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How would I download a list of files from a file server like this one ?

I suppose I could use wget but then it tries to get all the links and the html file as well. Is there a better tool to accomplish this?

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just to clarify your question: you just want the list of files which could be downloaded from the server, not the files itself (yet)? – akira Sep 26 '09 at 4:57
In what way is a command like ` wget --no-verbose --spider --no-directories --recursive --level=2` not working for you? If you could be more specific that might help – DaveParillo Sep 26 '09 at 5:02

You can specify what file extensions wget will download when crawling pages:

wget -r -A zip,rpm,tar.gz

this will perform a recursive search and only download files with the .zip, .rpm, and .tar.gz extensions.

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supposing you really just want a list of the files on the server without fetching them (yet):

%> wget -r -np --spider 2>&1 | awk -f filter.awk | uniq

while 'filter.awk' looks like this

/^--.*--  http:\/\/.*[^\/]$/ { u=$3; }
/^Length: [[:digit:]]+/ { print u; }

then you possibly have to filter out some entries like

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You can use following command:

wget --execute="robots = off" --mirror --convert-links --no-parent --wait=5 <website-url>

Explanation with each options

  • wget: Simple Command to make CURL request and download remote files to our local machine.
  • --execute="robots = off": This will ignore robots.txt file while crawling through pages. It is helpful if you're not getting all of the files.
  • --mirror: This option will basically mirror the directory structure for the given URL. It's a shortcut for -N -r -l inf --no-remove-listing which means:
    • -N: don't re-retrieve files unless newer than local
    • -r: specify recursive download
    • -l inf: maximum recursion depth (inf or 0 for infinite)
    • --no-remove-listing: don't remove '.listing' files
  • --convert-links: make links in downloaded HTML or CSS point to local files
  • --no-parent: don't ascend to the parent directory
  • --wait=5: wait 5 seconds between retrievals. So that we don't thrash the server.
  • <website-url>: This is the website url from where to download the files.

Happy Downloading :smiley:

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