Now You Can Search Wikipedia Using Command Prompt

If you've ever had the inclination to look up information using the shell prompt, the Command-Line Fu site explains how to query Wikipedia using the built-in dig utility.

The idea is simple—you can use the dig command to look up DNS records, including text records attached to a DNS entry, and somebody created an interface that pulls back the Wikipedia summary for an article by querying the records from the command line.

To do this for yourself, use the following syntax from your shell prompt, replacing the keyword with the single word you are trying to look up. Because this uses the command-line dig tool, this should work natively on Linux, but Windows users need to have Cygwin installed.

dig +short txt <keyword>

Hit the link for the full explanation, including how to wrap it into a shell script for easy querying from the shell prompt.

Query Wikipedia via Console over DNS [commandlinefu]

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Posted By: KirubaKaran
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist

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