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1 LYNX
2 Name
lynx - a general purpose distributed information browser for the World
Wide Web
2 Synopsis
lynx [options] [path or URL]
use "lynx -help" to display a complete list of current options.
2 Description
Lynx is a fully-featured World Wide Web (WWW) client for users running
cursor-addressable, character-cell display devices (e.g., vt100
terminals, vt100 emulators running on Windows 95/NT or Macintoshes, or
any other "curses-oriented" display). It will display hypertext markup
language (HTML) documents containing links to files residing on the
local system, as well as files residing on remote systems running
Gopher, HTTP, FTP, WAIS, and NNTP servers. Current versions of Lynx
run on Unix, VMS, Windows 95/NT, 386DOS and OS/2 EMX.
Lynx can be used to access information on the World Wide Web, or to
build information systems intended primarily for local access. For
example, Lynx has been used to build several Campus Wide Information
Systems (CWIS). In addition, Lynx can be used to build systems
isolated within a single LAN.
2 Options
At start up, Lynx will load any local file or remote URL specified at
the command line. For help with URLs, press "?" or "H" while running
Lynx. Then follow the link titled, "Help on URLs."
If more than one local file or remote URL is listed on the command
line, Lynx will open only the last interactively. All of the names
(local files and remote URLs) are added to the G)oto history.
Lynx uses only long option names. Option names can begin with double
dash as well, underscores and dashes can be intermixed in option names
(in the reference below options are with one dash before them and with
underscores).
Lynx provides many command-line options. Some options require a value
(string, number or keyword). These are noted in the reference below.
The other options set boolean values in the program. There are three
types of boolean options: set, unset and toggle. If no option value is
given, these have the obvious meaning: set (to true), unset (to false),
or toggle (between true/false). For any of these, an explicit value
can be given in different forms to allow for operating system
constraints, e.g.,
-center:off
-center=off
-center-
Lynx recognizes "1", "+", "on" and "true" for true values, and "0",
"-", "off" and "false" for false values. Other option-values are
ignored.
The default boolean, number and string option values that are compiled
into lynx are displayed in the help-message provided by lynx -help.
Some of those may differ according to how lynx was built; see the help
message itself for these values. The -help option is processed before
any option, including those that control reading from the lynx.cfg
file. Therefore runtime configuration values are not reflected in the
help-message.
- If the argument is only `-', then Lynx expects to receive the
arguments from the standard input. This is to allow for the
potentially very long command line that can be associated with
the -get_data or -post_data arguments (see below). It can also
be used to avoid having sensitive information in the invoking
command line (which would be visible to other processes on most
systems), especially when the -auth or -pauth options are used.
-accept_all_cookies
accept all cookies.
-anonymous
apply restrictions for anonymous account, see also
-restrictions.
-assume_charset=MIMEname
charset for documents that don't specify it.
-assume_local_charset=MIMEname
charset assumed for local files, i.e., files which lynx creates
such as internal pages for the options menu.
-assume_unrec_charset=MIMEname
use this instead of unrecognized charsets.
-auth=ID:PASSWD
set authorization ID and password for protected documents at
startup. Be sure to protect any script files which use this
switch.
-base prepend a request URL comment and BASE tag to text/html outputs
for -source dumps.
-bibp=URL
specify a local bibp server (default http://bibhost/).
-blink forces high intensity background colors for color mode, if
available and supported by the terminal. This applies to the
slang library (for a few terminal emulators), or to OS/2 EMX
with ncurses.
-book use the bookmark page as the startfile. The default or command
line startfile is still set for the Main screen command, and
will be used if the bookmark page is unavailable or blank.
-buried_news
toggles scanning of news articles for buried references, and
converts them to news links. Not recommended because email
addresses enclosed in angle brackets will be converted to false
news links, and uuencoded messages can be trashed.
-cache=NUMBER
set the NUMBER of documents cached in memory. The default is
10.
-case enable case-sensitive string searching.
-center
Toggle center alignment in HTML TABLE.
-cfg=FILENAME
specifies a Lynx configuration file other than the default
lynx.cfg.
-child exit on left-arrow in startfile, and disable save to disk.
-cmd_log=FILENAME
write keystroke commands and related information to the
specified file.
