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Sunday November 08, 2009
11:34 AM


[ #39862 ]

Just a quick post to show off a small and useful script I use whenever I need to "nopaste" some text or code:

    #!/usr/bin/perl -w
    use strict;
    use WWW::Mechanize;
    use Getopt::Long;

    my %SITE = (
        snit  => '',
        scsys => '',

    my %CONF = (
        channel => '',
        nick    => '',       # use your own
        summary => '',
        paste   => '',
        site    => 'snit',
        list    => '',

    GetOptions( \%CONF, 'lang=s', 'nick=s', 'summary|desc=s', 'paste|text=s',
        'list!', 'site=s' )
        or die "Bad options";

    die "No such paste site: $CONF{site}\nValid choices: @{[keys %SITE]}\n"
        if !exists $SITE{ $CONF{site} };

    my $m = WWW::Mechanize->new;
    $m->get( $SITE{ $CONF{site} } );
    die $m->res->status_line unless $m->success;

    if ( $CONF{list} ) {
        print "Possible channels for $CONF{site}:\n",
            map {"- $_\n"} grep $_,

    unless ( $CONF{paste} ) {
        $CONF{summary} ||= $ARGV[0] || '-';
        $CONF{paste} = join "", <>;

    delete @CONF{qw( site list )};
    die $m->res->status_line unless $m->success;

    print +( $m->links )[0]->url, "\n";

Since it works has a filter, I can call it from vim or pipe to it. It also works with a file parameter, which is used to set the paste title.

Just before posting this, I looked again on CPAN, and found the follwing:

  • App::NoPaste: Seems really complete. But does much more than I need, and I like depending only on WWW::Mechanize for such tools.

  • WWW::Rafb: Well, in an earlier version my script worked with, but the site itself is down.

  • WWW::PasteBin: Such a huge collection of distributions, I wouldn't which to install first.

  • WebService::NoPaste: Found it years ago when looking for a nopaste utility, but I preferred to write my own.

Clearly, there is no lack of modules to nopaste stuff, so I'm not going to add my own to the list. :-)

I tried publishing scripts on CPAN, but I feel the toolchain is not really targetting scripts, anyway. Anyway, I have a few utility scripts like the above lying around, and I'm thinking maybe the best way to go with them nowadays is to just publish them on GitHub. Might happen someday.

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