track flights from the command line

flight_status() { if [[ $# -eq 3 ]];then offset=$3; else offset=0; fi; curl "http://mobile.flightview.com/TrackByRoute.aspx?view=detail&al="$1"&fn="$2"&dpdat=$(date +%Y%m%d -d ${offset}day)" 2>/dev/null |html2text |grep ":"; }
Usage: flight_status airline_code flight_number (optional)_offset_of_departure_date_from_today So for instance, to track a flight which departed yesterday, the optional 3rd parameter should have a value of -1. eg. flight_status ua 3655 -1 output --------- Status: Arrived Departure: San Francisco, CA (SFO) Scheduled: 6:30 AM, Jan 3 Takeoff: 7:18 AM, Jan 3 Term-Gate: Term 1 - 32A Arrival: Newark, NJ (EWR) Scheduled: 2:55 PM, Jan 3 At Gate: 3:42 PM, Jan 3 Term-Gate: Term C - C131 Note: html2text needs to be installed for this command. only tested on ubuntu 9.10
Sample Output
sample command
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flight_status ua 3655

sample output
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Status: In Air
Departure: San Francisco, CA (SFO)
Scheduled: 6:25 AM, Jan 4
Takeoff:   6:41 AM, Jan 4
Term-Gate: Term 1 - 35
Arrival:   Newark, NJ (EWR)
Scheduled: 2:50 PM, Jan 4
Estimated: 2:50 PM, Jan 4
Remaining: 4 hr 10 min
Term-Gate: Term C - C82

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2010-01-04 15:49:09

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now that's creative!
linuxrawkstar · 441 weeks and 4 days ago
did you mean "html2text" needs to be installed?
linuxrawkstar · 441 weeks and 4 days ago
@linuxrawkstar: thanks for pointing that out :) i fixed it
suhasgupta · 441 weeks and 4 days ago
that's brilliant.. commandline rules :)
alperyilmaz · 441 weeks and 4 days ago
tiny change if you want to run it on Mac OS: flight_status() { if [[ $# -eq 3 ]];then offset=$3; else offset="+0"; fi; curl "http://mobile.flightview.com/TrackByRoute.aspx?view=detail&al="$1"&fn="$2"&dpdat=$(date -v ${offset}d '+%Y%m%d')" 2>/dev/null |html2text |grep ":"; } love this tiny piece of command line, awesome
nbk1971 · 441 weeks and 3 days ago
@alperyilmaz: thanks :) @nbk1971: awesome! i have a mac i can use this on..
suhasgupta · 441 weeks and 3 days ago
Just amazing!! It will be like working at an airport in the 80's :)
chicagonpg · 437 weeks and 6 days ago

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