(Edit: Blogspot is lame, if I set nowrap on an element then it will cut off the text at the preconfigured length.)
(Edit: apparently blogspot's preview of the code tag behaves differently from the actual post, so I had to insert the newlines manually.)
In my previous post I introduced a script that would create a start and end point for the six degrees of wikipedia game. In retrospect, I shouldn't have worked so hard to keep it on one line when it sacrificed so much readability. The following code is a little more DRY (Don't Repeat Yourself (Pragmatic Programmer)), and I hope at least slightly more readable.
for ((i=0;i < 2;++i))
echo "$(wget -nv http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random 2>&1 | sed "s/^.* URL:\([^ ]*\) .* \"\([^\"]*\)\".*$/<a href='\\1'>\\2<\\/a>/")
There are still a couple outstanding issues, but they're fairly minor:
- Escaped double quote in page title breaks regex.
- Underscores in link text should be replaced with spaces.