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NAME    [Toc]    [Back]

       lynx  -  a general purpose distributed information browser
       for the World Wide Web

SYNOPSIS    [Toc]    [Back]

       lynx [options] [path or URL]

       use "lynx -help" to display a  complete  list  of  current

DESCRIPTION    [Toc]    [Back]

       Lynx  is  a fully-featured World Wide Web (WWW) client for
       users running cursor-addressable,  character-cell  display
       devices (e.g., vt100 terminals, vt100 emulators running on
       Windows  95/NT  or  Macintoshes,  or  any  other  "cursesoriented"
  display).   It  will  display  hypertext markup
       language  (HTML)  documents  containing  links  to   files
       residing on the local system, as well as files residing on
       remote systems running Gopher, HTTP, FTP, WAIS,  and  NNTP
       servers.   Current  versions  of  Lynx  run  on Unix, VMS,
       Windows 95/NT, 386DOS and OS/2 EMX.

       Lynx can be used to access information on the  World  Wide
       Web,  or  to  build information systems intended primarily
       for local access.  For example,  Lynx  has  been  used  to
       build  several Campus Wide Information Systems (CWIS).  In
       addition, Lynx can  be  used  to  build  systems  isolated
       within a single LAN.

OPTIONS    [Toc]    [Back]

       At  start  up, Lynx will load any local file or remote URL
       specified at the command line.  For help with URLs,  press
       "?"   or  "H"  while  running  Lynx.  Then follow the link
       titled, "Help on URLs."

       Lynx uses only long option names. Option names  can  begin
       with  double  dash  as well, underscores and dashes can be
       intermixed in option names (in the reference below options
       are with one dash before them and with underscores).

       -      If  the  argument is only '-', then Lynx expects to
              receive the arguments from stdin.  This is to allow
              for the potentially very long command line that can
              be associated  with  the  -get_data  or  -post_data
              arguments  (see  below).   It  can  also be used to
              avoid having sensitive information in the  invoking
              command  line  (which  would  be  visible  to other
              processes on most  systems),  especially  when  the
              -auth or -pauth options are used.

              accept all cookies.

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              apply  restrictions for anonymous account, see also

              charset for documents that don't specify it.

              charset assumed for local files.

              use this instead of unrecognized charsets.

              set authorization ID  and  password  for  protected
              documents  at  startup.   Be  sure  to  protect any
              script files which use this switch.

       -base  prepend a request  URL  comment  and  BASE  tag  to
              text/html outputs for -source dumps.

              specify    a    local    bibp    server    (default

       -blink forces high intensity background colors  for  color
              mode,  if  available and supported by the terminal.
              This applies  to  the  slang  library  (for  a  few
              terminal emulators), or to OS/2 EMX with ncurses.

       -book  use  the  bookmark  page  as  the  startfile.   The
              default or command line startfile is still set  for
              the  Main  screen  command, and will be used if the
              bookmark page is unavailable or blank.

              toggles  scanning  of  news  articles  for   buried
              references,  and  converts them to news links.  Not
              recommended because  email  addresses  enclosed  in
              angle  brackets  will  be  converted  to false news
              links, and uuencoded messages can be trashed.

              set the NUMBER of documents cached in memory.   The
              default is 10.

       -case  enable case-sensitive string searching.

              Toggle center alignment in HTML TABLE.

              specifies  a Lynx configuration file other than the
              default lynx.cfg.

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       -child exit on left-arrow in startfile, and  disable  save
              to disk.

              write keystroke commands and related information to
              the specified file.

              read keystroke commands from  the  specified  file.
              You  can  use  the  data written using the -cmd_log
              option.  Lynx will ignore other  information  which
              the   command-logging   may  have  written  to  the
              logfile.  Each line of the command script  contains
              either a comment beginning with "#", or a keyword:

            exit causes  the  script  to stop, and forces lynx to
                 exit immediately.

            key  the character value, in printable form.   Cursor
                 and other special keys are given as names, e.g.,
                 "Down Arrow".  Printable 7-bit ASCII  codes  are
                 given  as-is,  and  hexadecimal values represent
                 other 8-bit codes.

            set  followed  by  a  "name=value"  allows   one   to
                 override values set in the lynx.cfg file.