-cmd_script=FILENAME
read keystroke commands from the specified file. You can use
the data written using the -cmd_log option. Lynx will ignore
other information which the command-logging may have written to
the logfile. Each line of the command script contains either a
comment beginning with "#", or a keyword:
exit causes the script to stop, and forces Lynx to exit
immediately.
key the character value, in printable form. Cursor and other
special keys are given as names, e.g., "Down Arrow".
Printable 7-bit ASCII codes are given as-is, and hexadecimal
values represent other 8-bit codes.
set followed by a "name=value" allows one to override values set
in the lynx.cfg file.
-color forces color mode on, if available. Default color control
sequences which work for many terminal types are assumed if the
terminal capability description does not specify how to handle
color. Lynx needs to be compiled with the slang library for
this flag, it is equivalent to setting the COLORTERM environment
variable. (If color support is instead provided by a color-
capable curses library like ncurses, Lynx relies completely on
the terminal description to determine whether color mode is
possible, and this flag is not needed and thus unavailable.) A
saved show_color=always setting found in a .lynxrc file at
startup has the same effect. A saved show_color=never found in
.lynxrc on startup is overridden by this flag.
-connect_timeout=N
Sets the connection timeout, where N is given in seconds.
-cookie_file=FILENAME
specifies a file to use to read cookies. If none is specified,
the default value is ~/.lynx_cookies for most systems, but
~/cookies for MS-DOS.
-cookie_save_file=FILENAME
specifies a file to use to store cookies. If none is specified,
the value given by -cookie_file is used.
-cookies
toggles handling of Set-Cookie headers.
-core toggles forced core dumps on fatal errors. Turn this option off
to ask Lynx to force a core dump if a fatal error occurs.
-crawl with -traversal, output each page to a file. with -dump, format
output as with -traversal, but to the standard output.
-curses_pads
toggles the use of curses "pad" feature which supports
left/right scrolling of the display.
-debug_partial
separate incremental display stages with MessageSecs delay
-delay add DebugSecs delay after each progress-message
-display=DISPLAY
set the display variable for X rexec-ed programs.
-display_charset=MIMEname
set the charset for the terminal output.
-dont_wrap_pre
inhibit wrapping of text in <pre> when -dump'ing and -crawl'ing,
mark wrapped lines in interactive session.
-dump dumps the formatted output of the default document or those
specified on the command line to standard output. Unlike
interactive mode, all documents are processed. This can be used
in the following way:
lynx -dump http://www.subir.com/lynx.html
-editor=EDITOR
enable external editing, using the specified EDITOR. (vi, ed,
emacs, etc.)
-emacskeys
enable emacs-like key movement.
-enable_scrollback
toggles compatibility with communication programs' scrollback
keys (may be incompatible with some curses packages).
-error_file=FILE
define a file where Lynx will report HTTP access codes.
-exec enable local program execution (normally not configured).
-fileversions
include all versions of files in local VMS directory listings.
-find_leaks
toggle memory leak-checking. Normally this is not compiled-into
your executable, but when it is, it can be disabled for a
session.
-force_empty_hrefless_a
force HREF-less `A' elements to be empty (close them as soon as
they are seen).
-force_html
forces the first document to be interpreted as HTML.
-force_secure
toggles forcing of the secure flag for SSL cookies.
-forms_options
toggles whether the Options Menu is key-based or form-based.
-from toggles transmissions of From headers.
-ftp disable ftp access.
-get_data
properly formatted data for a get form are read in from the
standard input and passed to the form. Input is terminated by a
line that starts with `---'.
-head send a HEAD request for the mime headers.
-help print the Lynx command syntax usage message.
-hiddenlinks=[option]
control the display of hidden links.
merge hidden links show up as bracketed numbers and are numbered
together with other links in the sequence of their occurrence in
the document.
listonly hidden links are shown only on L)ist screens and
listings generated by -dump or from the P)rint menu, but appear
separately at the end of those lists. This is the default
behavior.
ignore hidden links do not appear even in listings.
-historical
toggles use of `>' or `-->' as a terminator for comments.
-homepage=URL
set homepage separate from start page.
-image_links
toggles inclusion of links for all images.
