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1 -*- text -*-
2 GNU Wget README
4 GNU Wget is a freely available network utility to retrieve files from
5 the World Wide Web using HTTP and FTP, the two most widely used
6 Internet protocols. It works non-interactively, thus enabling work in
7 the background, after having logged off.
9 The recursive retrieval of HTML pages, as well as FTP sites is
10 supported -- you can use Wget to make mirrors of archives and home
11 pages, or traverse the web like a WWW robot (Wget understands
14 Wget works exceedingly well on slow or unstable connections, keeping
15 getting the document until it is fully retrieved. Re-getting files
16 from where it left off works on servers (both HTTP and FTP) that
17 support it. Matching of wildcards and recursive mirroring of
18 directories are available when retrieving via FTP. Both HTTP and FTP
19 retrievals can be time-stamped, thus Wget can see if the remote file
20 has changed since last retrieval and automatically retrieve the new
21 version if it has.
23 By default, Wget supports proxy servers, which can lighten the network
24 load, speed up retrieval and provide access behind firewalls. However,
25 if you are behind a firewall that requires that you use a socks style
26 gateway, you can get the socks library and compile wget with support
27 for socks.
29 Most of the features are configurable, either through command-line
30 options, or via initialization file .wgetrc. Wget allows you to
31 install a global startup file (/usr/local/lib/wgetrc by default) for
32 site settings.
34 Wget works under almost all modern Unix variants and, unlike many
35 other similar utilities, is written entirely in C, thus requiring no
36 additional software (like perl). As Wget uses the GNU Autoconf, it is
37 easily built on and ported to other Unix's. Installation procedure is
38 described in the INSTALL file.
40 Like all GNU utilities, the latest version of Wget can be found at the
41 master GNU archive site prep.ai.mit.edu, and its mirrors. For
42 example, Wget 1.4.5 is at:
45 The latest version is also available via FTP from the maintainer's
46 machine, at:
49 This location is mirrored at:
50 <URL:ftp://sunsite.auc.dk/pub/infosystems/wget/> and
53 Please report bugs in Wget to <email@example.com>.
55 Wget has a own mailing list at <firstname.lastname@example.org>. To subscribe,
56 mail to <email@example.com> with the word `subscribe' in the
59 Wget is free; no payment is required. If you still wish to donate
60 money to the author of Wget, write to my address <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
63 AUTHOR: Hrvoje Niksic <URL:mailto:email@example.com>
65 The program is being regularly tested on Solaris 2.5, Linux, Ultrix,
66 OSF, SunOS 4.x, but also on other U*x-es from time to time by other
70 Copyright (C) 1995, 1996, 1997 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
72 This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
73 it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
74 the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or
75 (at your option) any later version.
77 This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
78 but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
79 MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the
80 GNU General Public License for more details.
82 You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
83 along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software
84 Foundation, Inc., 675 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA.