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I want to get the ISO for a particular version of Linux, say 'Mint 14 “Nadia” KDE '. I tried using wget in the terminal to download the ISO of this distro:

$ wget http://mirror.ufs.ac.za/linuxmint/stable/14/linuxmint-14-kde-dvd-64bit.iso

or more generically:

$ wget http://server.com/path/to/some/largefile

After downloading to the point where it was ~30% (after like 2 hours), I was disappointed to see that it stopped downloading. I used wget because I didn't want to leave my browser on for the entire duration of the download.

In general is there some method where I can get wget to be able to resume if it fails to download a complete file?

Do I need to do something different when using wget?

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closed as too localized by Michael Mrozek Jun 25 '13 at 17:34

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Don't crosspost. You end up getting duplicate answers, like you already have. Closing here – Michael Mrozek Jun 25 '13 at 17:34
@MichaelMrozek - does this seem better? I've tried to clean up this question so it's more generic. LMK. – slm Jun 25 '13 at 21:26
@slm The problem isn't that it's too specific, it's that it's posted on two sites, so the answers get forked. Sometimes we migrate and merge, but since your answer here is already on the SU one, I just closed it instead – Michael Mrozek Jun 25 '13 at 21:29
@MichaelMrozek - so what can we do to resolve it? Just leave it alone now? – slm Jun 25 '13 at 21:31
@slm Yes, it's resolved by closing it :) – Michael Mrozek Jun 25 '13 at 22:00

Try using the --continue options to wget.

$ wget --continue http://mirror.ufs.ac.za/linuxmint/stable/14/linuxmint-14-kde-dvd-64bit.iso

If it's able to it should resume the download. Also you might want to consider using curl or even a bitorrent client instead. You're able to resume much more easily with bitorrent vs. some of the other methods of downloading, and most of the Linux Distros are setup so that they can be downloaded using a bittorrent client such as rtorrent.


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