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Frequently Asked Questions

This is an attempt to capture some of the questions that appear once in a while on the mailing list or on IRC.

I rebuilt/upgraded/reconfigured ELinks and restarted it, but it looks like nothing has changed!

ELinks instances connect together so that they share the cache, bookmarks, cookies, configuration, etc. Only the "master" ELinks instance does any real work and any other ELinkses you run will only connect to this instance. So when you want to restart ELinks, make sure you have no other ELinks instances running.

Alternatively, you can use the -no-connect parameter to make ELinks always run standalone, or create a parallel group of ELinks instances with the -session-ring N parameter (where N is a number larger than zero). Be aware of that in those cases ELinks won't touch any configuration, bookmark, cookies, etc. files. You can force that with the -touch-files parameter, but beware that this can result in data loss! (For example, when two master ELinks instances try to save the bookmarks, and you add a bookmark to each of those, only one of the bookmarks survives.)

How does cutting and pasting work?

The reason why normal cut and paste does not work is that ELinks requests all mouse event info even if it is compiled without GPM. Therefore it is necessary to hold down the Shift key when cutting or pasting text. If you do not need to use the mouse for navigation you can disable mouse support by passing --disable-mouse to configure.

How does the "Move" button on the bookmark manager work?

First you need to mark all the bookmarks (or folders) you want to move. This can be done with the Insert key if you're using the default key-bindings. An asterisk will appear near all marked bookmarks. Now move to where you want to have the stuff moved to, and press the "Move" button.

What's up with the navigation in the various managers?

The managers use list boxes. To navigate (assuming you're using a default key-binding configuration) use Space to open and close the folders.

Why are there so many Links flavors?

Please refer to the history page to read about the various flavors and the differences between them.

Which one to use?

If you want a fast, stable, and feature-thin text browser, use Links-0.99. Main drawbacks include: No HTTP-auth support and no persistent cookies (i.e. they die when all instances of Links are closed).

If you want additional features, including HTTP-auth, persistent cookies, and on-the-fly compression, try ELinks. (Note: links-0.9x and ELinks versions > 0.3 do not share executable name or configuration files so you can safely run these on the same machine.)

If you want the option of graphics mode, use Links2 or Hacked Links. Be aware that some people have reported the latter as hard to configure/compile. You cannot run either of these with Links-0.9x on the same system without hacking the compile-time configuration.

What are the Ki (kibi) and Mi (mebi) units?

They are binary units defined by the International System of Units. Examples:

Unit Definition
One kibibit 1 Kibit = 2^10 bit = 1024 bit
One mebibyte 1 MiB = 2^20 B = 1 048 576 B

How can I get 256 colors?

First, you must enable it in the feature.conf file before compiling.

Second, you must run ELinks on a terminal that supports 256 colours:

Third, you must set the TERM environmental variable to xterm-256color before running ELinks.

Only 16 colors on The Linux console

Although the Linux frame-buffer supports 256 (or more) colors, the Linux console driver does not; therefore, console applications are still limited to 16 colors on the Linux console, frame-buffer or not.

What User-Agent header does ELinks send?

The older ELinks versions (up to 0.4.3) send:

ELinks ($version; $osinfo; $textmode_dimensions)

The new ELinks versions (from 0.9.0 on) send:

ELinks/$version (textmode; $osinfo; $textmode_dimensions)

You should therefore check against something like /^ELinks[\/ ]/, since more fields can be added inside the parenthesis in subsequent versions. Note that users can change their User-Agent through the options system.

ELinks doesn't erase characters from the screen when it should!

When you scroll a web page, you may see ELinks leave some characters on the screen even though it should have erased them. Pressing Ctrl+L usually removes these droppings until you scroll again. There are a few possible reasons:

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