[Alpine-info] URL "pushing"
Dan Mahoney, System Admin
danm at prime.gushi.org
Tue Dec 7 20:44:59 PST 2010
I currently run alpine on a unix shell far away from my desktop. I do not
run X11 on my far-away shell server.
My desktop runs OSX, but my home machine and my notebook are Windows. My
general attitude is that the only UI I care about is within the
applications (firefox is generally the same across all platforms, and ssh
apps are all the same once the session is established)
I would like to have a nice, easy way for me to open urls, especially
obnoxiously long ones that cannot be cut-and pasted because they scroll
off the alpine pre-viewer confirmation window.
The minimal answer: Write a url-shortener, like all the ones twitter has
made so popular, and have the "viewer" app simply display the url on
Some terminal apps like SecureCRT "recognize" urls and make them easily
clickable, others like iTerm do a far worse job.
However, I'd like to have some kind of auto-launch method for this. A
daemon which could live on my local system, perhaps some kind of active
bookmark. I've also considered having alpine spawn a script which would
ssh back into my mac (which is static and public) and run firefox with a
command line arg, but that doesn't help once I go home from work.
Has anyone else come up with a decent solution for this, a simple
cross-system rpc-type demon?
I would love to see some sort of standard emerge for this, with some kind
of useful ANSI escape sequence that was rfc-defined, but that might just
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