-index=URL
set the default index file to the specified URL.
-ismap toggles inclusion of ISMAP links when client-side MAPs are
present.
-justify
do justification of text.
-link=NUMBER
starting count for lnk#.dat files produced by -crawl.
-listonly
for -dump, show only the list of links.
-localhost
disable URLs that point to remote hosts.
-locexec
enable local program execution from local files only (if Lynx
was compiled with local execution enabled).
-lss=FILENAME
specify filename containing color-style information. The
default is lynx.lss.
-mime_header
prints the MIME header of a fetched document along with its
source.
-minimal
toggles minimal versus valid comment parsing.
-nested_tables
toggles nested-tables logic (for debugging).
-newschunksize=NUMBER
number of articles in chunked news listings.
-newsmaxchunk=NUMBER
maximum news articles in listings before chunking.
-nobold
disable bold video-attribute.
-nobrowse
disable directory browsing.
-nocc disable Cc: prompts for self copies of mailings. Note that this
does not disable any CCs which are incorporated within a mailto
URL or form ACTION.
-nocolor
force color mode off, overriding terminal capabilities and any
-color flags, COLORTERM variable, and saved .lynxrc settings.
-noexec
disable local program execution. (DEFAULT)
-nofilereferer
disable transmissions of Referer headers for file URLs.
-nolist
disable the link list feature in dumps.
-nolog disable mailing of error messages to document owners.
-nomargins
disable left/right margins in the default style sheet.
-nonrestarting_sigwinch
This flag is not available on all systems, Lynx needs to be
compiled with HAVE_SIGACTION defined. If available, this flag
may cause Lynx to react more immediately to window changes when
run within an xterm.
-nonumbers
disable link- and field-numbering. This overrides
-number_fields and -number_links.
-nopause
disable forced pauses for statusline messages.
-noprint
disable most print functions.
-noredir
prevents automatic redirection and prints a message with a link
to the new URL.
-noreferer
disable transmissions of Referer headers.
-noreverse
disable reverse video-attribute.
-nosocks
disable SOCKS proxy usage by a SOCKSified Lynx.
-nostatus
disable the retrieval status messages.
-notitle
disable title and blank line from top of page.
-nounderline
disable underline video-attribute.
-number_fields
force numbering of links as well as form input fields
-number_links
force numbering of links.
-partial
toggles display partial pages while loading.
-partial_thres=NUMBER
number of lines to render before repainting display with
partial-display logic
-pauth=ID:PASSWD
set authorization ID and password for a protected proxy server
at startup. Be sure to protect any script files which use this
switch.
-popup toggles handling of single-choice SELECT options via popup
windows or as lists of radio buttons.
-post_data
properly formatted data for a post form are read in from the
standard input and passed to the form. Input is terminated by a
line that starts with `---'.
-preparsed
show HTML source preparsed and reformatted when used with
-source or in source view.
-prettysrc
show HTML source view with lexical elements and tags in color.
-print enable print functions. (default)
-pseudo_inlines
toggles pseudo-ALTs for inline images with no ALT string.
-raw toggles default setting of 8-bit character translations or CJK
mode for the startup character set.
-realm restricts access to URLs in the starting realm.
-reload
flushes the cache on a proxy server (only the first document
affected).
-restrictions=[option][,option][,option]...
allows a list of services to be disabled selectively. Dashes and
underscores in option names can be intermixed. The following
list is printed if no options are specified.
all - restricts all options listed below.
bookmark - disallow changing the location of the bookmark file.
bookmark_exec - disallow execution links via the bookmark file.
change_exec_perms - disallow changing the eXecute permission on
files (but still allow it for directories) when local file
management is enabled.
default - same as command line option -anonymous. Disables
default services for anonymous users. Set to all restricted,
except for: inside_telnet, outside_telnet, inside_ftp,
outside_ftp, inside_rlogin, outside_rlogin, inside_news,
outside_news, telnet_port, jump, mail, print, exec, and goto.
