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Posted 2012/5/1

Google Command Line Client on Plan 9

Turns out Google command line client (see http://code.google.com/p/googlecl/) works on Plan 9 just fine. All you need is python (from fgb’s contrib, or if you want to risk potentially out-of-date code I’ve got a tarball at http://jfloren.net/contrib/packages/lang/python/root.tgz, just untar it and copy the files under root/ to the appropriate places) First, download the gdata client library version 2.0.14 (at http://gdata-python-client.googlecode.com/files/gdata-2.0.14.tar.gz). This is an older version, but it’s needed for compatibility reasons. Untar it, then run “python setup.py install”. Next, download the actual command line client ( http://googlecl.googlecode.com/files/googlecl-0.9.13.tar.gz as of today), untar it, and once again run “python setup.py install”.

You can then run /sys/lib/python/bin/google, which will give you a prompt. For kicks, you can enter something like ‘docs edit –title “testing” –editor sam’ to make and edit a quick text document. The first time, it will prompt you for an account name and then give you a link to authorize the client. I couldn’t get the authorization link to work in abaco, I had to enter it in Firefox, but there may be a way to get abaco to work.

You can also do something like ‘/sys/lib/python/bin/google calendar list’ from an rc prompt, so whipping up a guide file for Acme will be very easy.