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[Bug-wget] wget doesn't work on gzip sites

Subject: [Bug-wget] wget doesn't work on gzip sites
Date: Thu, 21 Feb 2013 11:04:44 -0500

I've encounted an increasing number of web sites are forcing pages to be served 
as gzip whether the broswer requests it or not. This is likely in order to save 
bandwidth for the site and make people stop using IE6 or whatever old browsers 
don't support gzip.

However, as wget also doesn't support gzip it is useless on these sites. There 
is no way to request NOT to have the site give pages in gzip because the sites 
are ignoring the http gzip header and just forcing it reguardless.

So the only solution is to have wget support gzip. It's a feature that is in 
every modern browser and really should be in wget as it will save loads of 
bandwidth for both users and server operators.

Thanks for reading

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