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This is what curl http://api.stackoverflow.com/1.0/users/113124/favorites returns

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Is this because the data returned is in JSON? How can I see it as text using commandline?

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The data is gzipped. Will link to related questions.

  1. Possible Gzip or data format problems when trying to read JSON.
  2. Strange encoding for JSON output

  3. Odd String Format Result from API Call

item 1 is specific to cUrl.

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Skys answer already denotes the reason and principle solution via curl library functions - regarding your specific question How can I see it as text using commandline? the curl shell command offers a built in solution as well, you'll need to add a parameter like so:

curl --compressed http://api.stackoverflow.com/1.0/users/113124/favorites
  • hmmm... looks like the right answer to me. – Sky Sanders Sep 19 '10 at 19:31

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