       -color forces  color mode on, if available.  Default color
              control sequences  which  work  for  many  terminal
              types   are  assumed  if  the  terminal  capability
              description does not specify how to  handle  color.
              Lynx  needs  to  be compiled with the slang library
              for this flag, it  is  equivalent  to  setting  the
              COLORTERM  environment variable.  (If color support
              is  instead  provided  by  a  color-capable  curses
              library like ncurses, Lynx relies completely on the
              terminal description  to  determine  whether  color
              mode  is  possible, and this flag is not needed and
              thus  unavailable.)   A   saved   show_color=always
              setting  found in a .lynxrc file at startup has the
              same effect.  A  saved  show_color=never  found  in
              .lynxrc on startup is overridden by this flag.

              Sets  the  connection  timeout, where N is given in

              specifies a file to use to read cookies.   If  none
              is  specified, the default value is ~/.lynx_cookies
              for most systems, but ~/cookies for MS-DOS.

              specifies a file to use to store cookies.  If  none

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              is  specified,  the  value given by -cookie_file is

              toggles handling of Set-Cookie headers.

       -core  toggles forced core dumps on  fatal  errors.   Turn
              this option off to ask lynx to force a core dump if
              a fatal error occurs.

       -crawl with -traversal, output each page to a file.   with
              -dump,  format  output  as  with -traversal, but to

              toggles the  use  of  curses  "pad"  feature  which
              supports left/right scrolling of the display.

              separate    incremental    display    stages   with
              MessageSecs delay

       -delay add DebugSecs delay after each progress-message

              set the display variable for X rexec-ed programs.

              set the charset for the terminal output.

              inhibit wrapping of text in  <pre>  when  -dump'ing
              and  -crawl'ing,  mark wrapped lines in interactive

       -dump  dumps the formatted output of the default  document
              or  one  specified  on the command line to standard
              output.  This can be used in the following way:

              lynx -dump http://www.subir.com/lynx.html

              enable  external  editing,  using   the   specified
              EDITOR. (vi, ed, emacs, etc.)

              enable emacs-like key movement.

              toggles  compatibility with communication programs'
              scrollback keys  (may  be  incompatible  with  some
              curses packages).

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              define  a  file  where Lynx will report HTTP access

       -exec  enable  local  program  execution   (normally   not

              include   all   versions  of  files  in  local  VMS
              directory listings.

              toggle memory leak-checking.  Normally this is  not
              compiled-into  your  executable, but when it is, it
              can be disabled for a session.

              force HREF-less 'A' elements  to  be  empty  (close
              them as soon as they are seen).

              forces  the  first  document  to  be interpreted as

              toggles forcing of the secure flag for SSL cookies.

              toggles  whether  the  Options Menu is key-based or

       -from  toggles transmissions of From headers.

       -ftp   disable ftp access.

              properly formatted data for a get form are read  in
              from  stdin  and  passed  to  the  form.   Input is
              terminated by a line that starts with '---'.

       -head  send a HEAD request for the mime headers.

       -help  print the Lynx command syntax usage message.

              control the display of hidden links.

              merge hidden links show up as bracketed numbers and
              are  numbered  together  with  other  links  in the
              sequence of their occurrence in the document.

              listonly hidden  links  are  shown  only  on  L)ist
              screens and listings generated by -dump or from the
              P)rint menu, but appear separately at  the  end  of

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              those lists.  This is the default behavior.

              ignore hidden links do not appear even in listings.

              toggles use of '>' or '-->'  as  a  terminator  for

              set homepage separate from start page.

              toggles inclusion of links for all images.

              set the default index file to the specified URL.

