looking for wget-like module for getching software

Stefan Behnel behnel_ml at gkec.informatik.tu-darmstadt.de
Thu Dec 16 15:57:35 CET 2004

Robert P. J. Day schrieb:
>   that is, i can just say, "go get file gcc-3.4.2.tar.bz2", and start
> searching at "ftp://pub.gnu.org/pub/gcc".  i may not know how far down
> in the directory structure that file is, but wget will happily search
> recursively until it finds it.

That sounds pretty inefficient and should produce some load on the server 
side. Imagine everyone doing that. Many FTP-servers provide files like 
"ls-R.gz" somewhere, meaning, a list of files and directories. And then, 
there's Google. Why do you have to use FTP? Ask Google for 
"yourfile.tar.bz2 site:the.domain.name". It will very likely return a 
suitable URL for you that you can use for download. Just tried it with 
"site:ftp.gnu.org gcc-3.4.2.tar.bz2" - works. You can even use that link 
and try to replace "http://" with "ftp://" for download. Should work for 
many source repositories.

You can use urllib2 for both querying and download.


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