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Is there any app you're aware of (CLI, GUI, or even a library in some language) that will simply download almost any file on any protocol I throw at it?

Seems like something that should exist, right?

Of course such an app would have to gracefully handle a very large number of error conditions and protocols.

For simply "acquiring" some content, all the millions of permutations of technical details just_don't_matter.

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The usual suspects are wget, curl and aria2 (which also supports Bittorrent). –  Marco Dec 20 '13 at 0:29
    
No. HTTP is completely different from UUCP is completely different from NFS… A web browser with lots of plugins installed is your best bet. –  Gilles Dec 20 '13 at 22:21

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Take a look at wget which will download anything you can specify a URI for. Other programs to look at include curl and there any any number of short recipies in Perl and Python to download with ease.

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Wget speaks HTTP and FTP, and that's it. Curl speaks a bit more, but that still leaves out rsync, bittorrent, samba, NFS, UUCP, SMTP, POP3, IMAP, NNTP, etc. –  Gilles Dec 20 '13 at 22:20

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