Re: New Package: htget 0.1-1 (source i386)
Here is the README:
HTGET is a file grabber that will get files from HTTP servers.
The aim behind this program is to create a downloader that you can leave
running in the background - one that's totally reliable and can cope with
just about any problem, and won't stop downloading unless it's forced to.
It already supports resume, list files, timeouts, minimum rate timeouts
and other cool features.
Command line switches are used to change htget's behaviour, you can
have many on at once:
Long version Short Description
------------ ----- -----------
--noresume -nr Do not attempt to resume files.
--notimeout -nt Never let the connection time out.
--timeout <t> -t <t> Set the timeout to <t> seconds.
--redial -r If the connection times out, reconnect and resume
the download instead of returning to the console.
--silent -s Dont output download info to stderr.
--nocheck -nc When resuming files, dont check the file
--list <l> -l <l> Download files listed in file <l>.
--logfile <l> -f <l> Make a log file <l>
--directory <d> -d <d> Output files to alternate directory <d>
--noestimate -ne Dont estimate the download time remaining
--minrate <r> -m <r> Set the minimum download rate to <r> bytes/sec.
--stdout -S Output file to stdout. Only works with one file.
--verbose -v Lots of information including HTTP headers
--be <n> -b <n> Set the user-agent to <n>
Of all the above, the most useful is -r (redial).
This is really handy for big downloads. When you're 19Mb into a 20Mb file,
and the server times out, don't you just want to explode? Not any more.
Redial connects again and resumes the download. Now the only problem is
with servers that don't support resume :(.
minrate is also useful for servers that start off transmitting data at
a good speed, then slow down. When the rate drops below minrate for the
amount of time specified as the timeout, the connection is assumed to
have timed out. Can be combined with redial.
On 16 Feb 1998, Manoj Srivastava wrote:
> Re the new package HTGET: how is it different from wget? what
> are the strengths and weaknesses?
> > Package: htget
> > Version: 0.1-1
> > Architecture: i386
> > Depends: libc6
> > Installed-Size: 37
> > Maintainer: Christoph Lameter <email@example.com>
> > Description: a file grabber that will get files from HTTP servers
> > HTGET is a file grabber that will get files from HTTP servers.
> > The aim behind this program is to create a downloader that you can leave
> > running in the background - one that's totally reliable and can cope with
> > just about any problem, and won't stop downloading unless it's forced to.
> "I've heard about these cult jamborees. It's an international goon
> gathering. Lots of howling and drinking... Orgiastic worship of
> heathen idols... Great looking chicks in diaphanous robes..." Sam
> Manoj Srivastava <firstname.lastname@example.org> <http://www.datasync.com/%7Esrivasta/>
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