wget -nd -a pdf -o drgnchain.pdf https://dragonchain.com/assets/Dragonchain_Business_Summary.pdf

I would expect the downloaded PDF to be named drgnchain.pdf and be the sole file after executing this command. However, not only does this command unexpectedly get me 2 files, but drgnchain.pdf is not a valid PDF either.

I get these 2 PDFs:


I thought -o would save the PDF with custom name, but it doesn't seem to be working. What am I missing?

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    I think you're confusing wget with curl. Both -o and -a are about log files, not the data you're downloading. You probably meant -O (capital O) where you have -o (little oh). – barrycarter Apr 23 '18 at 22:31
  • Oh, that's the answer, lol. I didn't even know flags were case sensitive. I spent 2 hours thinking about this. Thanks! – Συλχαν Apr 23 '18 at 22:33
  • @barrycarter Definitely -O. Make it your answer and I will upvote it. – Kamil Maciorowski Apr 23 '18 at 22:55
  • @KamilMaciorowski I don't believe in the points system. I'm just happy to help people. Feel free to post it yourself – barrycarter Apr 23 '18 at 22:58

Both -o and -a are about log files, not the data you're downloading. Option switches are case sensitive. You probably meant -O where you have -o.

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