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Retrieve a random command from the commandlinefu.com API

Terminal - Retrieve a random command from the commandlinefu.com API
wget -qO - http://www.commandlinefu.com/commands/random/plaintext | sed -n '1d; /./p'
2010-12-05 15:32:14
User: dramaturg
Functions: sed wget
Retrieve a random command from the commandlinefu.com API

Seeing that we get back plain text anyway we don't need lynx. Also the sed-part removes the credit line.


There is 1 alternative - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
lynx --dump http://www.commandlinefu.com/commands/random/plaintext | grep .
2010-12-04 20:53:10
User: root
Functions: grep

Can be integrated into your .bashrc if you like. You'll probably want to grep out my name.

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What others think

You can simplify the sed bit to just:

sed 1d
Comment by flatcap 228 weeks and 6 days ago

Of course. But then you will get additional empty lines in the output which was the reason for grep in the original solution.

In my humble opinion you can then just omit sed/grep altogether, because one line of credits wont matter.

Comment by dramaturg 228 weeks and 6 days ago

Nice for MOTD as fortune alternative or complement.

Thank you for the idea :)

Comment by Dereckson 228 weeks and 5 days ago

Your point of view

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