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    My favourite command line for mirroring with wget

    9th January 2011

    wget ––continue ––mirror ––page-requisites ––adjust-extension ––convert-links ––backup-converted ––limit-rate=500k ––wait=2 URL

    (short form: wget -cmpEkK ––limit-rate=500k -w 2 URL)

    • ––continue does no harm on initial run, but when run again this instructs wget to pick up where it was interrupted the previous time
    • ––mirror turns on several options useful for mirroring (read wget manual for details)
    • ––page-requisites instructs wget to also fetch linked resources, which would otherwise be skipped
    • ––adjust-extension (or ––html-extension in older wget versions) will append the .html extension to files without it, but with document type text/html or equivalent
    • ––convert-links will convert the links for convenient local viewing
    • ––backup-converted helps to avoid re-downloading some files, especially when ––convert-links is specified
    • ––limit-rate=500k and ––wait=2 prevent overloading the target website (being nice to someone offering information you need is a must)
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