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I am attempting to write a shell script which will download the latest version of OpenOffice using wget, and then use the command-line to install the application. I have seen that installing the application is easy, but getting the latest version of OpenOffice is quite difficult.

Note: When I am referring to the latest version, I am not referring to 4.0.0 or 4.0.1, etc..., I am referring to whatever version of OO which is the latest at the time of install, without having to change the shell script.

I can use wget to fetch the latest from SourceForge:


... however, it does not fetch the correct file.

Using the browser on Windows 7 x64 will fetch Apache_OpenOffice_4.0.0_Win_x86_install_en-US.exe, but wget will fetch OOo_3.3.0_Win_x86_install_en-US_20110219.iso.

How can I use wget to fetch the correct file?

Thank you for your time.

Note 2: wget on Linux fetches the same file.

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Have you used any other tools besides wget. Sounds like the best method would be to store the file you want to install on a network share and push updates to the file yourself. – Ramhound Aug 13 '13 at 18:26

Use --user-agent parameter:

~ $ wget --user-agent="Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64; rv:23.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/23.0"

it will create download file that contains direct link. Now parse direct link and download tar.gz file:

~ $ wget `grep direct-download download | awk -F"href=." '{print $2}' | awk -F"\"" '{print $1}'`

It is not ideal way, but it is working :)

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It's possible the windows version doesn't honour the redirect, you can try with the --max-redirect and/or -r (recursive) options to force it.

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