Search Wikipedia Ultra-Fast from a Terminal

Posted by elliotfriend on December 24, 2011

I love Linux! There’s no two ways about it! For the past few years, I’ve become enamored with the open-source jewel that is Linux.

Lately, I’ve been going crazy with aliases. I’ve also been trying to make my life easier with some simple Bash/Python scripts.

When my friends over at Hak5 uploaded a HakTip about searching Wikipedia from the terminal, I knew I had to alias/script it up!

Here’s the script I put together:

# Store all arguments I provide as a string, SEARCH
# Replace any spaces with underscores, search wikipedia
dig +short txt ${SEARCH// /_}

Combine that with an alias, like alias wp='/home/elliot/scripts/', and we get the following:

elliot@desktop ~ $ wp the tom green show
"The Tom Green Show is a North American television show which first aired in
September 1994 on Rogers Television 22, a community channel in Ottawa, Ontario
until 1996, and was later picked up by The Comedy Network in 1997\. (In 1996,
Green also produced a p" "ilot episode for CBC Television, although the CBC did
not pick up the series.)"