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#!/usr/bin/perl -w
use strict;
use Clipboard;
my $browser = $ENV{BROWSER} || 'sensible-browser %s';
$browser .= ' %s' unless $browser =~ /%s/;
my $query = Clipboard->paste;
$query =~ s/['"]/\\$&/;
system(sprintf $browser, $query);

=head1 NAME

clipbrowse - Load a URL from the clipboard into your browser.

=head1 USAGE

# ...copy something
# (You might want to do a `clipjoin` if the URL text is messy)
$ clipbrowse

Remember that many browsers will usefully load things that don't look like
URL's. For example Firefox does a Google "I'm feeling lucky" with non-URLs.
This means you can have any text in your clipboard and `clipbrowse`.

=head1 MOTIVATION

It saves a couple of seconds every time you run it.  Chrome and Firefox, for
examples, automatically create a new tab and loads the page when you invoke it
from the command line.  Already we've saved a Ctrl+T and a Shift+Insert.  When
you consider the parallelizing (that your browser will be actively loading the
page while you're Alt+Tabbing to it), you've squeaked out a little more.

Maybe I'm just a freak, but I like shaving out wasted time like that.

=head1 CONFIGURATION

The environment variable C<$BROWSER> will override the default launching
command.  If you have a %s in the line, it will be replaced with the url.  if
not, the url will be appended at the end.

The default is `chromium-browser "%s"` (Debian's Google Chrome)
If you still use Firefox, consider: `firefox -remote "openURL(%s,new-tab)"'`.

=head1 AUTHOR

Ryan King <rking@panoptic.com> 
=head1 COPYRIGHT

Copyright (c) 2010.  Ryan King.  All rights reserved.

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it
under the same terms as Perl itself.

See L<http://www.perl.com/perl/misc/Artistic.html>