ls | curl -F 'sprunge=<-' | xclip

Run a command, store the output in a pastebin on the internet and place the URL on the xclipboard

The URL can then be pasted with a middle click. This is probably useful when trying to explain problems over instant messaging when you don't have some sort of shared desktop.

By: tatwright
2009-06-06 11:35:14

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What Others Think

With xsel instead of xclip: ls | curl -F 'sprunge=<-' | xsel -b -i
Weboide · 466 weeks and 5 days ago
or for OSX, using pbcopy: ls | curl -F 'sprunge=<' | pbcopy
zzamboni · 466 weeks and 4 days ago
I use a script for that using the main You can see/test it : ./pastebin-grabber-EN.bash -h Usage : pastebin-grabber-EN.bash -i pastebin-grabber-EN.bash [[-ceth] ] Options : -i = interactive mode You have to type the content ( "/path/to/file" or "-" for STDIN ) With "-", you can paste your clipboard. and optionally, the type of content. Default is "text" Example : "#? /tmp/test.bash bash" -c = content to upload ( file or string ) -e = expiration ( d=day, m=month, f=forever ) -t = type of content ( bash, text, perl, html, php...) -h = help Usage example : bash pastebin-grabber-EN.bash -i bash pastebin-grabber-EN.bash Description : pastebin-grabber-EN.bash is a tool to upload stuff on The script display the url at the end and put it in the buffer. Next step for you is to give this URL for who needs.
sputnick · 466 weeks and 3 days ago
to sputnick: share your script at some pastebin service please, I can't get it by link you gave - it says "Error 404"...
Minoru · 466 weeks and 1 day ago
If you're using XChat and want to support others, ask them to type this command within XChat's window: /exec -o ls | curl -sF 'sprunge=<-' The change is the addition of -s which means silent mode, so all you'll get from the other person is the direct link to the output of the command you ask them to run. Can't get any simpler than this!
d3Xt3r · 344 weeks and 1 day ago

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