Search commandlinefu.com from the command line using the API

cmdfu(){ curl "http://www.commandlinefu.com/commands/matching/$@/$(echo -n $@ | openssl base64)/plaintext"; }
Usage: cmdfu hello world
Sample Output
# commandlinefu.com by David Winterbottom

# bash or tcsh redirect both to stdout and to a file
echo "Hello World." | tee -a hello.txt

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By: knoopx
2009-08-19 02:18:24

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What Others Think

Very nice, but you should use $* instead of $@ here so that searches for multiple words work.
yogan · 480 weeks and 4 days ago
It seems to work fine with $@. I think the two are identical if not in quotes. Presumably curl url encodes the spaces between words.
johnraff · 471 weeks and 2 days ago
That interesting, why does commandlinefu use openssl in it's search urls? Wouldn't it make things simpler and prettier to just use: http://www.commandlinfu.com/commands/matching/$search/plaintext?
matthewbauer · 463 weeks and 4 days ago
why using openssl to base64 encode. Just use the base64 command : $(echo -n $@ | base64) No?
dooblem · 446 weeks ago
Is there any way to change the url to only search for my own favorites, I can get a list of my own commands, but I want to get a list of the commands I have favorited.
billymoon · 359 weeks and 1 day ago
so i'm getting this: 301 Moved Permanently Moved Permanently The document has moved here.
trissypissy · 22 weeks and 5 days ago
It is https now, either change your url or make curl follow redirects.
root · 22 weeks and 5 days ago

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