       -ismap toggles  inclusion  of ISMAP links when client-side
              MAPs are present.

              do justification of text.

              starting  count  for  lnk#.dat  files  produced  by

              disable URLs that point to remote hosts.

              enable  local  program  execution  from local files
              only (if Lynx was  compiled  with  local  execution

              specify     filename     containing     color-style
              information.  The default is lynx.lss.

              prints the MIME header of a fetched document  along
              with its source.

              toggles minimal versus valid comment parsing.

              toggles nested-tables logic (for debugging).

              number of articles in chunked news listings.

              maximum  news articles in listings before chunking.

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              disable bold video-attribute.

              disable directory browsing.

       -nocc  disable Cc: prompts for self  copies  of  mailings.
              Note  that  this does not disable any CCs which are
              incorporated within a mailto URL or form ACTION.

              force   color   mode   off,   overriding   terminal
              capabilities   and   any  -color  flags,  COLORTERM
              variable, and saved .lynxrc settings.

              disable local program execution. (DEFAULT)

              disable transmissions of Referer headers  for  file

              disable the link list feature in dumps.

       -nolog disable  mailing  of  error  messages  to  document

              This flag is not available  on  all  systems,  Lynx
              needs  to  be compiled with HAVE_SIGACTION defined.
              If available, this flag may  cause  Lynx  to  react
              more  immediately to window changes when run within
              an xterm.

              disable forced pauses for statusline messages.

              disable most print functions.

              prevents automatic redirection and prints a message
              with a link to the new URL.

              disable transmissions of Referer headers.

              disable reverse video-attribute.

              disable SOCKS proxy usage by a SOCKSified Lynx.

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              disable the retrieval status messages.

              disable underline video-attribute.

              force  numbering  of  links  as  well as form input

              force numbering of links.

              toggles display partial pages while loading.

              number of lines to render before repainting display
              with partial-display logic

              set  authorization  ID and password for a protected
              proxy server at startup.  Be sure  to  protect  any
              script files which use this switch.

       -popup toggles  handling  of  single-choice SELECT options
              via popup windows or as lists of radio buttons.

              properly formatted data for a post form are read in
              from  stdin  and  passed  to  the  form.   Input is
              terminated by a line that starts with '---'.

              show HTML source  preparsed  and  reformatted  when
              used with -source or in source view.

              show  HTML  source  view  with lexical elements and
              tags in color.

       -print enable print functions. (default)

              toggles pseudo-ALTs for inlines with no ALT string.

       -raw   toggles   default   setting   of   8-bit  character
              translations or CJK mode for the startup  character

       -realm restricts access to URLs in the starting realm.

              flushes the cache on a proxy server (only the first

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              document affected).

              allows  a  list  of   services   to   be   disabled
              selectively. Dashes and underscores in option names
              can be intermixed. The following list is printed if
              no options are specified.

              all - restricts all options listed below.

              bookmark  -  disallow  changing the location of the
              bookmark file.

              bookmark_exec - disallow execution  links  via  the
              bookmark file.

              change_exec_perms  -  disallow changing the eXecute
              permission  on  files  (but  still  allow  it   for
              directories) when local file management is enabled.

              default - same as command line  option  -anonymous.
              Disables default services for anonymous users.  Set
              to  all  restricted,  except  for:   inside_telnet,
              outside_telnet,       inside_ftp,      outside_ftp,
              inside_rlogin,     outside_rlogin,     inside_news,
              outside_news, telnet_port, jump, mail, print, exec,
              and goto.  The  settings  for  these,  as  well  as
              additional   goto  restrictions  for  specific  URL
              schemes that are also  applied,  are  derived  from
              definitions within userdefs.h.

              dired_support - disallow local file management.

              disk_save - disallow saving to disk in the download
              and print menus.

              dotfiles - disallow  access  to,  or  creation  of,
              hidden (dot) files.

