elvi - surfraw(1) search tools
surfraw elviname [options] search words ...
sr elviname [options] search words ...
sr elviname -help
This is the man page for the elvi, a set of search tools that form part
Surfraw provides a fast unix command line interface to a variety of
popular WWW search engines and other artifacts of power. It reclaims
google, altavista, dejanews, freshmeat, research index, slashdot and
many others from the false‐prophet, pox‐infested heathen lands of html‐
forms, placing these wonders where they belong, deep in unix heartland,
as god loving extensions to the shell.
To search using this elvis, do:
sr elvisname [options] search terms.
For example, to search google for information on Debian ports, using
the "I'm feeling lucky" option:
sr google -l debian ports
To find out about options specific to this elvis, do:
sr elvisname -local-help
To find out about surfraw, see the man page for surfraw(1). To see the
full list of elvi, do:
Adding the elvi to your path
If you are a regular user of surfraw, you will probably get sick of
typing sr or surfraw each time. You can regain the old behaviour of
running the elvi directly by adding the elvi directory (‐
/usr/lib/surfraw) to your path, either manually or using
Use sr elviname -local-help for elvi‐specific options.
The following options work with all elvi.
-help Show summary of options (including elvi‐specific options).
Show elvi‐specific options.
Show version of program.
Set browser (default: sensible-browser).
-elvi Display a list of other Surfraw mechanisms for conquering evil.
Apply url escaping to arguments (default: yes)
Bracket arguments with " characters (default: no) Note that
putting quotes round arguments works now, so you can do, for
sr google foo "bar baz" bam
and the quoting is passed on to the search engine
$ sr ask why is jeeves gay?
$ surfraw google -results=100 RMS, GNU, which is sinner, which is sin?
$ sr austlii -method=phrase dog like
$ /usr/lib/surfraw/rhyme -method=perfect Julian
Please report any bugs found (or any web sites in need of surfrawizing)
either via the debian bug tracking system (http://bugs.debian.org/) or
to the surfraw-devel list (email@example.com).
I need some
Let us go
Surfin' in the raw!
Read HACKING. Surfrawize the soul of your favourite internet wonder.
Join the Shell Users' Revolutionary Front Against the WWW by submitting
code. Reclaim heathen lands. Bear witness to the truth. Its love
will set you free.
Join us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Originally written by Julian Assange.
Now maintained by the surfraw-devel team <‐
See the file AUTHORS for the full list of contributors.
Man page by Ian Beckwith, based on the original README and an earlier
man page for surfraw(1) by Christian Surchi.
Copyright (c) 2003‐2013 The Surfraw-Devel Team
Copyright (c) 2000‐2001 Julian Assange <email@example.com>
Copyright (c) 2001 Australian Institute for Collaborative Research
Copyright (c) 2000 Melbourne Institute for Advanced Study
The copyright holders listed above assert no rights on this release of
the software ``surfraw'' and thereby explicity place this release into
the into the public domain. Do what you will.
Feb 03, 2004 ELVI(1sr)