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Old 07-03-2004, 10:23 AM   #1
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Downloading files from the CLI

I'm new to the Linux world and have to learn how to set up an Apache server on Linux, I've set up a test machine with Red Hat 9.0. I can surf to where I can download the tar.gz file using lynx, but I can't seem to download the file. I've tried pressing "d" on the link when in lynx but this doesn't work. The only way I could get round this was to get the url from another machie and use wget to download the file.

What is the easiest way from the CLI to browse and download source files?
Old 07-03-2004, 10:43 AM   #2
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Welcome to LQ.

I usually use wget. I'm not sure whhy lynx didn't work. Once it has downloaded the file it should ask you where you want to save it too.
Old 07-04-2004, 11:34 AM   #3
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Cheers David.

I've since tried lynx for downloading a few other files from the web and it seems to be working fine. The thing I don't like about wget is that you have to know the whole url location of a file, very cumbersome I think. What other methods do you linux gurus use for downloading files.

Old 07-05-2004, 04:03 AM   #4
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personly i use wget to download large files (isos mostly) because you can set it to download in the evning and in the morning (well noon since school is out for the summer) you have all the files downloaded.

If you are trying to download a file with lynx, just pretend the file is another html page, and select it the normal way. Then lynx will ask you what you want to do with the file, but that is plain sily because it is only going to give you one choice - save to disk - just select it and you should be one you way downloading the file
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you can use proz to speed up downloads ... works like Windows based GoZilla, FlashGet, etc.
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The thing I don't like about wget is that you have to know the whole url location of a file
I copy the link from my browser and paste it into my terminal.


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