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I have a crontab that wgets a PHP page every five minutes (just to run some the PHP code), and I want to send the output to /dev/null. I couldn't find it in the wget manual.

I'm looking for something like:

wget -o stdout http://whatever.com/page.php > /dev/null

Anyone know?

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wget -O - http://whatever.com/page.php > /dev/null

or, if you want to redirect standard error output also:

wget -O - http://whatever.com/page.php > /dev/null 2>&1

or, for codegolf :-)

wget -O-

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wget -qO /dev/null http://whatever.com/page.php
  • -q to make it quiet
  • -O /dev/null to ignore the page contents
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wget -O /dev/null http://example.com/
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It works on my mac with wget 1.12. –  Simon Aug 9 '11 at 22:29
    
Could you provide some explanation about what your code does? –  Tom Wijsman Nov 5 '11 at 1:14

You can also try:

wget -q -O - http://whatever.com/page.php > /dev/null 

the -q will make it "quiet"

Or have the file go to some temp html page that you don't mind having. whatever.com/tempFile.html

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