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Command line internet/network loader tool and ajax test tool. Read the contents of a URL, dump the results to the stdout. Basic USE:
curl [options] [URL...]
To see if a site is alive, just get the headers: curl --head www.yahoo.com
A live response returns status, cookies, content length, etc.
To send custom headers (anything you want!) use: curl --header "User-Agent: something-special" google.com
To return the entire page: curl www.google.com
The view the man page: curl --manual | less
To retrieve data with POST: curl -d "name=dpw" www.google.com
Related programs: wget