date +%Y%m%d -d ${offset}day)" 2>/dev/null |html2text |grep ":"; }
2010-01-04 15:49:09
User: suhasgupta
Functions: grep
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track flights from the command line

Usage: flight_status airline_code flight_number (optional)_offset_of_departure_date_from_today

So for instance, to track a flight which departed yesterday, the optional 3rd parameter should have a value of -1.

eg.

flight_status ua 3655 -1

output

---------

Status: Arrived

Departure: San Francisco, CA (SFO)

Scheduled: 6:30 AM, Jan 3

Takeoff: 7:18 AM, Jan 3

Term-Gate: Term 1 - 32A

Arrival: Newark, NJ (EWR)

Scheduled: 2:55 PM, Jan 3

At Gate: 3:42 PM, Jan 3

Term-Gate: Term C - C131

Note:

html2text needs to be installed for this command. only tested on ubuntu 9.10

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Comment by linuxrawkstar 255 weeks and 4 days ago

did you mean "html2text" needs to be installed?

Comment by linuxrawkstar 255 weeks and 4 days ago

@linuxrawkstar: thanks for pointing that out :) i fixed it

Comment by suhasgupta 255 weeks and 4 days ago

that's brilliant.. commandline rules :)

Comment by alperyilmaz 255 weeks and 4 days ago

tiny change if you want to run it on Mac OS:

flight_status() { if [[ $# -eq 3 ]];then offset=$3; else offset="+0"; fi; curl "http://mobile.flightview.com/TrackByRoute.aspx?view=detail&al="$1"&fn="$2"&dpdat=$(date -v ${offset}d '+%Y%m%d')" 2>/dev/null |html2text |grep ":"; }

love this tiny piece of command line, awesome

Comment by nbk1971 255 weeks and 4 days ago

@alperyilmaz: thanks :)

@nbk1971: awesome! i have a mac i can use this on..

Comment by suhasgupta 255 weeks and 3 days ago

Just amazing!! It will be like working at an airport in the 80's :)

Comment by chicagonpg 252 weeks ago

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