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Lynx was originally developed at the University of Kansas. In 1995 Lynx 2.4.2 was released under the GNU Public License by UKans, since then it has been maintained and extended by a group of volunteers. More details are in about_lynx.html

Lynx (a text-based Web) offers the simplest and most painless (i.e.,automated) way to grab a Web page's contents and store interesting portions in a file.  The output then passes to grep or a similar command and extracts just the information you want to keep.

To grab an entire page and dump it to a file, you would use lynx with the site's URL and the dump option like this:

    % lynx -dump > cs-contents.txt

This command, depending on the chosen site, will probably supply more data than you desire and you can filter information using pipe.

Linux can work with proxies. Also lynx is a better tool for viewing man pages and generally should replace man. Only inertia is keeping man afoot with the availability of lynx.  UserID and Passwd can be supplied via vommand switch:

              set  authorization  ID and password for a protected
              proxy server at startup.  Be sure  to  protect  any
              script files which use this switch.

Lynx and several other unix-based packages need various environmental variables defined on Unix systems to make use of the web cache. You may need to configure them yourself.

If you're using the tcsh or csh shell, you would need to enter the following:

setenv http_proxy ''
setenv ftp_proxy ''
setenv no_proxy ',localhost'

To disable proxying, use

unsetenv http_proxy
unsetenv no_proxy

The equivalent commands in Bourne shell notation for sh/bash/ksh/zsh users:

export http_proxy no_proxy

and to disable:

export http_proxy no_proxy

These commands should be entered in an appropriate shell login script (eg ~/.login ) to ensure they take effect for all login sessions.


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Since rpm-get uses lynx to perform the update, I started looking at lynx. I found that the problem was due to my server being behind a firewall. I needed to initiate an ftp session in passive mode.

By putting and entry FTP_PASSIVE:TRUE in the lynx.cfg file, the problem was mitigated.

lynx-dev Support for proxy authentication in Lynx

Forwarded message from Tejas Iyer <[email protected]>:

>Wouldn't it be useful to have the proxy authentication id/passwd storable in
>lynx.cfg, so that the user does not have to manually type them out each time?
>I currently use lynx-2.8.1, so I am really sorry if this has already been
>carried out. However, I checked out [1] and I don't believe this has been
>The determined programmer can write a FORTRAN program in any language.

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The latest release is February 4, 2004 Lynx v2.8.5 release. This supersedes Lynx v2.8.4. Some details concerning Lynx 2.8.4 (including new features) are explored on the release page. Lynx 2.8.4 is distributed under the GNU Public License. The Lynx Source distribution page has links to sites which carry the Lynx source code (SSL/https info here). The LYnx BInary Distribution Outlet (LYBIDO) lists Lynx binaries (.exe's) made available to lynx users.

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