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A friend of mine put up a bunch of mkv files on a public server, how can i download them all with one wget command?

I have tried

wget -r [path]

which simply grabs the index file, robots.txt and skips the mkvs. I also tried

wget -r -A.mkv

If i try getting a individual file directly it works fine, what am i doing wrong here? The man page is very long so possibly i just skipped the relevant option in which case I apologise.

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possibly... I'm not really interested in creating a whole different account on a site I will barely use when there should be enough overlapping knowledge to answer this fairly simple question right here. You can't compartmentalise everything! – Ollie Edwards Apr 11 '11 at 20:59
@Ollie, that's not how it works. It takes almost no effort to link your current OpenID to the other site (and you get 100 rep on the new site as a reward). The rules are there to keep BOTH sites useful and less cluttered with "uninteresting" questions for the audience. – Ex Umbris Apr 11 '11 at 21:01
Does [path] list all the .mkv files as links? – Mikel Apr 11 '11 at 22:37
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My guess: Your answer is here:

The man page for wget has a workaround, but it is not a nice thing to ignore robots.txt, so I'm not recommending it (you can look it up yourself). You could verify whether this is the actual problem by viewing the text

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Yep had "Dissalow /" I asked him nicely if he minded me ignoring his robots and got the goods. Thanks. – Ollie Edwards Apr 13 '11 at 10:23
Great! Thanks for the mark! – sehe Apr 14 '11 at 19:08

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