IN THIS CHAPTER
Web browsing with elinks
Wget, curl, lftp, and scp for file transfers
Sharing directories with NFS, Samba, and SSHFS
IRC chats with irssi
Mail and mutt e-mail clients
In the time it takes to fire up a graphical FTP client, you could already have downloaded a few dozen files from a remote server using command line tools. Even when a GUI is available, commands for transferring files, web browsing, sharing directories, and reading mail can be quick and efficient to use. When no GUI is available, they can be lifesavers.
This chapter covers commands for accessing resources (files, e-mail, shared directories, and online chats) over the network.
Text-mode web browsers provide a quick way to check that a web server is working or to get information from a web server when a useable GUI isn't available. The once-popular
lynx text-based browser was supplanted in most Linux systems by the
links browser, which was later replaced by
links now runs
elinks browser runs in a terminal window. Aside from not displaying images in the terminal,
elinks can handle most basic HTML content and features: tables, frames, tabbed browsing, cookies, history, mime types, and simple cascading style sheets (CSS). You can even use your mouse to follow links and select menu items.
elinks supports multiple colors, as long as the terminal you are using supports multiple colors, it's easy to spot links ...