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NAME ^

google - command-line Google interface

SYNOPSIS ^

  google [options] keyword(s)
  google [options] keyword(s) site:<URL>
  google [options] link:<URL>
  google [options] related:<URL>
  google [options] info:<URL>
  google --help

OPTIONS ^

Following options can be specified either in the command line, or in google startup file found at ~/.googlerc

--help

displays the list of available options and exists

--max-results

number of results returned in the result set

--starts-at

where should the result set start

--safe-mode

filter out offensive and adult content

--snippet

display brief snippet of the resource

--lr

language restrictions

--ie

input encoding. Default is utf-8

--oe

output encoding. Default is utf-8

--man

display full manual of the client

DESCRIPTION ^

google is a command-line interface to Google Search. It uses Aaron Straup Cope's Net::Google library, which in turn, is an interface to Google's SOAP API.

To be able to use this tool, you first need to create an account with Google. It is free. Visit http://www.google.com/apis/ for details. After creating your account successfully, you will be provided with a key to use this tool.

INSTALLATION ^

  perl Makefile.PL
  make
  make install

The above set of commands will install the library to your sitebin folder. It is usually /usr/bin/ in some *nix machines. If you do not have write access to this folder, you can alternatively install in your own ~/bin directory:

  perl Makefile.PL INSTALLSCRIPT=~/bin
  make
  make install

USING google ^

Every time you use google to search the Web, you should provide your key with "--key" option. I know, it gets pretty tedious in no time. That's why we added support for default options file.

google searches for a file called .google or .googlerc in your home directory. If it can't find any, it looks for those files in your current directory as well as in the directory google was installed in.

  [google]
  key=yourLongKeyGoesHere

You can find a more verbose option file in the google distribution folder. Options provided in the command line will override the ones set in the options file.

EXAMPLES ^

  google mod_perl

returns first 10 (unless you overrode it in your options file) results for keyword "mod_perl".

  google --max-results=5 --snippet mod_perl

similar to the first example, but returns first 5 results with snippets.

  google mod_perl site:apache.org

returns first 10 results for mod_perl from apache.org

  google info:perl.com

returns brief information about the resource

  google related:perl.com

returns related resources for perl.com

  google link:cpan.org

returns first 10 resources that have links to cpan.org.

TODO ^

Support for Google's spell checker, as well as Google cache

COPYRIGHT ^

Copyright (C) 2003 Sherzod B. Ruzmetov. google is free software. You can modify and/or redistribute it under GNU/Artistic license.

AUTHOR ^

Sherzod B. Ruzmetov <sherzodr@handalak.com>

BUGS ^

For bugs, feed backs and suggestions: <sherzodr@cpan.com>

SEE ALSO ^

http://www.google.com/apis, Net::Google, Net::Google::Search

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