Provided by: links2_2.1pre20-2_i386 bug


       links2 - lynx-like alternative character mode WWW browser


       links2 [options] URL
       xlinks2 [options] URL


       links2  is  a  text mode WWW browser with ncurses interface, supporting
       colors, correct table rendering, background  downloading,  menu  driven
       configuration interface and slim code.

       Frames  are  supported.  You can have different file formats associated
       with external viewers. mailto: and telnet: are supported  via  external

       links2 can handle local (file://) or remote (http:// or ftp://) URLs.


       Most  options  can  be  set  in  the  user interface or config file, so
       usually you do not need to care about them.

       -g     Run Links2 in graphics mode. If not given, Links2  will  run  in
              text  mode.   Running  in  graphics  mode means that Links2 will
              probe all compiled‐in graphics devices  and  run  on  the  first
              found.  If  none  found,  links2 will not run in text mode. This
              option works only if ‐‐enable‐graphics was given to ./configure.

       -mode <parameter>
              Pass  a  parameter  to  the graphics driver. On SVGAlib, this is
              widthxheightxdepth, (where depth is 16, 256, 32K,  64K,  16M  or
              16M32)  and  defines  the  graphics  mode,  on  X  the format is
              widthxheight and defines the window size.

       -async-dns <0>/<1>
              Asynchronous DNS resolver on(1)/off(0).

       -max-connections <max>
              Maximum number of concurrent connections.  (default: 10)

       -max-connections-to-host <max>
              Maximum  number  of  concurrent  connection  to  a  given  host.
              (default: 2)

       -retries <retry>
              Number of retries.  (default: 3)

       -receive-timeout <sec>
              Timeout on receive.  (default: 120)

       -unrestartable-receive-timeout <sec>
              Timeout on non restartable connections.  (default: 600)

       -format-cache-size <num>
              Number of formatted document pages cached.  (default: 5)

       -memory-cache-size <Kbytes>
              Cache memory in Kilobytes.  (default: 1024)

       -http-proxy <host:port>
              Host  and  port  number  of the HTTP proxy, or blank.  (default:

       -ftp-proxy <host:port>
              Host and port number of the  FTP  proxy,  or  blank.   (default:

       -download-dir <path>
              Default download directory.  (default: actual dir)

       -assume-codepage <codepage>
              Use  the  given  codepage  when  the webpage did not specify its
              codepage. (default: ISO 8859-1)

              Restrict links2 so that it can run on an anonymous account.   No
              local  file  browsing.  No  downloads.  Executing  of viewers is
              allowed, but user can’t add or  modify  entries  in  association

              Runs  links2  as  a separate instance - instead of connecting to
              existing instance.

              Prints the links2 version number and exit.

       -help  Printf a help screen


       The keys you may use while navigating are

       PGDN   page down

       Space  page down

       PGUP   page up

       b      page up

       B      page up

              next link/down (text mode), scroll down (graphics mode)

              prev link/up (text mode), up (graphics mode)

       ^INS   copy to clipboard

       ^C     copy to clipboard (OS/2 only)

       INS    scroll up (text mode only)

       ^P     scroll up

       DEL    scroll down

       ^N     scroll down

       [      scroll left

       ]      scroll right

       HOME   home

       END    end of page

              enter link/press button  (text  mode),  scroll  right  (graphics

       ENTER  enter link/press button

              go back (text mode), scroll left (graphics mode)

       d      download link (text mode only)

       D      download link (text mode only)

       /      search in the page

       ?      search back in the page

       n      find next match

       N      find next match backwards

       f      zoom actual frame

       F      zoom actual frame

       ^R     reload page

       g      go to URL

       G      edit the current URL and goto the result

       s      bookmark manager

       S      bookmark manager

       q      quit, close window if more windows are open

       Q      quit, close window if more windows are open

       =      document informations

       \      toggle HTML source/rendered view

       TAB    next frame (text mode only)

       ESC    menu/escape

       F9     menu

       F10    file menu


       The following keys can be used while editing a line/jumping to a URL:

              move right

              move left

       HOME   jump at the beginning

       ^A     jump at the beginning

       END    jump at the end

       ^E     jump at the end

       ^INS   copy to clipboard

       ^B     copy to clipboard

       ^X     cut to clipboard (text mode only)

       ^V     paste from clipboard (text mode only)

       ENTER  enter line

              delete back character

       ^H     delete back character

       DEL    delete character

       ^D     delete character

       ^U     delete from beginning of the line

       ^K     delete to the end of the line

       ^W     auto complete line


              Per‐user configfile, automatically created by links2.


       links2  is known to work on Linux, FreeBSD, Solaris, IRIX, HPUX,
       Digital Unix, AIX, OS/2 and BeOS.  Port for Win32 is in state of
       beta testing.


       Can’t connect to some FTP servers (Novell, NT). Connection stays
       in "Request sent" state.

       Frames don’t work if there’s more frames with  same  name.  Turn
       them off in such case.

       You can’t upload large files; it takes _lots_ of memory.

       You shoudn’t press ’^Z’ when you are in a viewer

       Please  report  any  other  bugs  you  find  to  Mikulas Patocka


       links2 is free software; you can redistribute it  and/or  modify
       it  under  the  terms  of  the  GNU  General  Public  License as
       published by the Free Software Foundation; either version  2  of
       the License, or (at your option) any later version.


       links2  was  written  by Mikulas Patocka, KarelClockKulhavy,
       PetrBrainKulhavy,  and  MartinPerMPergel.   See  file
       AUTHORS for a list of people contributing to this project.

       The     homepage     of     links2     can     be    found    at

       This manual page was written by Peter  Gervai  <>,
       using  excerpts  from a (yet?) unknown links2 fan for the Debian
       GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others). Updated  by  Karel


       elinks(1), links(1), lynx(1), w3m(1)

                                   Dec, 2000                         LINKS2(1)