IN THIS CHAPTER
Web browsing with elinks
Wget, curl, Iftp, 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. To use these commands, open a Terminal window (or use some other means to open a shell interface).
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
elinks. To use a command-line browser, you need to install one of these programs, with package names that match the command names:
lynx, links, w3m, or
elinks. In most cases, if you want a command-line web browser, install the elinks package.
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, ...