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Douglas
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 10, 2004 12:26 pm    Post subject: Graphical Console Web Browser Reply with quote

If you have bootsplash installed, then you can install the "links" web browser and browse the web graphically from a console using the kernel framebuffer.

Right now, I'm recompiling a bunch of Gnome stuff and I don't want to go into X until its finished, but I was getting kind of bored staring at gcc output, so on a whim I installed this links browser and fired it up. I am using it to post this message so you know its not too shabby. Nice for reading instructions while your X is down, or reading Slashdot while your system recompiles :-)

Just start it like
Code:
links -driver fb [url]
from a console and away you go. Pretty cool!

[Edit]Corrected my invocation line as pointed out by Hobbit_HK below.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 10, 2004 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nah, use links2.

Its even on the liveCD, y'know.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 10, 2004 2:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chaosite wrote:
Nah, use links2.

Its even on the liveCD, y'know.


umm... links is a synlink to links2..

Code:

# ls -l `which links`
lrwxrwxrwx  1 root root 6 Dec  3 22:16 /usr/bin/links -> links2


Chaosite: I think you got the wrong argument.. It should be -driver, not -device.
But still, awesome! Trying right now
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 10, 2004 2:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The -g option is unnecessary. Just
Code:
links -driver fb [optional website name]
will do.

For those who've to use proxy servers, such as most .sg people, don't forget to add -http-proxy [proxy name:port] option.
Code:
links -driver fb -http-proxy proxy.server.name:1234


[EDIT]links and framebuffer really make my day when waiting for system to install itself! :-D

For those who're running links from hard disk, there's a svgalib option for driver too. Assumes you've got svgalib support compiled into links, of course. But links needs to be setuid root for svgalib option to work.

I mention this only because links works with my wheel mouse only with "-driver svgalib", whereas with "-driver fb", my mouse wheel is merely a cute appendage. :-(
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 11, 2004 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Use w3m!!
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 11, 2004 1:44 pm    Post subject: w3m - what's the diff? Reply with quote

Tell us more about w3m.

Browser wars are really, really back... lol! :-D

Only linux can make me fall in love with the CLI world like this. :-)
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 11, 2004 2:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now, I usually use Opera (which could start another browser war itself, but we'll keep this CLI), so I don't really know about all the functionality and advanced usage of w3m - or of links2; anyway, w3m can display images without use of framebuffer or anything, and has no problems whatsoever with frames - it almost isn't CLI anymore! Try it, you can even use it in an xterm/aterm, and it will still display images...
It like links3 ;)
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 11, 2004 11:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just wanted to point out you need "fbcon" in your use flags.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 13, 2004 5:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Code:
 links -g

..works for me .. going to have a look at w3m though.
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