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Old 04-30-2008, 08:48 PM   #1
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downloading files from internet

This is a question that I think there is a way to do this in Linux. This is new to me.

1) How can I download a group of files from the internet by typing in a list of files and having Linux download them for me? The only other option in Linux that I can think of is for me to go to a web site and right click with the mouse and select "save link as". This takes a lot of time.

2) How can I automate this? What commands can I use?
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I use gftp. gftp has a queue of work to download. You can start gftp on the first download and then add other files at the same or different web sites to the queue while gftp chugs along.

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Question gftp

Thank you for your comment. At the gftp web site:

"gFTP is a free multithreaded ftp client for *NIX based machines running X11R6 or later."

1) What is a *NIX based machine?

2) What is X11R6?

3) How do I find out if I have a *NIX based machine? I have a pentium PC.

4) I read that ftp is only for ftp sites. I want to download from web sites such as html files, text files, audio files, and video files that are at sites that have a URL. For example, if I want to download the home page of, can I do that with ftp? In my browser, I would go to that URL, select File and select Save.
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1. *NIX = any variant of UNIX eg Solaris, HP-UX, AIX, Linux, *BSD etc
2. X11R6 = X-Windows (default underlaying tech of a *NIX GUI)
3. See 1.
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You might also want to look into using WGET to download stuff from the net. It'll download pretty much anything from anywhere.. Check out the man page (the MANual) by typing 'man wget' into a console, or using Goooooogle.

Also, for future reference, perhaps you could put what distro of Linux you are using, into your profile, so that people can know what you are using in case it has any bearing on answering your questions.

Good luck downloading

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