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Get Lorum Ipsum random text from lorumipsum.com

Terminal - Get Lorum Ipsum random text from lorumipsum.com
lynx -source http://www.lipsum.com/feed/xml?amount=3|perl -p -i -e 's/\n/\n\n/g'|sed -n '/<lipsum>/,/<\/lipsum>/p'|sed -e 's/<[^>]*>//g'
2010-04-26 17:26:44
User: houghi
Functions: perl sed
Get Lorum Ipsum random text from lorumipsum.com

This will generate 3 paragraphs with random text. Change the 3 to any number.


There are 9 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
p=1 ; lynx -source http://www.lipsum.com/feed/xml?amount=${p} | grep '<lipsum>' -A$(((p-1))) | perl -p -i -e 's/\n/\n\n/g' | sed -n '/<lipsum>/,/<\/lipsum>/p' | sed -e 's/<[^>]*>//g'
2012-10-24 14:11:52
User: nublaii
Functions: grep perl sed

This fixes the extra lines you get when you request only 1 paragraph using a little bit of grep. Just set p to the number of paragraphs you want.

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when you pick 1, it spits out the lorem plus author info from the site

Comment by chrismccoy 326 weeks and 4 days ago

if lynx isn't installed, use 'curl -s' instead.

Comment by TuxOtaku 197 weeks and 3 days ago

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