              download   -   disallow  some  downloaders  in  the
              download   menu   (does   not    imply    disk_save

              editor - disallow external editing.

              exec - disable execution scripts.

              exec_frozen  -  disallow the user from changing the
              local execution option.

              externals - disallow some "EXTERNAL"  configuration
              lines  if  support  for  passing  URLs  to external
              applications (with the EXTERN command) is  compiled

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              file_url  -  disallow  using G)oto, served links or
              bookmarks for file: URLs.

              goto - disable the 'g' (goto) command.

              inside_ftp - disallow ftps for people  coming  from
              inside your domain (utmp required for selectivity).

              inside_news -  disallow  USENET  news  posting  for
              people   coming   from  inside  your  domain  (utmp
              required for selectivity).

              inside_rlogin - disallow rlogins for people  coming
              from   inside   your   domain  (utmp  required  for

              inside_telnet - disallow telnets for people  coming
              from   inside   your   domain  (utmp  required  for

              jump - disable the 'j' (jump) command.

              multibook - disallow multiple bookmarks.

              mail - disallow mail.

              news_post - disallow USENET News posting.

              options_save - disallow saving options in  .lynxrc.

              outside_ftp  - disallow ftps for people coming from
              outside   your   domain    (utmp    required    for

              outside_news  -  disallow  USENET  news reading and
              posting for people coming from outside your  domain
              (utmp  required for selectivity).  This restriction
              applies  to   "news",   "nntp",   "newspost",   and
              "newsreply"  URLs, but not to "snews", "snewspost",
              or "snewsreply" in case they are supported.

              outside_rlogin - disallow rlogins for people coming
              from   outside   your  domain  (utmp  required  for

              outside_telnet - disallow telnets for people coming
              from   outside   your  domain  (utmp  required  for

              print - disallow most print options.

              shell - disallow  shell  escapes  and  lynxexec  or
              lynxprog G)oto's.

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              suspend  -  disallow  Unix  Control-Z suspends with
              escape to shell.

              telnet_port - disallow specifying a port in  telnet

              useragent  -  disallow  modifications  of the UserAgent

              toggles forced resubmissions  (no-cache)  of  forms
              with  method  POST when the documents they returned
              are sought with the PREV_DOC command  or  from  the
              History List.

              disable recognition of rlogin commands.

              toggles showing scrollbar.

              toggles showing arrows at ends of the scrollbar.

              require .www_browsable files to browse directories.

              show very long URLs in the status line  with  "..."
              to represent the portion which cannot be displayed.
              The beginning and end of  the  URL  are  displayed,
              rather than suppressing the end.

              If  enabled  the  cursor  will not be hidden in the
              right hand corner but will instead be positioned at
              the  start  of  the  currently selected link.  Show
              cursor  is  the   default   for   systems   without
              FANCY_CURSES     capabilities.      The     default
              configuration  can  be  changed  in  userdefs.h  or
              lynx.cfg.   The  command  line  switch  toggles the

              If  enabled  the  transfer   rate   is   shown   in
              bytes/second.   If  disabled,  no  transfer rate is
              shown.  Use lynx.cfg or the options menu to  select
              KB/second and/or ETA.

              toggles  emulation  of  the old Netscape and Mosaic
              bug  which  treated  '>'  as  a  co-terminator  for
              double-quotes and tags.

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              works  the  same  as  dump  but outputs HTML source
              instead of formatted text.

              disable SIGINT cleanup handler

              allow  non-http   startfile   and   homepage   with

       -stdin read the startfile from standard input (UNIX only).

              information for syslog call.

              initialize parser, using Tag Soup DTD  rather  than

              disable recognition of telnet commands.

              tell  Lynx  what  terminal  type  to  assume  it is
              talking  to.   (This  may  be  useful  for   remote
              execution,  when,  for  example, Lynx connects to a
              remote TCP/IP port that starts a  script  that,  in
              turn, starts another Lynx process.)

