[elinks-users] Links and pipes
njs at scifi.squawk.com
Mon Aug 1 09:59:14 PDT 2005
(Previously posted to links-list).
I maintain a perl script called demime. demime takes a message and
unmercifully flattens it - the message that comes out of demime is a
single section plain text message with attachments elided.
Currently, I use either lynx or HTML::FormatText when I must interpret a
Frankly, both of these programs format html poorly. I recognize that
plain text formatting will always have issues when people expect full
graphical formatting, but, well, I do not care all that much. The real
problem is that the above schemes either elide things or the order is
I was considering the use of elinks to do this formatting.
I looked at the man page and decided that this would be a good start for
a command line:
elinks -anonymous 1 -default-mime-type text/html -dump 1 -dump-width 70
-no-connect 1 -no-home 1 -stdin 1
But this does not work. Specifying anonymous (which I need so that
people can't use frames or other includish things to read files on my
system) conflicts with -stdin 1 since that simply uses a
But I don't want them to be able to crash my system or casually
compromise it. I think what I really need is an option that says, "Do
not resolve any urls in what I present you, just render it as best you
are able without referencing anything out of the stream."
I've read the doc and I can't find that option. Am I missing something
or does that option not exist?
(And, finally, is it time to modify the --stdin 1 command line flag so
that it reads from the stdin passed to the program instead of
file:///dev/stdin ? Or does that matter? Can the stdin file just be
removed from the list of things that are tested)
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