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ELinks text-only web browser
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BarryK
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PostPosted: Wed 15 Jun 2005, 08:55    Post subject:  ELinks text-only web browser  

The question was recently asked about turning off images in Mozilla
...well, how about the ultimate in no-images browsing?

I've compiled ELinks, suitable for running in Puppy.
Just download the attachment and expand the tarball.
There are just four files,
/usr/local/bin/elinks
/usr/lib/libjs.so
/usr/lib/libjs.so.1
/root/.elinks/elinks.conf

Copy those files into the correct destinations, then run elinks like this:

# rxvt -fn 9x18 -fb 9x18B -geometry 84x28 -bg black -e elinks

Elinks version 0.10.5 supports css, Javascript, ftp, https, bookmarks, cgi, cookies...

I even went onto the forum.

Many things I haven't tried, like 256 color text... let me know what you
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BarryK
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PostPosted: Wed 15 Jun 2005, 09:21    Post subject:  

A couple of hints:
Press ESC key to bring up the menu.
In the Forum, it seems that pressing ENTER puts you in text-entry mode,
ESC gets out of it.
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Bruce B


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PostPosted: Wed 15 Jun 2005, 09:23    Post subject:  

Thanks Barry, I'll give it a try.

I have fast cable connection. I set Firefox / Mozilla to load images only from the orginating server. The reason why is because it cuts 90% of the advertising out of the loop as most ads come from remote servers.
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Bruce B


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PostPosted: Wed 15 Jun 2005, 09:36    Post subject:  

Well, that was pretty easy to setup. Also a fairly intitutive browswer. I'm making this post with elinks, so if you can read it you know it works.

BTW - Thanks for ical with the Puppy v1.0.3 - maybe now I'll be able to organize my time better..

Something I've been wanting to get better at all my life.
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PostPosted: Wed 15 Jun 2005, 09:46    Post subject:  

Just as I suspected - elinks doesn't need X to run and it has nice colors.

Great find! I'll make a dotpup for it.

Do you know how I can get mouse support outside X?


---------------------

Also you suggested this:


# rxvt -fn 9x18 -fb 9x18B -geometry 84x28 -bg black -e elinks

But you might like this better: (humor)


# rxvt -fn 9x18 -fb 9x18B -geometry 84x28 -bg black -e elinks www.goosee.com/puppy/
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PostPosted: Wed 15 Jun 2005, 10:21    Post subject:  

Yeah, it will also be a PupGet for 1.0.4 release.

Elinks is the most incredibly mouse-enabled console application I've ever seen.
Even has right-click popup menu.

It doesn't always seem to work, but images are supposed to have some text, I think "img" and you click on it to view the image.
Elinks looks in /etc/mailcap for file associations, that which application to run for a file type. -- starts mtPaint for images.
-- probably better to have something more basic, like xli image viewer, or mtPaint in view-only mode (no menu). Specific file associations can be specified somewhere... dunno where, maybe in /root/.elinks/elinks.conf.

Note, as Puppy doesn't have gpm support, if you run Elinks without X then you have to drive it totally from the keyboard.
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BarryK
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PostPosted: Wed 15 Jun 2005, 10:30    Post subject:  

That was me who posted the above.

I don't know if it supposed to, but the scrollbar in rxvt doesn't work.
But, my mouse scroll-wheel works fine to scroll through a page in Elinks.
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GuestToo
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PostPosted: Wed 15 Jun 2005, 13:41    Post subject:  

i wonder if we could make a gpm dotpup?
http://linux.schottelius.org/gpm/

usually, i try not to duplicate PupGet packages, but anyone can make any package they like

in any programming project, at least 80% of the time spent on the project is spent on testing and bug fixing and configuring and tweaking and making design decisions

on a simple project like making a dotpup, probably 99.9% of the time is spent on doing these types of things
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