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When I do

lynx --dump http://data.iana.org/TLD/tlds-alpha-by-domain.txt

It outputs the content on this web page but when I do

lynx --dump https://code.wireshark.org/review/gitweb?p=wireshark.git;a=blob_plain;f=manuf

It dumps something else than what is presented in the browser.

Why the first command is working but the second command is not working and how do I make it work?

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lynx --dump 'https://code.wireshark.org/review/gitweb?p=wireshark.git;a=blob_plain;f=manuf'

You need to quote the URL in this case since it contains ;. The semicolons delimit commands in the shell and will not be part of the URL if the URL is not properly quoted.

In fact, the bits in-between the semi colons will be interpreted as commands, which means that you now have shell variables called a and f:

$ echo "$a"
blob_plain

$ echo "$f"
manuf

The other reason that the URL needs to be quoted is that it contains a shell filename globbing character: ?.

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