lynx; your own personal google scraper

Posted by wayover13 on Jan 25, 2013 3:01 PM EDT
Field notes of an audacious amateur; By wayover13
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Ok, I'll admit it: there's certainly hyperbole in this entry's title. What I'm doing with the text-mode browser lynx isn't really scraping--it's just something that bears some conceptual (in my view) similarities. It might appear similar because what I've done is to come up with a way of invoking lynx (or any other text-mode browser for that matter), with search terms already entered, from the command line. The end product is just the text results google finds relative to your query--sans all the bells and whistles google's search portal has been foisting on us in recent years. Why is this a significant accomplishment? Well, consider the following.

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