Get a url, preview it, and save as text - with prompts

read -p "enter url:" a ; w3m -dump $a > /dev/shm/e1q ; less /dev/shm/e1q ; read -p "save file as text (y/n)?" b ; if [ $b = "y" ] ; then read -p "enter path with filename:" c && touch $(eval echo "$c") ; mv /dev/shm/e1q $(eval echo "$c") ; fi ; echo DONE
Thanks th John_W for suggesting the fix allowing ~/ to be used when saving a directory. directions: Type in a url, it will show a preview of what the file will look like when saved, then asks if you want to save the preview and where you want to save it. Great for grabbing the latest commandlinefu commands without a full web browser or even a GUI. Requires: w3m
Sample Output
*(me)*@ubuntu:~$ read -p "enter url:" a ; w3m -dump $a > /dev/shm/e1q ; less /dev/shm/e1q ; read -p "save file as text (y/n)?" b ; if [ $b = "y" ] ; then read -p "enter path with filename:" c && touch $(eval echo "$c")  ; mv /dev/shm/e1q $(eval echo "$c") ; fi ; echo DONE
enter url:www.google.com
save file as text (y/n)?y
enter path with filename:~/this
DONE
*(me)*@ubuntu:~$ 

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By: LinuxMan
2010-07-13 22:36:38

What Others Think

You can replace 'c' with '$(eval echo "$c")', then you can use ~/ as abbreviation.
John_W · 638 weeks ago
@John_W Thanks for the advice, I modified the command with your suggestion and credited you in the description.
LinuxMan · 637 weeks and 6 days ago
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