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lynx (1)


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


lynx [options] [path or URL]

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


LYNX(1)                     General Commands Manual                    LYNX(1)

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

       lynx [options] [path or URL]

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

       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 "curses-oriented" 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.

       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."

       If  more  than  one  local  file or remote URL is listed on the command
       line, Lynx will open only the last interactively.   All  of  the  names
       (local files and remote URLs) are added to the G)oto history.

       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

       Lynx provides many command-line options.  Some options require a  value
       (string,  number  or keyword).  These are noted in the reference below.
       The other options set boolean values in the program.  There  are  three
       types of boolean options: set, unset and toggle.  If no option value is
       given, these have the obvious meaning: set (to true), unset (to false),
       or  toggle  (between  true/false).  For any of these, an explicit value
       can  be  given  in  different  forms  to  allow  for  operating  system
       constraints, e.g.,
       Lynx  recognizes  "1",  "+",  "on" and "true" for true values, and "0",
       "-", "off" and "false"  for  false  values.   Other  option-values  are

       The  default boolean, number and string option values that are compiled
       into Lynx are displayed in the help-message  provided  by  lynx  -help.
       Some  of those may differ according to how Lynx was built; see the help
       message itself for these values.  The -help option is processed in  the
       third  pass of options-processing, so any option which sets a value, as
       well as runtime configuration values are reflected in the help-message.

       -      If the argument is only '-', then Lynx expects  to  receive  the
              arguments  from  the  standard  input.  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.

              apply   restrictions   for   anonymous   account,    see    also

              charset for documents that don't specify it.

              charset  assumed for local files, i.e., files which Lynx creates
              such as internal pages for the options menu.

              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

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

              specify a local bibp server (default http://bibhost/).

       -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

       -case  enable case-sensitive string searching.

              Toggle center alignment in HTML TABLE.

              specifies a Lynx  configuration  file  other  than  the  default

       -child exit  on  left-arrow  in startfile, and disable save to disk and
              associated print/mail options.

              exit on left-arrow in startfile, but  allow  save  to  disk  and
              associated print/mail options.

              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

            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 seconds.

              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 is specified,
              the value given by -cookie_file is used.

              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 the standard output.

              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 session.

       -dump  dumps  the  formatted  output  of  the default document or those
              specified on  the  command  line  to  standard  output.   Unlike
              interactive mode, all documents are processed.  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).

              define a file where Lynx will report HTTP access codes.

       -exec  enable local program execution (normally not configured).

              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

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

              forces the first document to be interpreted as HTML.

              toggles forcing of the secure flag for SSL cookies.

              toggles whether the Options Menu is key-based or form-based.

       -from  toggles transmissions of From headers.

       -ftp   disable ftp access.

              properly  formatted  data  for  a  get form are read in from the
              standard input 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, and exit.

              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  those  lists.  This is the default

              ignore hidden links do not appear even in listings.

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

              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

              do justification of text.

              starting count for lnk#.dat files produced by -crawl.

              for -dump, show only the list of links.

              disable URLs that point to remote hosts.

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

              specify  filename  containing  color-style   information.    The
              default is lynx.lss.  If you give an empty filename, lynx uses a
              built-in monochrome scheme which  imitates  the  non-color-style

              prints  the  MIME  header  of  a fetched document along with its

              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.

              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 URLs.

              disable the link list feature in dumps.

       -nolog disable mailing of error messages to document owners.

              disable left/right margins in the default style sheet.

              disable -more- string in statusline messages.

              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   link-    and    field-numbering.     This    overrides
              -number_fields and -number_links.

              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.

              disable the retrieval status messages.

              disable title and blank line from top of page.

              disable underline video-attribute.

              force numbering of links as well as form input fields

              force numbering of links.

              toggles display partial pages while loading.

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

              toggles passive ftp connections.

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

       -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  the
              standard input 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 inline images with no ALT string.

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

       -realm restricts access to URLs in the starting realm.

              Sets the read-timeout, where N is given in seconds.

              flushes the cache on a proxy server  (only  the  first  document

              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

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

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

              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 in.

              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 selectivity).

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

              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 selectivity).

              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 selectivity).

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

              print - disallow most print options.

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

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

              telnet_port - disallow specifying a port in telnet G)oto's.

              useragent - disallow modifications of the User-Agent header.

              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.

              resumes from specified file on startup and saves session to that
              file on exit.

              resumes session from specified file.

              saves session to specified file.

              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.

              Print the configuration settings, e.g., as read from "lynx.cfg",
              and exit.

              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 default.

              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.

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

              lynx -source . >foo.html

              generates   HTML   source  listing  the  files  in  the  current
              directory.  Each file is marked  by  an  HREF  relative  to  the
              parent  directory.   Add  a  trailing  slash  to make the HREF's
              relative to the current directory:

              lynx -source ./ >foo.html

              disable SIGINT cleanup handler

              allow non-http startfile and homepage with -validate.

              When dumping a document using -dump or  -source,  Lynx  normally
              does  not  display  alert  (error)  messages that you see on the
              screen in the status line.  Use the -stderr option to tell  Lynx
              to write these messages to the standard error.

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

              information for syslog call.

              log requested URLs with syslog.

              initialize parser, using Tag Soup DTD rather than SortaSGML.

              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

       -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,  .lynxrc,  .lynx-keymaps,  mime.types   and
              mailcap contents)
              16=binary string copy/append, used in form data construction.
              64=character sets
              128=GridText parsing

              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 information.

              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, and exit.

              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

              number of columns for formatting of dumps, default is 80.   This
              is  limited  by  the  number of columns that Lynx could display,
              typically 1024 (the MAX_LINE symbol).

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

              tells Lynx that it can ignore certain tags which have no content
              in an XHTML 1.0 document.  For example "<p/>" will be discarded.

       o  Use Up arrow and Down arrow to scroll through hypertext links.

       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  key-stroke

       o  Type  "K"  for  a  complete  list  of the current key-stroke command

       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 library.

       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 information.

       LYNX_HELPFILE       If set, this variable overrides the compiled-in URL
                           and configuration file URL for the Lynx help file.

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

       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 variable.

       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

       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 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

       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

       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.

       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 supplied.

       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 directory.

       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.

       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 environment:














       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 <http://Web.Golux.Com/coar/cgi/draft-coar-cgi-v11-00.txt>
       for the definition and usage of these variables.

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

       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 default

       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

       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.

       See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes:

       |Availability   | web/browser/lynx |
       |Stability      | Uncommitted      |
       This is the Lynx v2.8.7 Release; development is in progress for 2.8.8.

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

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       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 plat-
       form dependent, and may vary from the above references.

       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 sub-
       ject", 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  Sys-
       tem Administrator for further information).

       Lynx  has  incorporated  code  from a variety of sources along the way.
       The earliest versions of Lynx included code from Earl Fogel of  Comput-
       ing  Services at the University of Saskatchewan, who implemented HYPER-
       REZ 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 Uni-
       versity 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 indirect-
       ly (through inspiration and development of other systems).

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

       Foteos Macrides
       Worcester Foundation for Biomedical Research
       Shrewsbury, Massachusetts 01545

       Thomas E. Dickey

       This  software  was  built  from  source   available   at   https://ja-
       va.net/projects/solaris-userland.   The  original  community source was
       downloaded from  http://lynx.isc.org/lynx2.8.7/lynx2.8.7.tar.bz2

       Further information about this software can be found on the open source
       community website at http://lynx.isc.org/.