From the Canyon Edge -- :-Dustin

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Man your Browser!

I've been spending more and more time on smaller laptops and netbooks. I recently gave the Chromium web browser a try, and I must say that as of Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, Chromium has totally won my heart! It's quite efficient, snappy, and user-friendly.

It took me a little while to learn some of the ins and outs, but I think I've replaced all of the functionality I needed from Firefox.

The most useful feature I've found are Chromium's custom "search engines". Here, I'll demonstrate how to add a custom manpages.ubuntu.com to Chromium's search engines, such that you can type something like "man kvm" in your browser's URL bar, and go straight to the HTML rendering of the kvm manpage!






Basically:
  1. Click on the wrench in the upper right corner
  2. Select Options
  3. Click Manage near the Default Search option
  4. Click Add
  5. Name: Manpages
  6. Keyword: man
  7. URL: http://manpages.ubuntu.com/%s
  8. Click Add
  9. In the browser, ctrl-L to goto the URL bar
  10. Enter man kvm
And you win!

I actually use several of these every single day...
  • man
    http://manpages.ubuntu.com/%s
  • ls
    http://linuxsearch.org/?&sa=Search&cof=FORID:9&cx=003883529982892832976:t4dsysmshjs&q=%s
  • bug
    https://launchpad.net/bugs/%s
  • pkg
    http://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/%s

:-Dustin

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