The settings for these, as well as additional goto restrictions
for specific URL schemes that are also applied, are derived from
definitions within userdefs.h.
dired_support - disallow local file management.
disk_save - disallow saving to disk in the download and print
menus.
dotfiles - disallow access to, or creation of, hidden (dot)
files.
download - disallow some downloaders in the download menu (does
not imply disk_save restriction).
editor - disallow external editing.
exec - disable execution scripts.
exec_frozen - disallow the user from changing the local
execution option.
externals - disallow some "EXTERNAL" configuration lines if
support for passing URLs to external applications (with the
EXTERN command) is compiled in.
file_url - disallow using G)oto, served links or bookmarks for
file: URLs.
goto - disable the `g' (goto) command.
inside_ftp - disallow ftps for people coming from inside your
domain (utmp required for selectivity).
inside_news - disallow USENET news posting for people coming
from inside your domain (utmp required for selectivity).
inside_rlogin - disallow rlogins for people coming from inside
your domain (utmp required for selectivity).
inside_telnet - disallow telnets for people coming from inside
your domain (utmp required for selectivity).
jump - disable the `j' (jump) command.
multibook - disallow multiple bookmarks.
mail - disallow mail.
news_post - disallow USENET News posting.
options_save - disallow saving options in .lynxrc.
outside_ftp - disallow ftps for people coming from outside your
domain (utmp required for selectivity).
outside_news - disallow USENET news reading and posting for
people coming from outside your domain (utmp required for
selectivity). This restriction applies to "news", "nntp",
"newspost", and "newsreply" URLs, but not to "snews",
"snewspost", or "snewsreply" in case they are supported.
outside_rlogin - disallow rlogins for people coming from outside
your domain (utmp required for selectivity).
outside_telnet - disallow telnets for people coming from outside
your domain (utmp required for selectivity).
print - disallow most print options.
shell - disallow shell escapes and lynxexec or lynxprog G)oto's.
suspend - disallow Unix Control-Z suspends with escape to shell.
telnet_port - disallow specifying a port in telnet G)oto's.
useragent - disallow modifications of the User-Agent header.
-resubmit_posts
toggles forced resubmissions (no-cache) of forms with method
POST when the documents they returned are sought with the
PREV_DOC command or from the History List.
-rlogin
disable recognition of rlogin commands.
-scrollbar
toggles showing scrollbar.
-scrollbar_arrow
toggles showing arrows at ends of the scrollbar.
-selective
require .www_browsable files to browse directories.
-short_url
show very long URLs in the status line with "..." to represent
the portion which cannot be displayed. The beginning and end of
the URL are displayed, rather than suppressing the end.
-show_cursor
If enabled the cursor will not be hidden in the right hand
corner but will instead be positioned at the start of the
currently selected link. Show cursor is the default for systems
without FANCY_CURSES capabilities. The default configuration
can be changed in userdefs.h or lynx.cfg. The command line
switch toggles the default.
-show_rate
If enabled the transfer rate is shown in bytes/second. If
disabled, no transfer rate is shown. Use lynx.cfg or the
options menu to select KB/second and/or ETA.
-soft_dquotes
toggles emulation of the old Netscape and Mosaic bug which
treated `>' as a co-terminator for double-quotes and tags.
-source
works the same as dump but outputs HTML source instead of
formatted text. For example
lynx -source . >foo.html
generates HTML source listing the files in the current
directory. Each file is marked by an HREF relative to the
parent directory. Add a trailing slash to make the HREF's
relative to the current directory:
lynx -source ./ >foo.html
-stack_dump
disable SIGINT cleanup handler
-startfile_ok
allow non-http startfile and homepage with -validate.
-stderr
When dumping a document using -dump or -source, Lynx normally
does not display alert (error) messages that you see on the
screen in the status line. Use the -stderr option to tell Lynx
to write these messages to the standard error.
-stdin read the startfile from standard input (UNIX only).
-syslog=text
information for syslog call.
-syslog-urls
log requested URLs with syslog.
-tagsoup
initialize parser, using Tag Soup DTD rather than SortaSGML.
-telnet
disable recognition of telnet commands.
-term=TERM
tell Lynx what terminal type to assume it is talking to. (This
may be useful for remote execution, when, for example, Lynx
connects to a remote TCP/IP port that starts a script that, in
turn, starts another Lynx process.)
-timeout=N
For win32, sets the network read-timeout, where N is given in
seconds.
