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Guten-gutter is a command-line filter for stripping the boilerplate off of text files from Project Gutenberg. I was using gutenizer for this purpose, but it has some shortcomings and there were several Project Gutenberg texts which it failed to properly strip, so I wrote this as a more robust replacement. It's also (like Project Gutenberg texts themselves) in the public domain.


If you want to get just the book's text out of a Project Gutenberg text file:

script/guten-gutter pg10662.txt > The_Night_Land.txt

If you want to do that to an entire collection of Project Gutenberg files:

mkdir cleaned
script/guten-gutter ../gutenberg/*.txt --output-dir=cleaned

To use Guten-gutter from any working directory, add the script directory in this repository to your PATH. For example, you might add this line to your .bashrc:

export PATH=/path/to/this/repo/script:$PATH

An easy way to accomplish this is to dock Guten-gutter using toolshelf:

toolshelf dock gh:catseye/guten-gutter


This is a test suite, written in Falderal format, for the guten-gutter utility. (Note that this isn't a very paradigmatic usage of Falderal!)

-> Functionality "Extract text from Project Gutenberg file" is implemented by
-> shell command "%(test-body-text)"

-> Tests for functionality "Extract text from Project Gutenberg file"

Our basic tests will be on Peter Rabbit.

| cat fixture/pg14838.txt | wc -l
= 618

In its default invokation, it tries to strip most things.

| script/guten-gutter fixture/pg14838.txt | wc -l
= 230

It can be told to strip illustrations, too...

| script/guten-gutter --strip-illustrations fixture/pg14838.txt | wc -l
= 201

If it's not given a Project Gutenberg file, it doesn't strip anything.

| cat fixture/plain.txt | wc -l
= 10

| script/guten-gutter fixture/plain.txt | wc -l
= 10


Rewrite ProducedByProcessor as a StartSentinelProcessor (or otherwise have it ignore the end sentinel)

Make IllustrationProcessor handle multiple lines