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Old 11-06-2002
Selecting information from several web pages...

Hi All!

Is this possible?

I know of several hundreds of urls linking to similar looking hp-ux man pages, like these. In these urls only the last words separated by / are changing in numbering, so we can generate these...

http://docs.hp.com/hpux/onlinedocs/B...00/31-con.html
http://docs.hp.com/hpux/onlinedocs/B...00/34-con.html
http://docs.hp.com/hpux/onlinedocs/B...3/331-con.html

I know that all these pages follow a certain pattern in their layout. I want to make a small consolidated report of all hp-ux commands listed in these pages with only their, say descriptions, examples etc...

If I have a command which works in a loop on such urls and in each turn return me the page contents, I can filter out sections which I want...

Is this possible? Any hint is highly appreciated...

Also is there a UNIX utility which converts html to simple readable text?

Cheers!
Vishnu.
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Old 11-06-2002
I don't know how to do exactly what you want. But isn't this stuff already in the online man pages? Manipulating them is small change.
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Old 11-06-2002
Yes Perderabo you are right in that..

and in fact I used a small command which used filter out user, sys admin etc commands into consolidated files (which of course had much less utility than the man pages themselves!!!)

I used some thing like this to consolidate user command mans...

man `man -k ' ' | grep '(1)' | awk -F"(" { print $1 } | tr -d "\n" " "` | col -b > consoldatedman

My purpose in asking such question was part of my general wish to be able to crawl thru web pages following certain pattern in their naming...

Cheers!
Vishnu.
 

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