-tlog toggles between using a Lynx Trace Log and stderr for trace
output from the session.
-tna turns on "Textfields Need Activation" mode.
-trace turns on Lynx trace mode. Destination of trace output depends
on -tlog.
-trace_mask=value
turn on optional traces, which may result in very large trace
files. Logically OR the values to combine options:
1=SGML character parsing states
2=color-style
4=TRST (table layout)
8=config (lynx.cfg and .lynxrc contents)
16=binary string copy/append, used in form data construction.
-traversal
traverse all http links derived from startfile. When used with
-crawl, each link that begins with the same string as startfile
is output to a file, intended for indexing. See CRAWL.announce
for more information.
trim_input_fields
trim input text/textarea fields in forms.
-underline_links
toggles use of underline/bold attribute for links.
-underscore
toggles use of _underline_ format in dumps.
-use_mouse
turn on mouse support, if available. Clicking the left mouse
button on a link traverses it. Clicking the right mouse button
pops back. Click on the top line to scroll up. Click on the
bottom line to scroll down. The first few positions in the top
and bottom line may invoke additional functions. Lynx must be
compiled with ncurses or slang to support this feature. If
ncurses is used, clicking the middle mouse button pops up a
simple menu. Mouse clicks may only work reliably while Lynx is
idle waiting for input.
-useragent=Name
set alternate Lynx User-Agent header.
-validate
accept only http URLs (for validation). Complete security
restrictions also are implemented.
-verbose
toggle [LINK], [IMAGE] and [INLINE] comments with filenames of
these images.
-version
print version information.
-vikeys
enable vi-like key movement.
-wdebug
enable Waterloo tcp/ip packet debug (print to watt debugfile).
This applies only to DOS versions compiled with WATTCP or
WATT-32.
-width=NUMBER
number of columns for formatting of dumps, default is 80.
-with_backspaces
emit backspaces in output if -dump'ing or -crawl'ing (like `man'
does)
2 Commands
o Use Up arrow and Down arrow to scroll through hypertext links.
o Right arrow or Return will follow a highlighted hypertext link.
o Left Arrow will retreat from a link.
o Type "H" or "?" for online help and descriptions of key-stroke
commands.
o Type "K" for a complete list of the current key-stroke command
mappings.
2 Environment
In addition to various "standard" environment variables such as HOME,
PATH, USER, DISPLAY, TMPDIR, etc, Lynx utilizes several Lynx-specific
environment variables, if they exist.
Others may be created or modified by Lynx to pass data to an external
program, or for other reasons. These are listed separately below.
See also the sections on SIMULATED CGI SUPPORT and NATIVE LANGUAGE
SUPPORT, below.
Note: Not all environment variables apply to all types of platforms
supported by Lynx, though most do. Feedback on platform dependencies
is solicited.
Environment Variables Used By Lynx:
COLORTERM If set, color capability for the terminal is forced
on at startup time. The actual value assigned to
the variable is ignored. This variable is only
meaningful if Lynx was built using the slang
screen-handling library.
LYNX_CFG This variable, if set, will override the default
location and name of the global configuration file
(normally, lynx.cfg) that was defined by the
LYNX_CFG_FILE constant in the userdefs.h file,
during installation. See the userdefs.h file for
more information.
LYNX_LOCALEDIR If set, this variable overrides the compiled-in
location of the locale directory which contains
native language (NLS) message text.
LYNX_LSS This variable, if set, specifies the location of
the default Lynx character style sheet file.
[Currently only meaningful if Lynx was built using
experimental color style support.]
LYNX_SAVE_SPACE This variable, if set, will override the default
path prefix for files saved to disk that is defined
in the lynx.cfg SAVE_SPACE: statement. See the
lynx.cfg file for more information.
LYNX_TEMP_SPACE This variable, if set, will override the default
path prefix for temporary files that was defined
during installation, as well as any value that may
be assigned to the TMPDIR variable.
MAIL This variable specifies the default inbox Lynx will
check for new mail, if such checking is enabled in
the lynx.cfg file.
NEWS_ORGANIZATION This variable, if set, provides the string used in
the Organization: header of USENET news postings.
It will override the setting of the ORGANIZATION
environment variable, if it is also set (and, on
UNIX, the contents of an /etc/organization file, if
present).
