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Manage Linux Downloads with wget

Sep 08, 2010, 13:33 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier)

"Firefox, Chrome, and other browsers do an acceptable job of downloading a single file of reasonable size. But I don't like to trust a browser to grab ISO images and other files that are hundreds of megabytes, or larger. For that I prefer to turn to wget. You'll find that using wget provides some significant advantages over grabbing files with your browser.

"First of all, there's the obvious — if your browser crashes or you need to restart for some reason, you don't lose the download. Firefox and Chrome have been fairly stable for me lately, but it's not unheard of for them to crash. That's a bit of a bummer if they're 75% of the way (or 98%) through downloading a 3.6GB ISO for the latest Fedora or openSUSE DVD."

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