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Re: [Bug-wget] other hosts default

From: Dale R. Worley
Subject: Re: [Bug-wget] other hosts default
Date: Thu, 06 Jul 2017 22:31:58 -0400

kalle <address@hidden> writes:
>> What is the question?  As you state it, the document says that with
>> "recursive", wget will download links to other hosts, and which means,
>> of course, that the default behavior of wget (that is, without any
>> options) is not to do so.
> well. then the info-document should be changed, so that it doesn't make 
> the impression on the reader, that  it would be so. at least, this is 
> how I interpeted it. and I was puzzled quite a time with this problem, 
> that it seemed to not fit as described.

Actually, my point is that your initial question isn't very clear, and
not just because you chose to write in a peculiar dialect of English.
Indeed, I seem to have not properly understood it.

Given your reply above, it seems that you expect that if --recursive is
specified, then all links on all pages will be followed, including those
to other hosts.  And you expect this because the paragraph describing
--recursive doesn't specifically say that it does not by default.

> secondly: does someone know the reason for not downloading the links to 
> other hosts?

I suspect that in a lot of cases, following *all* links from a page
would lead to downloading half of the Web, because pages link to pages
link to pages...


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