Below is a script which makes a search plugin for arbitrary site.

It can create plugin not only for search engines but for any dynamic site which accepts CGI parameters.

To create search plugin:

  1. Make a search of bareword searchTerms, then copy a url appeared in address bar of a browser
  2. Run the script with that url as parameter
  3. Redirect script output to .xml file in searchplugins directory of your firefox profile

As an example let's create search plugin for LiveJournal

  1. Search 'searchTerms' using the search form
  2. Got url
  3. run the script with url as parameter
    perl Livejournal ' +searchTerms&ie=utf-8' > ~/.mozilla/firefox/ze02d000.default/searchplu +gins/lj.xml
  4. restart FireFox and enjoy with blue pen of LiveJournal in search plugins
#!/usr/bin/perl -- use strict; use LWP::Simple; use MIME::Base64 qw(encode_base64); die "Usage: $0 Name 'SearchURLString'\n" if @ARGV < 2; my ($name, $url) = @ARGV; my ($site) = split '(?<![:/])/', $url; my $ico = get($site . '/favicon.ico'); unless ($ico) { $site =~ s{http://[^.]+\.}{http://}; $ico = get($site . '/favicon.ico'); } die "Can't get favicon for $site\n" unless defined $ico; my $base64 = encode_base64($ico); $url =~ s/searchTerms/{searchTerms}/gi; $url =~ s/&(?!amp;)/&amp;/g; print <<END_OF_SEARCHPLUGIN; <SearchPlugin xmlns="" xmlns:os=""> <os:ShortName>$name</os:ShortName> <os:Description>$name</os:Description> <os:InputEncoding>UTF-8</os:InputEncoding> <os:Image width="16" height="16"> data:image/x-icon;base64,$base64</os:Image> <SearchForm>$site</SearchForm> <os:Url type="text/html" method="GET" template="$url"> </os:Url> </SearchPlugin> END_OF_SEARCHPLUGIN __END__