              For  win32,  sets the network read-timeout, where N
              is given in seconds.

       -tlog  toggles between using a Lynx Trace Log  and  stderr
              for trace output from the session.

       -tna   turns on "Textfields Need Activation" mode.

       -trace turns  on  Lynx  trace  mode.  Destination of trace
              output depends on -tlog.

              turn on optional traces, which may result  in  very
              large  trace  files.   Logically  OR  the values to
              combine options:
              1=SGML character parsing states
              4=TRST (table layout)
              8=config (lynx.cfg and .lynxrc contents)
              16=binary string copy/append,  used  in  form  data

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              traverse  all  http  links  derived from startfile.
              When used with -crawl, each link that  begins  with
              the  same  string as startfile is output to a file,
              intended for indexing.  See CRAWL.announce for more

              trim input text/textarea fields in forms.

              toggles  use of underline/bold attribute for links.

              toggles use of _underline_ format in dumps.

              turn on mouse support, if available.  Clicking  the
              left mouse button on a link traverses it.  Clicking
              the right mouse button pops back.  Click on the top
              line  to  scroll  up.   Click on the bottom line to
              scroll down.  The first few positions  in  the  top
              and  bottom  line  may invoke additional functions.
              Lynx must be compiled  with  ncurses  or  slang  to
              support this feature.  If ncurses is used, clicking
              the middle mouse button  pops  up  a  simple  menu.
              Mouse  clicks  may only work reliably while Lynx is
              idle waiting for input.

              set alternate Lynx User-Agent header.

              accept only http URLs (for  validation).   Complete
              security restrictions also are implemented.

              toggle  [LINK],  [IMAGE] and [INLINE] comments with
              filenames of these images.

              print version information.

              enable vi-like key movement.

              enable Waterloo tcp/ip packet debug (print to  watt
              debugfile).   This  applies  only  to  DOS versions
              compiled with WATTCP or WATT-32.

              number of columns for formatting of dumps,  default
              is 80.

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              emit   backspaces   in   output   if  -dump'ing  or
              -crawl'ing (like 'man' does)

COMMANDS    [Toc]    [Back]

       o Use Up arrow and Down arrow to scroll through  hypertext
       o   Right  arrow  or  Return  will  follow  a  highlighted
       hypertext link.
       o Left Arrow will retreat from a link.
       o Type "H" or "?" for online help and descriptions of keystroke
       o  Type  "K" for a complete list of the current key-stroke
       command mappings.

ENVIRONMENT    [Toc]    [Back]

       In addition to various  "standard"  environment  variables
       such  as  HOME,  PATH,  USER,  DISPLAY,  TMPDIR, etc, Lynx
       utilizes several Lynx-specific environment  variables,  if
       they exist.

       Others  may be created or modified by Lynx to pass data to
       an external program, or  for  other  reasons.   These  are
       listed separately below.

       See  also the sections on SIMULATED CGI SUPPORT and NATIVE
       LANGUAGE SUPPORT, below.

       Note:  Not all environment variables apply to all types of
       platforms  supported by Lynx, though most do.  Feedback on
       platform dependencies is solicited.

       Environment Variables Used By Lynx:

       COLORTERM           If  set,  color  capability  for   the
                           terminal is forced on at startup time.
                           The  actual  value  assigned  to   the
                           variable is ignored.  This variable is
                           only  meaningful  if  Lynx  was  built
                           using    the   slang   screen-handling

       LYNX_CFG            This variable, if set,  will  override
                           the  default  location and name of the
                           global configuration  file  (normally,
                           lynx.cfg)  that  was  defined  by  the
                           LYNX_CFG_FILE    constant    in    the
                           userdefs.h  file, during installation.
                           See  the  userdefs.h  file  for   more

       LYNX_LOCALEDIR      If  set,  this  variable overrides the
                           compiled-in  location  of  the  locale
                           directory    which   contains   native

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                           language (NLS) message text.