NNTPSERVER If set, this variable specifies the default NNTP
server that will be used for USENET news reading
and posting with Lynx, via news: URL's.
ORGANIZATION This variable, if set, provides the string used in
the Organization: header of USENET news postings.
On UNIX, it will override the contents of an
/etc/organization file, if present.
PROTOCOL_proxy Lynx supports the use of proxy servers that can act
as firewall gateways and caching servers. They are
preferable to the older gateway servers (see
WWW_access_GATEWAY, below). Each protocol used by
Lynx, (http, ftp, gopher, etc), can be mapped
separately by setting environment variables of the
form PROTOCOL_proxy (literally: http_proxy,
ftp_proxy, gopher_proxy, etc), to
"http://some.server.dom:port/". See Lynx Users
Guide for additional details and examples.
SSL_CERT_DIR Set to the directory containing trusted
certificates.
SSL_CERT_FILE Set to the full path and filename for your file of
trusted certificates.
WWW_access_GATEWAY Lynx still supports use of gateway servers, with
the servers specified via "WWW_access_GATEWAY"
variables (where "access" is lower case and can be
"http", "ftp", "gopher" or "wais"), however most
gateway servers have been discontinued. Note that
you do not include a terminal `/' for gateways, but
do for proxies specified by PROTOCOL_proxy
environment variables. See Lynx Users Guide for
details.
WWW_HOME This variable, if set, will override the default
startup URL specified in any of the Lynx
configuration files.
Environment Variables Set or Modified By Lynx:
LYNX_PRINT_DATE This variable is set by the Lynx p(rint) function,
to the Date: string seen in the document's
"Information about" page (= cmd), if any. It is
created for use by an external program, as defined
in a lynx.cfg PRINTER: definition statement. If
the field does not exist for the document, the
variable is set to a null string under UNIX, or "No
Date" under VMS.
LYNX_PRINT_LASTMOD This variable is set by the Lynx p(rint) function,
to the Last Mod: string seen in the document's
"Information about" page (= cmd), if any. It is
created for use by an external program, as defined
in a lynx.cfg PRINTER: definition statement. If
the field does not exist for the document, the
variable is set to a null string under UNIX, or "No
LastMod" under VMS.
LYNX_PRINT_TITLE This variable is set by the Lynx p(rint) function,
to the Linkname: string seen in the document's
"Information about" page (= cmd), if any. It is
created for use by an external program, as defined
in a lynx.cfg PRINTER: definition statement. If
the field does not exist for the document, the
variable is set to a null string under UNIX, or "No
Title" under VMS.
LYNX_PRINT_URL This variable is set by the Lynx p(rint) function,
to the URL: string seen in the document's
"Information about" page (= cmd), if any. It is
created for use by an external program, as defined
in a lynx.cfg PRINTER: definition statement. If
the field does not exist for the document, the
variable is set to a null string under UNIX, or "No
URL" under VMS.
LYNX_TRACE If set, causes Lynx to write a trace file as if the
-trace option were supplied.
LYNX_TRACE_FILE If set, overrides the compiled-in name of the trace
file, which is either Lynx.trace or LY-TRACE.LOG
(the latter on the DOS platform). The trace file
is in either case relative to the home directory.
LYNX_VERSION This variable is always set by Lynx, and may be
used by an external program to determine if it was
invoked by Lynx. See also the comments in the
distribution's sample mailcap file, for notes on
usage in such a file.
TERM Normally, this variable is used by Lynx to
determine the terminal type being used to invoke
Lynx. If, however, it is unset at startup time (or
has the value "unknown"), or if the -term command-
line option is used (see OPTIONS section above),
Lynx will set or modify its value to the user
specified terminal type (for the Lynx execution
environment). Note: If set/modified by Lynx, the
values of the LINES and/or COLUMNS environment
variables may also be changed.
2 Simulated Cgi Support
If built with the cgi-links option enabled, Lynx allows access to a cgi
script directly without the need for an http daemon.
