Smart (Script-Aided) Browsing
That's it! Now Konqueror will open a Konsole and start the script with the complete URL ("wgetscript.sh http://www.fsf.org/manual/manual.html" in my example). You can browse some other page or do whatever you want, and when you're done, the pages you wanted to read will be available on your hard disk.
As shown in Figure 3, thanks to the -m (mirroring) option, wget will first download and save on disk the URL it was given, then parse it, download all the pages it points to and so on, recursively. Be very cautious with this (or any other automatic web navigation tool, for that matter), and consult the wget manual to tune it to your needs, proxy settings and bandwidth.
When mirroring, wget creates a directory with the same name as the web server (www.fsf.org in this case) and puts everything in there. The last picture, Figure 4, is a listing of that directory made while wget was still working. As you can see, all the subdirectories present on the web site are preserved, and all the relative links are corrected automatically, to allow proper navigation among the mirrored pages.
I have shown in detail how to launch shell scripts directly from Konqueror. How to do this is not one of the most documented features of Konqueror; at least, it's not the easiest one to find. I learned how to do this a couple of years ago, but I since lost my notes and spent half a day on the KDE and Konqueror site without success. I am really grateful to David Faure for giving me all the information I needed.
I am still trying to add this capability to other popular browsers, especially Mozilla and Galeon. I haven't had success so far, because (at least in the versions shipped with Red Hat 7.2) these browsers are missing the "Open with" menu option that made the trick on Konqueror. Any suggestions or pointers to relevant documentation is highly appreciated.
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