In order to avoid the
--, -K/s situations you can use
--read-timeout=seconds. This will timeout the connection after the amount of seconds.
If you need to go beyond that you can use this setup
wget --retry-connrefused --waitretry=1 --read-timeout=20 --timeout=15 -t 0
This will retry refused connections and similar fatal errors (
--retry-connrefused), it will wait 1 second before next retry (
--waitretry), it will wait a maximum of 20 seconds in case no data is received and then try again (
--read-timeout), it will wait max 15 seconds before the initial connection times out (
--timeout) and finally it will retry an infinite number of times (
You might also want to put this in a
while loop in order to avoid local network failure and similar. In this case you also need to add
--continue in order to continue the download where you left off. The following works well in Bash
while [ 1 ]; do
wget --retry-connrefused --waitretry=1 --read-timeout=20 --timeout=15 -t 0 --continue
if [ $? = 0 ]; then break; fi; # check return value, break if successful (0)
As a bonus tip you can also use
--no-dns-cache in case the host balances your request between multiple servers by DNS.
Disclaimer: I do not recommend using this since it will spam the host in case the connection is unstable and it's kind of unwise to leave it unmonitored. However this is what you want in case you really need to download something and your connection doesn't work adequately.