Where can I find info, tutorial, how to, or other instructions for accessing the internet from the command line? I know ping, wget, curl, and aria2 but am wondering what other tools there may be. How did people use internet when computers were primarily or only command line [ain’t that where Bill Gates started with MSDOS? And Unix is way before that].
This in furtherance of popatopalous’s on going training and education.>:)
Then there is also telnet which you could use to send email as well as
remote access to other machines. tar for tar-ing files to tape media or
files… the list goes on. All people have done is built GUI front
ends to all those cli programs…
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In those old (unix) days telnet and ftp were mosty used. You may also have a look at /etc/services. The lower numbered services are roughly those used earlier in history. And yes Lynx … all the sweet memories of the past …
There are many applications you can run from the CLI for all kinds of things. Lynx has already been mentioned as a browser, there is also a version that uses the frame buffer to display graphics - now X windows required.
Believe it or not you can even watch videos in the CLI using the frame buffer - amazing I know. You need to enable the frame buffer (if not already) and then you can use mplayer and actually watch videos from the CLI. Here is an example of how to do so: Mostly CLI: Images and Videos on the Command Line? YES!
Additional CLI multimedia tools include music tools: play, ogg123 and mpg321 as well as alsamixer.
The above list of tools is from “Fedora Linux Toolbox 1000+ Commands for Fedors, CentOS and Red Hat Power Users” by Christopher Negus and Francois Caen. They also have a Suse version of this great little book - I would highly recommend it.
Additionally you can find IM clients for the CLI and innumerable tools. Check out iptraf, one of my favorites for monitoring network connections and traffic.