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I save images with:

for i in {1..30000}
    wget "http://services.runescape.com/m=itemdb_rs/3809_obj_sprite.gif?id="$i

Is there a way to speed up the process? Sometimes a URL does not exist and I get:

HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 404 Not found
2012-08-04 18:09:36 ERROR 404: Not found.

How can I continue after this error?

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If you have an additional question about how to download out only certain object, please ask an additional question. Mixing two subjects in one question just over-complicates the matter :) –  Oliver Salzburg Aug 4 '12 at 16:26
@OliverSalzburg - Your comment is spot on. But you chose to edit the title to reflect the question you answered. Neglecting to notice that there where two answers answering his other question. –  Nifle Aug 4 '12 at 16:37
@Nifle: Feel free to read the history of the question and change it if you feel that I've missed the point with my edit. Also, please note that I edited and commented on the question before I wrote my answer. –  Oliver Salzburg Aug 4 '12 at 16:39

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wget "http://s.../m=itemdb_rs/3809_obj_sprite.gif?id="$i || true

This way, if wget fails, the result of that line is still zero and your script continues.

To learn how to properly handle errors in a bash script, check out the following resources:

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+1 This is a good suggestion! –  Canha Aug 4 '12 at 17:07

You can't. There is no way to know in advance what will files are going to be missing

You can however try to fail more quickly by adding these flags --tries=1 --connect-timeout=5

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Can I "multi thread" it? PHP script with same while loop performs MUCH faster. –  Ultra Aug 4 '12 at 16:26
@Ultra - Well then use PHP instead of wget. Or do the obvious thing and run multiple instances of the script with different ranges. –  Nifle Aug 4 '12 at 16:29
Of course you can "multithread" in a bash loop. @Ultra –  slhck Aug 4 '12 at 16:30

You could try something like this.

for i in {1..30000};
if [[ $(echo $(GET -sd $x | grep "404")) = "" ]]; 
wget --no-dns-cache -nc -U"Firefox/10" $x 2>&1 \
| grep "Saving" | sed 's,Saving to,Saved,'; 
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