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[Bug-wget] Trying to wget files from IEEE802 document server

From: Robert Moskowitz
Subject: [Bug-wget] Trying to wget files from IEEE802 document server
Date: Fri, 18 May 2012 16:57:44 -0400
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This server is open to the public. For example for 802.11 (WiFi), the url is:


Now when I am at the 802 meetings (as I was earlier this week) we have a local replicate that I wget the docs from with:

wget -m -nH --cut-dirs=3 --no-parent -R.html http://griffin.events.ieee.org/docs/802.15/12/

I have to do this for each of the directories for each of the groups that have had updates. A bit more pain that rsync would be, but they don't support rsync.


Now that I am home, I want to go to the main server and I tried:

wget -m -nH --cut-dirs=3 --no-parent -R.html http://mentor.ieee.org/802.18/dcn/12/

And got a warning telling me I needed to use '--no-check-certificate'

So both wget -m -nH --cut-dirs=3 --no-parent --no-check-certificate -R.html http://mentor.ieee.org/802.18/dcn/12/

and wget -m -nH --cut-dirs=3 --no-parent --no-check-certificate -R.html https://mentor.ieee.org/802.18/dcn/12/

gets me:

--2012-05-18 16:44:52-- https://mentor.ieee.org/802.18/dcn/12/
Resolving mentor.ieee.org...
Connecting to mentor.ieee.org||:443... connected.
WARNING: cannot verify mentor.ieee.org’s certificate, issued by “/C=US/O=VeriSign, Inc./OU=VeriSign Trust Network/OU=Terms of use at https://www.verisign.com/rpa (c)10/CN=VeriSign Class 3 Secure Server CA - G3”:
Unable to locally verify the issuer’s authority.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 404 Not Found
2012-05-18 16:44:52 ERROR 404: Not Found.

Now a single URL can be pasted into a browers like


(which by the way is one of MY documents that I uploaded to the server) and you get a download and open dialog box.

So what am I missing here? Can anyone help me? It would be nice to be able to regularly get new documents between the meetings instead of just getting what I need then syncing up to get everything when I get to the bimonthly meeting.

Oh, if anyone wants the rsync commands to download all the IETF's RFCs and Internet Drafts (including expired ones), I can share that tidbit...

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