I accidentally closed the terminal while running a wget process to download a website. It has been 2 days since I started the wget process, so I don't know the process' status.

Yesterday the traffic was high and today the traffic is low. It looks like the wget process is finished, but on top, it still shows wget running. This is confusing.

19133 root      15   0  751m 746m 1416 S  1.0 37.0  48:18.77 wget

How do I resume the wget process to see the status?

  • what command did you ran at the time along with wget ?
    – Prix
    Aug 8, 2010 at 0:10
  • wget -k -m -r -q -t 1 http://www.web.com/
    – keling menua
    Aug 8, 2010 at 0:39

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If the web server you were downloading from supports resuming connections, then you can kill the wget process and restart it with the -c command (for continue). It won't continue if it finds it's already downloaded the entire file contents, otherwise it will resume from where it left off.

  • using pkill -9 wget ?
    – keling menua
    Aug 8, 2010 at 1:00
  • 2
    Right. Then the same wget command with options you typed earlier with a -c added. I've tried this with large downloads, stopped them and restarted. It should work with recursive downloads as well.
    – ars
    Aug 8, 2010 at 1:04

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