random xkcd comic

display "$(wget -q http://dynamic.xkcd.com/comic/random/ -O - | grep -Po '(?<=")http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/[^"]+(png|jpg)')"
i sorta stole this from http://www.shell-fu.org/lister.php?id=878#MTC_form but it didn't work, so here it is, fixed. --- updated to work with jpegs, and to use a fancy positive look behind assertion.

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By: syssyphus
2009-09-14 18:40:14

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    xkcd() { wget -qO- http://xkcd.com/ | sed -n 's#^<img src="\(http://imgs.[^"]\+\)"\s\+title="\(.\+\?\)"\salt.\+$#eog "\1"\necho '"'\2'#p" | bash ; }
    John_W · 2010-08-25 15:44:31 3
  • This function displays the latest comic from xkcd.com. One of the best things about xkcd is the title text when you hover over the comic, so this function also displays that after you close the comic. To get a random xkcd comic, I also use the following: xkcdrandom(){ wget -qO- dynamic.xkcd.com/comic/random|tee >(feh $(grep -Po '(?<=")http://imgs[^/]+/comics/[^"]+\.\w{3}'))|grep -Po '(?<=(\w{3})" title=").*(?=" alt)';}


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    xkcd(){ wget -qO- http://xkcd.com/|tee >(feh $(grep -Po '(?<=")http://imgs[^/]+/comics/[^"]+\.\w{3}'))|grep -Po '(?<=(\w{3})" title=").*(?=" alt)';}
    eightmillion · 2009-11-27 09:11:47 11
  • Saves to a PDF with title and alt text of comic. As asked for on http://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=91100 Change xkcd.com to dynamic.xkcd.com/comics/random for a random comic.


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    curl -sL xkcd.com | grep '<img [^>]*/><br/>' | sed -r 's|<img src="(.*)" title="(.*)" alt="(.*)" /><br/>|\1\t\2\t\3|' > /tmp/a; curl -s $(cat /tmp/a | cut -f1) | convert - -gravity south -draw "text 0,0 \"$(cat /tmp/a | cut -f2)\"" pdf:- > xkcd.pdf
    matthewbauer · 2010-03-03 03:41:31 9
  • KISS To get a random xkcd comic: xdg-open http://dynamic.xkcd.com/random/comic/


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    xdg-open http://xkcd.com/
    unixmonkey8024 · 2010-08-25 19:14:11 0

What Others Think

That's not stealing, that's "benchmarking". Nice fix!
SuperFly · 453 weeks and 5 days ago
Thanks. wget -q http://dynamic.xkcd.com/comic/random/ -O - | grep -Eo http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/.*g | wget -q -i - -O - | display Use this insted because the first comics are in jpeg, so the command fails when the random comic is a very old comic.
pem · 453 weeks and 4 days ago

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