[elinks-users] why use elinks? and how to search archives?

Chris Jones cjns1989 at gmail.com
Mon Nov 15 05:24:48 PST 2010

On Mon, Jul 05, 2010 at 03:12:25PM EDT, Miciah Dashiel Butler Masters wrote:
> On Mon, Jul 05, 2010 at 07:09:18PM +0000, Miciah Dashiel Butler Masters wrote:
> [...]
> >The general reasons I use ELinks, most of which others have touched
> >upon, are
> [...]
> Oh, and one other pet peeve I forgot to mention: Unlike Chrome and
> Firefox, ELinks doesn't burn CPU (and thus generate heat and waste
> battery) when it's idle.

Looks like I missed out on this one.

I fully agree with the above - having had to kill idle Firefox sessions
on a number of occasions because it was using some 30% CPU _and_ causing
X to do likewise, nicely giving the fan on my laptop a nice prolonged
workout in the process. System's temperature in such circumstances is
somewhere in the vicinity of 78°C.

While I'm at it, I thought I'd mention an additional reason why I use

For mutt users like myself, ELinks is great for displaying email
messages because (obviously) http links are directly accessible by just
tabbing to them and hitting enter. 

Considerably more user-friendly than urlview/urlscan and in essence,
nicely emulates what you get in GUI style mail readers, but especially
on slower machines, it is considerably faster.

in $HOME/.muttrc:

  macro index   \cv |elinks\n'
  macro pager   \cv |elinks\n'

And whenever I see an http link in an email message in mutt's default
pager, I just hit CTRL-V and voilà, I'm in web browsing mode. 


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Shall whet their knives and think of you. 
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