A module for easily running Internet searches on web sites through XMonad.
Modeled after the handy Surfraw CLI search tools
Additional sites welcomed.
This module is intended to allow easy access to databases on the Internet
through XMonad's interface. The idea is that one wants to run a search but the
query string and the browser to use must come from somewhere. There are two
places the query string can come from - the user can type it into a prompt
which pops up, or the query could be available already in the X Windows
copy/paste buffer (perhaps you just highlighted the string of interest).
Thus, there are two main functions: promptSearch, and selectSearch
(implemented using the more primitive search). To each of these is passed an
engine function; this is a function that knows how to search a particular
For example, the google function knows how to search Google, and so on. You pass
promptSearch and selectSearch the engine you want, the browser you want, and
anything special they might need; this whole line is then bound to a key of
you choosing in your xmonad.hs. For specific examples, see each function.
This module is easily extended to new sites by using simpleEngine.
Given a base URL, create the SearchEngine that escapes the query and
appends it to the base. You can easily define a new engine locally using simpleEngine
without needing to modify Search.hs:
newEngine = simpleEngine "http://site.com/search="
The important thing is that the site has a interface which accepts the query
string as part of the URL. Alas, the exact URL to feed simpleEngine varies
from site to site, often considerably. Generally, examining the resultant URL
of a search will allow you to reverse-engineer it if you can't find the
necessary URL already described in other projects such as Surfraw.
Like search, but in this case, the string is not specified but grabbed
from the user's response to a prompt. Example:
, ((modm, xK_g ), promptSearch greenXPConfig "firefox" google)
|selectSearch :: MonadIO m => Browser -> SearchEngine -> m ()||Source|
Like search, but for use with the X selection; it grabs the selection,
passes it to a given searchEngine and opens it in the given browser. Example:
, ((modm .|. shiftMask, xK_g ), selectSearch "firefox" google)
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