Note: Lazysearch is no longer under active development. Aw.
Current version: 0.3.6
What it is
Lazysearch is a quick & dirty search proxy script designed for use with Mac OS X. At this point installing it is not a drag & drop operation, so you need to be at least comfortable with the command line, editing configuration files, and using Netinfo. Assuming you're still reading, you might be interested in using Lazysearch if any of the following apply to you:
The script can be fairly easily customized to add new searches or commands.
you like the "keyword search" feature that some browsers (e.g. Mozilla) have, but use a browser that does not have it (e.g. Safari)
you frequently switch browsers and would like to have a unified search shortcut method in all of them (because it isn't tied to the browser, Lazysearch works with every browser, including Lynx)
you want to view crufty HTML versions of Unix manpages in your browser
you enjoy futzing with Apache and PHP
Lazysearch has been tested on MacOS 10.2.x, with Apache 1.3.x and Apache 2.0.x.
(The lazysearch installation instructions and some of the built-in
commands are specific to OS X, but the script should be usable on any Unix system
running Apache and PHP. If you are using Lazysearch on another flavor of
Unix, please let me know!)
That's it! Now, perform searches by entering URLs like this in any browser:
First, you need to create a server name devoted to the lazysearch script. (These instructions assume you are doing this just for your own machine.) Create a machine called "s" in Netinfo: "name" is "s" and "ip_address" is "127.0.0.1"
Place the "lazysearch.php" script in your localhost docroot (typically /Library/WebServer/Documents)
Add something like this to your httpd.conf (or any .conf file in /etc/httpd/users):
RewriteRule ^/(.*)$ /lazysearch.php?q=$1
restart apache with "sudo apachectl graceful"
s/foobar search google for "foobar"
s/m/thx1138 search IMDB.com for "thx1138"
s/loc/httpd.conf use locate(1) to find files on your local filesystem
s/man/troff display HTML manpage for 'troff'
s/help/ (help also shown on errors)
- Added Wikipedia and Froogle default web searches
- Added airport codes and package tracking
- Check to see whether request is local before executing certain special commands
- Added airport and zipcode searches
- Added "today in history" lines to calendar output
- Added version-checking
- Added whois search (via e-scribe.com/tools/whois)
- John F. Whitehead for feedback on manpage munging code
- JohnCompanies.com for recognizing our efforts