       LYNX_LSS            This variable, if set,  specifies  the
                           location of the default Lynx character
                           style  sheet  file.   [Currently  only
                           meaningful  if  Lynx  was  built using
                           experimental color style support.]

       LYNX_SAVE_SPACE     This variable, if set,  will  override
                           the  default  path  prefix  for  files
                           saved to disk that is defined  in  the
                           lynx.cfg  SAVE_SPACE:  statement.  See
                           the    lynx.cfg    file    for    more

       LYNX_TEMP_SPACE     This  variable,  if set, will override
                           the default path prefix for  temporary
                           files    that   was   defined   during
                           installation, as  well  as  any  value
                           that  may  be  assigned  to the TMPDIR

       MAIL                This variable  specifies  the  default
                           inbox Lynx will check for new mail, if
                           such  checking  is  enabled   in   the
                           lynx.cfg file.

       NEWS_ORGANIZATION   This  variable,  if  set, provides the
                           string  used  in   the   Organization:
                           header  of  USENET  news postings.  It
                           will  override  the  setting  of   the
                           ORGANIZATION  environment variable, if
                           it is also  set  (and,  on  UNIX,  the
                           contents of an /etc/organization file,
                           if present).

       NNTPSERVER          If set, this  variable  specifies  the
                           default  NNTP server that will be used
                           for USENET news  reading  and  posting
                           with Lynx, via news: URL's.

       ORGANIZATION        This  variable,  if  set, provides the
                           string  used  in   the   Organization:
                           header  of  USENET  news postings.  On
                           UNIX, it will override the contents of
                           an /etc/organization file, if present.

       PROTOCOL_proxy      Lynx supports the use of proxy servers
                           that  can act as firewall gateways and
                           caching servers.  They are  preferable
                           to  the  older  gateway  servers  (see
                           WWW_access_GATEWAY,   below).     Each
                           protocol  used  by  Lynx,  (http, ftp,
                           gopher, etc), can be mapped separately

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                           by  setting  environment  variables of
                           the  form  PROTOCOL_proxy  (literally:
                           http_proxy,  ftp_proxy,  gopher_proxy,
                           etc),                               to
                           "http://some.server.dom:port/".    See
                           Lynx  Users   Guide   for   additional
                           details and examples.

       SSL_CERT_DIR        Set   to   the   directory  containing
                           trusted certificates.

       SSL_CERT_FILE       Set to the full path and filename  for
                           your file of trusted certificates.

       WWW_access_GATEWAY  Lynx  still  supports  use  of gateway
                           servers, with  the  servers  specified
                           via   "WWW_access_GATEWAY"   variables
                           (where "access" is lower case and  can
                           be "http", "ftp", "gopher" or "wais"),
                           however most gateway servers have been
                           discontinued.   Note  that  you do not
                           include a terminal '/'  for  gateways,
                           but   do   for  proxies  specified  by
                           PROTOCOL_proxy environment  variables.
                           See Lynx Users Guide for details.

       WWW_HOME            This  variable,  if set, will override
                           the default startup URL  specified  in
                           any of the Lynx configuration files.

       Environment Variables Set or Modified By Lynx:

       LYNX_PRINT_DATE     This  variable  is  set  by  the  Lynx
                           p(rint) function, to the Date:  string
                           seen  in  the  document's "Information
                           about" page (= cmd), if  any.   It  is
                           created   for   use   by  an  external
                           program,  as  defined  in  a  lynx.cfg
                           PRINTER: definition statement.  If the
                           field does not exist for the document,
                           the  variable  is set to a null string
                           under UNIX, or "No Date" under VMS.

       LYNX_PRINT_LASTMOD  This  variable  is  set  by  the  Lynx
                           p(rint)  function,  to  the  Last Mod:
                           string   seen   in   the    document's
                           "Information  about"  page (= cmd), if
                           any.  It is  created  for  use  by  an
                           external  program,  as  defined  in  a
                           lynx.cfg      PRINTER:      definition
                           statement.   If  the  field  does  not
                           exist for the document,  the  variable
                           is set to a null string under UNIX, or
                           "No LastMod" under VMS.

