A challenging question?

Jude DaShiell jdashiel at panix.com
Fri Jan 20 05:14:58 UTC 2017

tmux, not tmox.

On Thu, 19 Jan 2017, Karen Lewellen wrote:

> Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:42:30
> From: Karen Lewellen <klewellen at shellworld.net>
> Reply-To: Linux for blind general discussion <blinux-list at redhat.com>
> To: Linux for blind general discussion <blinux-list at redhat.com>
> Subject: Re: A challenging question?
> 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,
> Kare
> 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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