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Old 01-28-2005, 03:27 PM   #1
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linux download manager (like netant in windows?)

What's some good download managers for linux (distro rh9)? like getRight in windows. I need to download a lot of packages at once (over 30 gb), something like that will be handy.
Old 01-28-2005, 03:36 PM   #2
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there are a lot of download managers with the browsers as well
like in netscape,firefox,opera

i like the command line down. mngr. "wget"

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wget is great.

There's also Kget, if you're more graphically-inclined; it's similar to GetRight and Go!Zilla under Windows. If I'm not mistaken, it ships with KDE (and though I don't use KDE myself, Kget works under other DE's/window managers that are configured to run KDE apps). I had great success with it.
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there is also "downloader for x" (d4x)

"Downloader for X is a Linux/Unix userfriendly program with nice X interface to download files from the Internet. It suppotrs both FTP and HTTP protocols, supports resuming (of course if server side supports it) and makes downloading files from internet easy. Downloader for X is an analogue for Linux/Unix of such famous applications for Windows as ReGet, Go!Zilla and GetRight."
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Hmm,never found a need for dl manager...but then again I dl @ 10mb/sec.
Do download managewrs actually make a difference....seriously Im curious.
Old 01-30-2005, 02:31 AM   #6
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Originally posted by ironwalker
Hmm,never found a need for dl manager...but then again I dl @ 10mb/sec.
Do download managewrs actually make a difference....seriously Im curious.
as you said that not every one downloads at 10mb/sec so ofcourse download managers are important as if i am downloading like an iso , i can stop anytime and resume later
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At 10Mbps a download manager would be even more important.

If you try to download an .iso of 700MB it is going to stall probably many times and even time out while trying to get it. You will have to restart the download over and over and maybe just not be able to get it at all.

wget once started will stay with the file until it gets it.
You can wget
and go to sleep for the night. When you wake in the morning wget will have the file or still be working on it if it is huge with no interaction from you. It will even work in the background after you have closed the Konsole or shell as long as you keep the machine running. Doesn't matter if the download stalls for an hour, wget will pick it up when the path is clear.

Take a look at the man page for wget
man wget

Another useful utility is curl

curl is very useful for showing you the url the file is sitting at. This is useful for getting local copies of files like streaming audio-video, or links that don't show the location of the file. Once you identify the file that the link is streaming, or where it is sitting you can then use wget to get it.

man curl

wget doesn't support rtsp:/ mms:/ pnm:/ protocols, for those kind of files

Mplayer will also dump its stream to a file for those protocols. If mplayer will play it, you can get it.
mplayer -dumstream -dumpfile Giveitaname.wmv mms:// ect
Read the man page for mplayer
man mplayer.

You don't get the adware, spyware, or time limited trial versions with these great open source utilities that you get with the windows apps. Plus I've never seen a windows app that would stick with a file like wget does.
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wget has a gui called gwget i think. its pretty sweet


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