Search with Google in the terminal

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Terminal Search

The Googler command-line tools let a user set numerous parameters for executing a target-oriented search in the terminal.

The word google is used as both a noun and a verb. Google is now accepted as a verb in standard English. Typically, Google searches are executed in a browser. The small tool Googler provides the user with an alternative that moves a Google search to the command line. Before dismissing the Googler approach as a silly gimmick, you should consider the advantages for certain users discussed here.

The command line has a reputation for being a mere relic of the past. Supposedly, there is no place among modern Linux distributions for such an archaic way of working. It may in fact be true that a modern Linux system can be operated entirely from the graphical interface and that this is a positive development. Even so, administrators and other computer workers place a great deal of value on working in the terminal. During the course of a long career, I have integrated both approaches according to the circumstances at hand. Googler is a perfect match for working in the terminal. I have been working with the program for several weeks now and am getting more and more enthusiastic about using it.

New Tool

Googler [1] is still a new tool that has not found an entry point into all distributions. A Debian package [2] exists for other Debian derivatives, such as Ubuntu and Linux Mint. Although Googler can be installed from the archive with Ubuntu, it is not available there in the current version 2.7.1. It is probably a good idea for you to use the current package. Once downloaded, it can be installed with dpkg -i googler_2.7-1_all.deb and modified as appropriate. Googler can also be installed directly from the Git archive (Listing 1).


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