I am trying to download the Linux version of Gdrive from GitHub using this command

wget https://docs.google.com/uc?id=0B3X9GlR6EmbnWksyTEtCM0VfaFE&export=download

It's getting stuck with this output.

[1] 869 pi@raspberrypi:~ $ Redirecting output to ‘wget-log.2’

  • What does the file say? cat wget-log.2
    – JamesL
    Apr 24, 2020 at 17:41

1 Answer 1


There is a & in the URL (nothing special for URLs) it just so happens that this is a reserved character for the bash shell... which brings the current command to the background... Try to either put your URL in "" or escape that & with a preceeding \

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    Thanks. that reserved character caused the issue. Adding " " solved the issue. wget https://docs.google.com/uc?id=0B3X9GlR6EmbnWksyTEtCM0VfaFE&export=download Apr 24, 2020 at 17:34
  • just for the heck of it that URL does not even look like it has anything to do with github. (in contrast to what you stated previously)
    – der bender
    Apr 24, 2020 at 17:39
  • Yes, I even noticed that now. I was following one article, in that it was mentioned it's downloading from Github. Apr 24, 2020 at 17:44

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