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Get sunrise time for any city, by name

Terminal - Get sunrise time for any city, by name
sunrise() { city=${1-Seattle}; w3m "google.com/search?q=sunrise:$city" | sed -r '1,/^\s*1\./d; /^\s*2\./,$d; /^$/d' ;}
2010-11-02 21:24:23
User: hackerb9
Functions: sed
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Get sunrise time for any city, by name

Uses Google's "OneBox" to look up the sunrise in any city by name. If no city is specified, it defaults to Seattle. For the sunset time, you change the search query to "sunset", like so,

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sunset() { city=${1-Seattle}; w3m "google.com/search?q=sunset:$city" | sed -r '1,/^\s*1\./d; /^\s*2\./,$d; /^$/d' ;}

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"OneBox" is Google's term for that box that appears before the organic search results that has useful information that Google thinks you might be looking for (mathematical calculations, weather, currency conversions, and such). I'm not actually using OneBox correctly, but that's because I'm not sure that there is a "correctly". I looked for a command line API, but couldn't find one, so I settled on parsing stdout from the fantastic w3m web browser. I use the sed script to show only the first hit by deleting everything from the beginning of the file until it sees " 1." and then deleting everything from " 2." to the end of the file. Ugly and fragile, yes, but it works fine.

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BUG1: w3m represents the picture of the sun rising, "weather_sunset-40.gif" as "[weat]" which is slightly confusing and probably should be removed.

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BUG2: The output is more easily readable by a human, which means it's less useful for scripting.

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Terminal - Alternatives
l=12765843;curl -s http://weather.yahooapis.com/forecastrss?w=$l|grep astronomy| awk -F\" '{print $2 "\n" $4;}'
2010-10-24 20:02:30
User: houghi
Functions: awk grep
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This will get the sunrise and sunset times of a specific location. To be able to determine $l you need to first go to http://weather.yahoo.com/ and look up your location. The last numbers in the URL will be the $l

Instead of forecastrss?w=$l you can also use forecastrss?p=$l and use the RSS link of the city you found.

Also see http://developer.yahoo.com/weather/ for more information

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This is neat, especially because you can modify this for other things Google OneBox features.

Comment by matthewbauer 199 weeks and 1 day ago

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