Download tool for multiple files or wildcards in http

John J. Boyer director at
Wed Apr 7 02:42:55 UTC 2004


It seems to me that trying to download multiple files is more hassle than 
just downloading the volumes individually. I just use lynx, go to books 
for adults and press d on the volumes of the books I want. with a fast 
connection it takes only a few seconds. 

Well, to each her own. This is mine.


On Tue, 6 Apr 2004, Cheryl Homiak wrote:

> I'm not sure whether lftp can be used for this. I'm probably not doing a
> very good job of explaining this, but I think the supposed directory for
> the books really isn't the actual directory and direct access to anything
> but specific urls might not be possible. Using lftp with the -u option to
> give my username and password, I can go to, but no
> .brf books appear in the directory list or if you try mget. But I can
> directly download with wget or edbrowse for example,
> I can see why they want to protect
> the files and it's not my desire to crash security, but it still would be
> nice not to have to download each file individually.
> Lftp would be easier to use than the suggested script if it would work, I
> think, but I'm not sure it will.
> As for the script to pipe to wget, I'm getting errors with that, but those
> may be my own mistakes in setting it up; will post and ask about it if i
> don't figure it out. The filenames are five-digit numbers plus v01 v02 v03
> etc., depending on how many volumes, ending in .brf.
> I actually did write NLS once and ask them about using an ftp setup; they
> said they had considered it but had security concerns.
> Anyway, it's not like what I'm doing doesn't work, but I'm always looking
> for better and less time-consuming ways to do things.

John J. Boyer; Executive Director, Chief Software Developer
Computers to Help People, Inc.
825 East Johnson; Madison, WI 53703

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