Provided by: surfraw_2.3.0-0.3_all bug


       elvi - surfraw(1) search tools


       surfraw elviname [options] search words ...
       sr elviname [options] search words ...
       sr elviname -help
       sr -elvi


       This is the man page for the elvi, a set of search tools that form part of surfraw(1).

       Surfraw  provides  a  fast  unix command line interface to a variety of popular WWW search
       engines and other artifacts of power. It reclaims google, altavista, dejanews,  freshmeat,
       research  index,  slashdot  and  many  others from the false‐prophet, pox‐infested heathen
       lands of html‐forms, placing these wonders where they belong, deep in unix  heartland,  as
       god loving extensions to the shell.

       To search using this elvis, do:

        sr elvisname [options] search terms.

       For  example,  to  search  google  for information on Debian ports, using the "I'm feeling
       lucky" option:

        sr google -l debian ports

       To find out about options specific to this elvis, do:

        sr elvisname -local-help

       To find out about surfraw, see the man page for surfraw(1).  To see the full list of elvi,

        sr -elvi

   Adding the elvi to your path
       If  you  are a regular user of surfraw, you will probably get sick of typing sr or surfraw
       each time. You can regain the old behaviour of running the elvi  directly  by  adding  the
       elvi   directory   (/usr/lib/surfraw)   to   your   path,   either   manually   or   using


       Use  sr elviname -local-help for elvi‐specific options.

       The following options work with all elvi.

       -help  Show summary of options (including elvi‐specific options).

              Show elvi‐specific options.

              Show version of program.

              Set browser (default: sensible-browser).

       -elvi  Display a list of other Surfraw mechanisms for conquering evil.

              Apply url escaping to arguments (default: yes)

              Bracket arguments with " characters (default: no) Note that  putting  quotes  round
              arguments works now, so you can do, for example:

               sr google foo "bar baz" bam

              and the quoting is passed on to the search engine


        $ sr ask why is jeeves gay?
        $ surfraw google -results=100 RMS, GNU, which is sinner, which is sin?
        $ sr austlii -method=phrase dog like
        $ /usr/lib/surfraw/rhyme -method=perfect Julian


       Please  report  any  bugs  found (or any web sites in need of surfrawizing) either via the
       debian bug tracking system (  or  to  the  surfraw-devel  list  (‐



                                                Oh Baybe
                                              I need some
                                              Deep Linking
                                               Let us go
                                          Surfin' in the raw!

       Read  HACKING.  Surfrawize  the  soul  of  your favourite internet wonder.  Join the Shell
       Users' Revolutionary Front Against the WWW by submitting  code.   Reclaim  heathen  lands.
       Bear witness to the truth.  Its love will set you free.

       Join us on


       Originally written by Julian Assange.

       Now maintained by the surfraw-devel team <>.

       See the file AUTHORS for the full list of contributors.

       Man  page  by  Ian  Beckwith,  based  on  the  original README and an earlier man page for
       surfraw(1) by Christian Surchi.


         Copyright (c) 2003‐2018 The Surfraw-Devel Team
         Copyright (c) 2000‐2001 Julian Assange <>
         Copyright (c) 2001 Australian Institute for Collaborative Research
         Copyright (c) 2000 Melbourne Institute for Advanced Study

       The copyright holders listed above assert no  rights  on  this  release  of  the  software
       ``surfraw''  and thereby explicitly place this release into the into the public domain. Do
       what you will.

                                           Feb 03, 2004                                 ELVI(1sr)