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       LYNX_PRINT_TITLE    This  variable  is  set  by  the  Lynx
                           p(rint)  function,  to  the  Linkname:
                           string   seen   in   the    document's
                           "Information  about"  page (= cmd), if
                           any.  It is  created  for  use  by  an
                           external  program,  as  defined  in  a
                           lynx.cfg      PRINTER:      definition
                           statement.   If  the  field  does  not
                           exist for the document,  the  variable
                           is set to a null string under UNIX, or
                           "No Title" under VMS.

       LYNX_PRINT_URL      This  variable  is  set  by  the  Lynx
                           p(rint)  function,  to the URL: string
                           seen in  the  document's  "Information
                           about"  page  (=  cmd), if any.  It is
                           created  for  use   by   an   external
                           program,  as  defined  in  a  lynx.cfg
                           PRINTER: definition statement.  If the
                           field does not exist for the document,
                           the variable is set to a  null  string
                           under UNIX, or "No URL" under VMS.

       LYNX_TRACE          If  set,  causes Lynx to write a trace
                           file as  if  the  -trace  option  were

       LYNX_TRACE_FILE     If set, overrides the compiled-in name
                           of the trace  file,  which  is  either
                           Lynx.trace or LY-TRACE.LOG (the latter
                           on the DOS platform).  The trace  file
                           is in either case relative to the home

       LYNX_VERSION        This variable is always set  by  Lynx,
                           and may be used by an external program
                           to determine  if  it  was  invoked  by
                           Lynx.   See  also  the comments in the
                           distribution's  sample  mailcap  file,
                           for notes on usage in such a file.

       TERM                Normally,  this  variable  is  used by
                           Lynx to determine  the  terminal  type
                           being   used   to  invoke  Lynx.   If,
                           however, it is unset at  startup  time
                           (or  has  the  value "unknown"), or if
                           the -term command-line option is  used
                           (see OPTIONS section above), Lynx will
                           set or modify its value  to  the  user
                           specified  terminal type (for the Lynx
                           execution  environment).    Note:   If
                           set/modified  by  Lynx,  the values of
                           the LINES and/or  COLUMNS  environment
                           variables may also be changed.

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       If  built  with  the cgi-links option enabled, Lynx allows
       access to a cgi script directly without the  need  for  an
       http daemon.

       When  executing  such  "lynxcgi scripts" (if enabled), the
       following variables  may  be  set  for  simulating  a  CGI

       CONTENT_LENGTH    [Toc]    [Back]

       CONTENT_TYPE    [Toc]    [Back]

       DOCUMENT_ROOT    [Toc]    [Back]

       HTTP_ACCEPT_CHARSET    [Toc]    [Back]

       HTTP_ACCEPT_LANGUAGE    [Toc]    [Back]

       HTTP_USER_AGENT    [Toc]    [Back]

       PATH_INFO    [Toc]    [Back]

       PATH_TRANSLATED    [Toc]    [Back]

       QUERY_STRING    [Toc]    [Back]

       REMOTE_ADDR    [Toc]    [Back]

       REMOTE_HOST    [Toc]    [Back]

       REQUEST_METHOD    [Toc]    [Back]

       SERVER_SOFTWARE    [Toc]    [Back]

       Other  environment  variables  are  not  inherited  by the
       script, unless they are provided via a LYNXCGI_ENVIRONMENT
       statement  in  the  configuration  file.  See the lynx.cfg
       file,   and   the   (draft)    CGI    1.1    Specification
       for the definition and usage of these variables.

       The CGI Specification, and other associated documentation,
       should  be consulted for general information on CGI script


       If configured and installed with Native Language  Support,
       Lynx  will display status and other messages in your local
       language.   See  the  file   ABOUT_NLS   in   the   source
       distribution,   or  at  your  local  GNU  site,  for  more
       information about internationalization.

