A challenging question?

Karen Lewellen klewellen at shellworld.net
Fri Jan 20 04:42:30 UTC 2017

Hi folks,
I do wonder if we have tmox at shellworld.
Actually, the printer friendly  edition of emails at google will produce 
fine text, and yes I can save the file with the p function.
The challenge is, since this is court evidence, I must gather  likely a 
couple  hundred of them.
Something to petition the judge regarding.
Thanks for the ideas,

On Thu, 19 Jan 2017, Tim Chase wrote:

> On January 19, 2017, Karen Lewellen wrote:
>> Asking just in case there is a simple tool  for this process.
>> I need to capture several emails from my gmail account.  It is
>> critical that the e-mails appear, as they do for me, not how they
>> might in standard view, i. e. with alt tags  visible for anyone.
>> Lynx, links, and e-links are the browsers I wish to use for this, I
>> would imagine the alt tag would be different even if I had access
>> to say Firefox.
> Depending on the target audience, a couple ways come to mind:
> 1) In lynx-the-cat, use the "p" command to print to a file.  This is
> basically the same thing as doing a "lynx -dump" on a page.  In
> links-the-chain and elinks, you can use "File, Save formatted
> document" to get the same sort of results.
> 2) use your terminal emulator's copy/paste functionality to select
> the content of the gmail session in lynx/links/elinks session
> 3) fire up GNU screen or tmux, launch Lynx inside, browse to your
> email, and then use the "scrollback" functionality in screen/tmux to
> copy text off the screen into a buffer, then use the screen/tmux
> scrollback-paste functionality to dump it into a file.
> 4) use the "script" program to record the entire session with
> timings:
>  $ script --timing=gmail.timings gmail.script
>  $ lynx https://gmail.com
>  (do your thing)
>  $ exit  # leaves the "script" recording session
> this will give you two files "gmail.timings" and "gmail.script" which
> you can then play back with
>  $ scriptreplay gmail.timings gmail.script
> Now on to comparing:
> #1 is easiest choice with some of the best results for the use-case
> you are describing.
> #2 & #3 are basically a screen capture of the text that you can dump
> into a text file, but don't include any coloration or playback (like
> #1).  Also, these usually end up being one screen at a time with
> full-screen curses applications like lynx/links/elinks, so if your
> text is more than one page, it's a bit annoying to capture, save,
> scroll, capture, save, repeat. But they do work for any terminal
> application, not just relying on browser-specific functionality.
> #4 gives an exact replay of the options, but requires a terminal that
> understands it.  If you're playing back on the same terminal where
> you recorded, this has no issues.  But if you're trying to share it,
> there may be hurdles involved.  Also, while a quick test here
> suggests that script doesn't capture passwords in certain modes, it
> might if recording a lynx/links session, so I'd either only share it
> with someone you trust with your gmail password, or redact the file
> before sharing it.
> And if you haven't had a chance to play with screen/tmux, they're
> incredibly powerful and well worth the investment of time (I
> personally prefer and recommend tmux, but both are substantially
> similar to the end user).
> As usual, my verbose replies are likely overkill, but hopefully give
> you some options to explore. (grins)
> -tim
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