I am downloading data spread among multiple files that don't change once published.

Therefore --timestamping is not good enough, because it is constantly checking whatever resource is changed, which is, in my case, completely pointless.

--no-clobber would fit perfectly. Unfortunately it doesn't work with --convert-links for some reason.

Both --no-clobber and --convert-links were specified, only --convert-links will be used.

I hoped that --backup-converted would help but it changed nothing (it works for --timestamping.)

Why wget --convert-links --backup-converted --no-clobber --wait 1 https://example.com ignores --no-clobber and how could it be fixed?

  • Hitting that same problem today. How did you solve it? Jul 8, 2017 at 20:43
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    @AngeloFuchs I never solved it (I would post answer if that would happen). In the end in my case redownloading fetched links was simpler than patching wget or switching to something else. Jul 9, 2017 at 9:14
  • did you try --continue? this usually is meant to contiune a download previously aborted. but if the file already was fetched it doesn't do anything.
    – JPT
    Nov 19, 2019 at 17:04
  • @JTP I tried '-c', but the result was the same :( May 22, 2022 at 17:19

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Any possibility of using rsync? You will have to have ssh access to the system.  (I have never seen rsync used for http:// downloads.)

Something like this will get files you have never gotten and will re-pickup files that stopped downloading for some reason.

rsync -avzheP ssh [email protected]:/remotefolder/ /localfolder/

This may not work for you. Not enough information about what you are trying to do.


You cannot use both --convert-links and --no-clobber. You will get this message:

Both --no-clobber and --convert-links were specified, only --convert-links will be used.

wget can accomplish what you want, if you specify --convert-links and --timestamping. But this will only work if the target site supplies the file timestamp info in the response headers.


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