A utility to paste to pastebin from the command line.
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Use pastebin from the commandline. See the blog post for information on how this script came to be and to leave any comments or questions.


Usage: pastebin.py [-h] [-v] [-cp] [-f FILE] [--paste-name PASTE_NAME]
                       [--paste-expire-date PASTE_EXPIRE_DATE]
                       [--paste-format PASTE_FORMAT]
                       [--username USERNAME]
                       [--password PASSWORD]

  --version             show program's version number and exit
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  -c, --copy-text       copy the text that is posted to pastebin.com before
                        copying the pastebin.com URL
  -f FILE, --file=FILE  read from FILE instead of stdin
  -p, --print-response  print the response from the pastebin API instead of
                        copying it to the clipboard

  Pastebin API Options:
    These options are passed to the pastebin API request.

                        the name to give to the pasted text
    --paste-private     whether to make the paste private
                        when to expire the paste; valid values are N, 10M, 1H,
                        1D, and 1M
                        the format used for syntax highlighting; see
                        http://pastebin.com/api.php for valid values
                        your pastebin.com username
                        your pastebin.com password

I find it useful to put the script where it is readily available, like so:

$ ln -s ~/path/to/script/pastebin.py /usr/local/bin/pastebin

Obviously, replace path/to/script (and/or /usr/local/bin/) with the appropriate paths. If you use the username and password options, a cache file called .pastebin_user_key_cache will be created in the same directory that the script is running in.

Use -c to copy the contents of what is being posted first. This is useful if you are using a clipboard manager that can handle multiple items, such as Jumpcut.

OS X Service

Under automator/, there is an OS X Automator workflow. This can aid in using the pastebin script from the OS X Services menu. Put this workflow into ~/Library/Services (create that directory if it does not already exist.) Then open the Keyboard Shortcut preferences and make sure "Paste to pastebin.com" is checked under the Services item. See the WORKFLOW.md help file under automator/ for more instructions.