wget and sourceforge.net downloads

Tony Baechler tony at baechler.net
Fri Feb 8 07:46:57 UTC 2013

I have a similar problem with libsyn.com downloads.  As already suggested, I 
use the -O switch to wget which helps, but for SourceForge, there might be a 
better way.  First, I know that Gentoo and the FreeBSD ports system download 
directly from SF mirrors presumably without the problems, so you could try 
superb-east.sourceforge.net instead of downloads.sourceforge.net the next 
time.  Alternatively, if you don't mind ftp downloads from Ireland, you can 
go to:


where the complete Sourceforge mirror is available for download by 
subdirectory.  For example, "nvda" would be under n/nv/nvda, so it's a few 
more steps, but you can easily see all project releases in one directory.

On 2/7/2013 2:55 PM, Jude DaShiell wrote:
> I've noticed on one download using wget that sourceforge.net appends all
> kinds of garbage to the right end of downloads from sourceforge.net.
> With wget does any way exist to prevent sourceforge.net from doing this
> and saving to the correct file name on the local system?  I downloaded
> nvda_2012-3-1.exe from sourceforge.net and had to use an mv command to fix
> the file name after the fact.  I copied everything in the file name up to
> one character before the first question mark then moved what
> sourceforge.net downloaded to that correct file name.

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