download problems

Tony Baechler tony at
Tue Apr 9 08:47:41 UTC 2013

I posted this before, but perhaps it didn't go to the list.  I don't 
understand why you bother with wget or Lynx when there is a much simpler 
way.  Actually, there are two simple ways.  One is to use Firefox, but that 
requires X and isn't practical.  The other is to use a good ftp client, like 
lftp or ncftp.  Just navigate to the project directory you want and download 
away.  The only drawback is that it's a bit slower for people in the US.

That path might not be correct, it might be under mirrors/ or similar.  Once 
you find it, change to the project directory, as follows:

cd n/nv/nvda
cd m/ma/maximus

You can then download files as you normally would with ftp and no 
Javascript.  I downloaded the latest NVDA that way.  It also is a lot easier 
than using their project browser to determine the file listings.

On 4/8/2013 12:17 PM, Martin McCormick wrote:
> 	I beat the system a couple of nights ago when I made the
> same discovery you describe when trying to download something
> from sourceforge using lynx. I could tell it had actually
> downloaded but lynx couldn't finish the process. I wonder what
> non-existant problem somebody cured with this design?
> 	What I did was to cd to /tmp/and then find the temporary
> directory lynx created and inside that was the temp file just
> waiting for the last few steps to complete which now never
> happens.
> 	I copied that file out in to my directory and it did
> work but It has that sulphur smell of javascript.
> 	It sounds like using wget is a much better solution.
> 	I had tried to use curl but not that hard so curl might
> also work. Thanks for the tip.
> Jude DaShiell writes:
>> It used to be we could use a browser and download things from
>> and lynx even worked.  That's not the case any longer.
>> All that happens now is you get 10 redirects and get thrown off the page.
>> What does work though, is to copy the url from what would
>> be where the file was going to be pulled from and drop back to the local
>> box and run wget -b and paste the url in.  Apparently wget is able to get
>> these files and the bonus is the file names aren't mutilated as they are
>> when a browser is used to download them from
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>> Microsoft, windows is accessible. why do blind people need screen readers?
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Have a good day,
Tony Baechler
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