View a random xkcd comic

wget -q http://dynamic.xkcd.com/comic/random/ -O-| sed -n '/<img src="http:\/\/imgs.xkcd.com\/comics/{s/.*\(http:.*\)" t.*/\1/;p}' | awk '{system ("wget -q " $1 " -O- | display -title $(basename " $1") -write /tmp/$(basename " $1")");}'
Only need to install Image Magick package. Display a xkcd comic with its title and save it in /tmp directory If you prefer to view the newest xkcd, use this command: wget -q http://xkcd.com/ -O-| sed -n '/<img src="http:\/\/imgs.xkcd.com\/comics/{s/.*\(http:.*\)" t.*/\1/;p}' | awk '{system ("wget -q " $1 " -O- | display -title $(basename " $1") -write /tmp/$(basename " $1")");}'

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By: laugg
2009-12-09 13:41:25

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very cool... thanks!
bubo · 444 weeks and 5 days ago

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