       The following environment variables may be used  to  alter

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       default settings:

       LANG                This  variable,  if set, will override
                           the default message language.   It  is
                           an ISO 639 two-letter code identifying
                           the language.  Language codes are  NOT
                           the same as the country codes given in
                           ISO 3166.

       LANGUAGE            This variable, if set,  will  override
                           the default message language.  This is
                           a  GNU  extension  that   has   higher
                           priority   for   setting  the  message
                           catalog than LANG or LC_ALL.

       LC_ALL              and

       LC_MESSAGES         These variables, if set,  specify  the
                           notion  of  native language formatting
                           style.  They are POSIXly correct.

       LINGUAS             This  variable,  if   set   prior   to
                           configuration,  limits  the  installed
                           languages to specific values.  It is a
                           space-separated   list  of  two-letter
                           codes.  Currently, it is hard-coded to
                           a wish list.

       NLSPATH             This  variable, if set, is used as the
                           path prefix for message catalogs.

NOTES    [Toc]    [Back]

       This is the Lynx v2.8.4 Release

       If you wish to contribute to the  further  development  of
       Lynx,  subscribe  to  our  mailing  list.   Send  email to
       <majordomo@sig.net> with "subscribe lynx-dev" as the  only
       line in the body of your message.

       Send   bug   reports,   comments,  suggestions  to  <lynxdev@sig.net> after subscribing.

       Unsubscribe by sending email to  <majordomo@sig.net>  with
       "unsubscribe  lynx-dev"  as  the  only line in the body of
       your message.  Do not send the unsubscribe message to  the
       lynx-dev list, itself.

SEE ALSO    [Toc]    [Back]

       catgets(3),   curses(3),  environ(7),  execve(2),  ftp(1),
       gettext(GNU),  localeconv(3),  ncurses(3),   setlocale(3),
       slang(?), termcap(5), terminfo(5), wget(GNU)

       Note  that  man page availability and section numbering is
       somewhat platform dependent, and may vary from  the  above

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       A  section  shown as (GNU), is intended to denote that the
       topic may be available via an info page, instead of a  man
       page  (i.e.,  try  "info  subject",  rather than "man subject").

       A section shown as (?) denotes that documentation  on  the
       topic exists, but is not part of an established documentation
 retrieval system (see the distribution files  associated
  with the topic, or contact your System Administrator
       for further information).

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS    [Toc]    [Back]

       Lynx has incorporated code from a variety of sources along
       the way.  The earliest versions of Lynx included code from
       Earl Fogel of Computing  Services  at  the  University  of
       Saskatchewan,  who  implemented HYPERREZ in the Unix environment.
   HYPERREZ  was  developed  by  Niel  Larson   of
       Think.com  and  served as the model for the early versions
       of Lynx.  Those versions also incorporated libraries  from
       the  Unix  Gopher  clients  developed at the University of
       Minnesota, and the later versions of Lynx rely on the  WWW
       client  library  code developed by Tim Berners-Lee and the
       WWW community.  Also a special thanks to  Foteos  Macrides
       who  ported  much of Lynx to VMS and did or organized most
       of its development since the departures  of  Lou  Montulli
       and  Garrett  Blythe  from the University of Kansas in the
       summer of 1994 through the release of v2.7.2, and  to  everyone
  on  the net who has contributed to Lynx's development
 either directly (through patches, comments or bug reports)
  or indirectly (through inspiration and development
       of other systems).

AUTHORS    [Toc]    [Back]

       Lou Montulli,  Garrett  Blythe,  Craig  Lavender,  Michael
       Grobe, Charles Rezac
       Academic Computing Services
       University of Kansas
       Lawrence, Kansas 66047

       Foteos Macrides
       Worcester Foundation for Biomedical Research
       Shrewsbury, Massachusetts 01545

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