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Re: [Bug-wget] Planning update to wget. Should I upstream it?

From: Richard Thomas
Subject: Re: [Bug-wget] Planning update to wget. Should I upstream it?
Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2018 16:08:58 -0500
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On 8/23/2018 2:56 AM, Tim Rühsen wrote:

Feedback into the project is what it lives on :-)
Your goal sounds interesting, what do you need it for ?

Well, it's fairly trivial and there might be a better way but...

What I am looking to do is retrieve and store pages from ebay. Several times a month, I buy electronic components and modules from ebay. Often, the specs and instruction for these items are on the page itself. Also, the items when they arrive are often labelled cryptically and if I haven't been diligent with sorting them, often a trip to the page is the best way to identify what exactly I have found in one of my boxes of wonders.

Now, ebay makes it hard to get to these pages after a few months (though they are still there) and they eventually become inaccessible completely after a number of years. So what I have been doing is towards the end of the year, grabbing all the item numbers from pages which are about to expire and pushing them through wget. Thus I get a mirrored version of all my purchased items. Unfortunately, this process is far from perfect. Some items still disappear and sometimes, it seems that the vendor has repurposed the item number and a different item is on the page.

So my goal is to have procmail trigger a process when I receive an order confirmation from ebay, go and retrieve the relevant page then send it as an email so that I have a permanent record of the complete info of that page from close to the time that I placed the order.

I imagine that it might be useful for other purposes too. And I recall hearing that Stalman would read webpages by emailing them to himself. Presumably that was text-only though.


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