Shorten url with is.gd using curl, perl

curl -s "http://is.gd/api.php?longurl=[long_url]"
// This is description for the old command: Unfortunately we to encode the URL. It can't be done with bash (without building it ourselves) so I used Perl? Example with Perl: curl -s http://is.gd/api.php?longurl=`perl -MURI::Escape -e "print uri_escape('http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&source=hp&q=commandlinefu&aq=0&oq=commandline');"` Example without Perl: curl http://is.gd/api.php?longurl=http://www.google.com Most urls doesn't use & and ? anymore (SEO etc) so in most cases you can just use the simple version. :)
Sample Output
http://is.gd/5faqp

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By: Josso
2009-12-07 18:52:04

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What Others Think

It seems to work just fine without encoding the url as long as it's quoted properly. curl "http://is.gd/api.php?longurl=http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&source=hp&q=commandlinefu&aq=0&oq=commandline" returns http://is.gd/5fBTJ
eightmillion · 445 weeks and 2 days ago
Yeah? it actually does. I didn't think it would. :/
Josso · 445 weeks and 2 days ago

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