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whirlpool's picture

I want to download files. Lots of files.

Using bitorrent, wget, etc..

I don't aggressively download.

I am using my laptop most of the time now.

Abandoned my desktop PC because it needs some repairs.

GUI tools take lots of RAM.

My laptop is old with only 512MB of RAM.

GUI apps are irritating when you have them around.

You have to attend to them.

You can't just download and forget about your download.

I know about screen, but it is complicated.

Now, I don't shutdown, thanks to the new kernel, I suspend.

So if I can tell my Ubuntu to download in the background, I will magically find huge files waiting for me to watch, listen or do stuff with.

I can also throttle wget's speed.

This way my downloads can simmer in the background.

Today, I found that all this is possible and is very simple really:

Now close your terminal window and forget about your download.



MSameer's picture

Screen basics

I use screen:

# start screen
$ screen

# list all running "screens"
$ screen -r

# reattach to a screen
$ screen -r foo

# attach to a screen session that has is being attached to!
$ screen -x foo

# detach from screen
^a d

Easy ? ;-)

Me and alienbrain were in Finland riding a car and we meet you in the street by accident along with Ramez Hanna ... wa anta ba2a maraby saksoka

Alaa's picture

if screen is too much for

if screen is too much for you try dtach which is a very simple tiny tool, very useful when sshing while on a spotty connection too.


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whirlpool's picture


Yes, it is nice. But had to read the man page and experiment with it for about 3 minutes. Good.

Alaa's picture

aw poor you, you had to

aw poor you, you had to read the nasty manual!


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