UNIX Text-Based Applications for Mail, Newsgroups and Web Browsing
Modern web browsers not only allow you to access the world-wide web
but also allow you to read and send e-mail and to read and post to
Sometimes when you access a UNIX machine, however, you are not given
access via the usual windowing environment:
but instead, just have a single terminal window:
in which you can log in and type UNIX commands. With a single terminal
window, you cannot necessary run graphical applications like a standard
web browser. Here, we will discuss 3 applications that (respectively)
allow you to access mail, news and the web via a text-based terminal...
Using Pine for E-mail
- Download the file
plumcrisp.txt into your home
- Use Pine to send a message to yourself with the file attached.
- View the message and its attachment in Pine.
Using Tin for
- Post a short message to the newsgroup bu.test using Tin.
- View the message you posted using Tin. (Note: if you are in the
group when you post the message, you may not see it until you get out
of and then back into the group.)
Using Lynx for Web
Exercise: View your course home page using Lynx.
BU CAS CS - Unix Text-Based Applications for Mail, Newsgroups and Web Browsing
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