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       elvi - surfraw(1) search tools


       surfraw elviname [options] search words ...
       sr elviname [options] search words ...
       sr elviname -help
       sr -elvi


       This is the man page for the elvi, a set of search tools that form part
       of surfraw(1).

       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:

        sr -elvi

   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 (  or
       to the surfraw-devel list (



                                      Oh Baybe
                                     I need some
                                    Deep Linking
                                      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


       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 <>
         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)

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