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Old 05-01-2005, 12:18 AM   #1
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Question minimalistic wget?


Does anyone know if there is a way to force wget to produce minimalistic standard output; specifically I only want to see the progress crawl and transfer rate on the bottom line. I don't want to see all the messages about which file is being got, etc. I've looked at the -nv and -q options, but both seem to eliminate the crawl. Well, thanks for any thoughts.
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I don't think there is one, and here's my reasoning:

When you specify a web page to download, wget has no idea how big that web page is or how large the constituent components are. For it to have an overall progress bar like you describe, then it would need to query for the size of each component, calculate the total, and then turn around and start downloading them. It seems a bit inefficient (by creating excess net traffic) to make a connection, see how big the object is, close the connection, reconnect, download the file, and disconnect.

I hope that's clear. There may be other reasons why, but I think it's primarily an efficiency decision.
Old 05-01-2005, 01:31 AM   #3
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I wouldn't mind if it tracked the progress for each file separately. I just don't want to see all of the extra 8 or so lines for each new file connection. I would like to see like one line per file, so the user isn't bombarded by a massive amount of scrolling. Thanks again


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