When executing such "lynxcgi scripts" (if enabled), the following
variables may be set for simulating a CGI environment:
CONTENT_LENGTH
CONTENT_TYPE
DOCUMENT_ROOT
HTTP_ACCEPT_CHARSET
HTTP_ACCEPT_LANGUAGE
HTTP_USER_AGENT
PATH_INFO
PATH_TRANSLATED
QUERY_STRING
REMOTE_ADDR
REMOTE_HOST
REQUEST_METHOD
SERVER_SOFTWARE
Other environment variables are not inherited by the script, unless
they are provided via a LYNXCGI_ENVIRONMENT statement in the
configuration file. See the lynx.cfg file, and the (draft) CGI 1.1
Specification <http://Web.Golux.Com/coar/cgi/draft-coar-cgi-v11-00.txt>
for the definition and usage of these variables.
The CGI Specification, and other associated documentation, should be
consulted for general information on CGI script programming.
2 Native Language Support
If configured and installed with Native Language Support, Lynx will
display status and other messages in your local language. See the file
ABOUT_NLS in the source distribution, or at your local GNU site, for
more information about internationalization.
The following environment variables may be used to alter default
settings:
LANG This variable, if set, will override the default
message language. It is an ISO 639 two-letter code
identifying the language. Language codes are NOT
the same as the country codes given in ISO 3166.
LANGUAGE This variable, if set, will override the default
message language. This is a GNU extension that has
higher priority for setting the message catalog
than LANG or LC_ALL.
LC_ALL and
LC_MESSAGES These variables, if set, specify the notion of
native language formatting style. They are POSIXly
correct.
LINGUAS This variable, if set prior to configuration,
limits the installed languages to specific values.
It is a space-separated list of two-letter codes.
Currently, it is hard-coded to a wish list.
NLSPATH This variable, if set, is used as the path prefix
for message catalogs.
2 Notes
This is the Lynx v2.8.6 Release; development is in progress for 2.8.7.
If you wish to contribute to the further development of Lynx, subscribe
to our mailing list. Send email to <lynx-dev-request@nongnu.org> with
"subscribe lynx-dev" as the only line in the body of your message.
Send bug reports, comments, suggestions to <lynx-dev@nongnu.org> after
subscribing.
Unsubscribe by sending email to <lynx-dev-request@nongnu.org> with
"unsubscribe lynx-dev" as the only line in the body of your message.
Do not send the unsubscribe message to the lynx-dev list, itself.
2 See Also
catgets(3), curses(3), environ(7), execve(2), ftp(1), gettext(GNU),
localeconv(3), ncurses(3), setlocale(3), slang(?), termcap(5),
terminfo(5), wget(GNU)
Note that man page availability and section numbering is somewhat platform
dependent, and may vary from the above references.
A section shown as (GNU), is intended to denote that the topic may be
available via an info page, instead of a man page (i.e., try "info subject",
rather than "man subject").
A section shown as (?) denotes that documentation on the topic exists,
but is not part of an established documentation retrieval system (see
the distribution files associated with the topic, or contact your System
Administrator for further information).
2 Acknowledgments
Lynx has incorporated code from a variety of sources along the way.
The earliest versions of Lynx included code from Earl Fogel of Comput-
ing Services at the University of Saskatchewan, who implemented HYPER-
REZ in the Unix environment. HYPERREZ was developed by Niel Larson of
Think.com and served as the model for the early versions of Lynx.
Those versions also incorporated libraries from the Unix Gopher clients
developed at the University of Minnesota, and the later versions of
Lynx rely on the WWW client library code developed by Tim Berners-Lee
and the WWW community. Also a special thanks to Foteos Macrides who
ported much of Lynx to VMS and did or organized most of its development
since the departures of Lou Montulli and Garrett Blythe from the Uni-
versity of Kansas in the summer of 1994 through the release of v2.7.2,
and to everyone on the net who has contributed to Lynx's development
either directly (through patches, comments or bug reports) or indirect-
ly (through inspiration and development of other systems).
2 Authors
Lou Montulli, Garrett Blythe, Craig Lavender, Michael Grobe, Charles
Rezac
Academic Computing Services
University of Kansas
Lawrence, Kansas 66047
Foteos Macrides
Worcester Foundation for Biomedical Research
Shrewsbury, Massachusetts 01545
Thomas E. Dickey
<dickey@invisible-island.net>
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