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Metalink wget download script

Chuck Edwards | | December 23, 2009

Looking for a simpler way to download from the new Metalink?  Oracle has replaced the ftp site with http downloads using wget.  

If you’re looking for a simple way to use wget without all of that cutting-and-pasting from the web site, you can use a simple script like this:

#!/bin/bash # Program:  download.sh # Description:  Download Oracle patches from Metalink

PROGRAM=`basename $0` USAGE="Usage:  $PROGRAM [ patch file ]" [ $# -lt 1 ] && echo $USAGE && exit 1 patch=$1 username=$METAUSER password=$METAPASS URL="http://updates.oracle.com/Orion/Download/download_patch/$patch" while [ -z $username ]; do echo -n "Enter metalink username: " read username done while [ -z $password ]; do echo -n "Enter metalink password: " stty -echo read password stty echo done wget --http-user=$username --http-password=$password --no-check-certificate   --output-document=$patch $URL exit

It’s pretty basic, so you can add error checking or more sophisticated wget options as you like.  The only thing you need is the full name of the patch zip file and your Metalink credentials:

$ download.sh ;

You can export your Metalink username and password to the variables $METAUSER and $METAPASS, respectively, or the script will prompt you for both. Let me know how this works for you, or if you have a better option – I’m sure there are plenty out there.

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