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    manipulating web pages via terminal

    Hello!

    I am searching for a way to manipulate content(functions, possibilities) of web pages using terminal(bash scripting). For example to log into http://ubuntuforums.org account, then read new posts and maybe post a new thread. I wasn't able to find any useful information, only how to get(wget; or send mail) not to post. It would be great if it's possible

    Thank you

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    Re: manipulating web pages via terminal

    Quote Originally Posted by diabolusss View Post
    Hello!

    I am searching for a way to manipulate content(functions, possibilities) of web pages using terminal(bash scripting). For example to log into http://ubuntuforums.org account, then read new posts and maybe post a new thread. I wasn't able to find any useful information, only how to get(wget; or send mail) not to post. It would be great if it's possible

    Thank you
    I don't think this is possible, as posts are submited via HTTP POST.

    However, there are some text-based browsers that you can use, mainly links2 and lynx
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    Re: manipulating web pages via terminal

    Dillo is another lightweight browser. Since the source is available, you might be able to hook into one of the lightweight browsers to read posts and submit posts. You are looking for an API to talk to and I am not aware of a vBulletin API that would let you talk to it directly. But I am interested in what you come up with. Brings me back to the BBS days--telephone modem bulletin board systems.

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    Re: manipulating web pages via terminal

    i suspected that my idea might sound too crazy, however, thank you, everyone, for a clues. i'll try cURL and maybe something will come out of this xD

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    Re: manipulating web pages via terminal

    Send a message (http://ubuntuforums.org/sendmessage.php) and ask them how you can interact with the forums through a text-based window.
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