2.6 Directory Options
- Do not create a hierarchy of directories when retrieving recursively.
With this option turned on, all files will get saved to the current
directory, without clobbering (if a name shows up more than once, the
filenames will get extensions ‘.n’).
- The opposite of ‘-nd’—create a hierarchy of directories, even if
one would not have been created otherwise. E.g. ‘wget -x
http://fly.srk.fer.hr/robots.txt’ will save the downloaded file to
- Disable generation of host-prefixed directories. By default, invoking
Wget with ‘-r http://fly.srk.fer.hr/’ will create a structure of
directories beginning with fly.srk.fer.hr/. This option disables
- Use the protocol name as a directory component of local file names. For
example, with this option, ‘wget -r http://host’ will save to
‘http/host/...’ rather than just to ‘host/...’.
- Ignore number directory components. This is useful for getting a
fine-grained control over the directory where recursive retrieval will
Take, for example, the directory at
‘ftp://ftp.xemacs.org/pub/xemacs/’. If you retrieve it with
‘-r’, it will be saved locally under
ftp.xemacs.org/pub/xemacs/. While the ‘-nH’ option can
remove the ftp.xemacs.org/ part, you are still stuck with
pub/xemacs. This is where ‘--cut-dirs’ comes in handy; it
makes Wget not “see” number remote directory components. Here
are several examples of how ‘--cut-dirs’ option works.
No options -> ftp.xemacs.org/pub/xemacs/
-nH -> pub/xemacs/
-nH --cut-dirs=1 -> xemacs/
-nH --cut-dirs=2 -> .
--cut-dirs=1 -> ftp.xemacs.org/xemacs/
If you just want to get rid of the directory structure, this option is
similar to a combination of ‘-nd’ and ‘-P’. However, unlike
‘-nd’, ‘--cut-dirs’ does not lose with subdirectories—for
instance, with ‘-nH --cut-dirs=1’, a beta/ subdirectory will
be placed to xemacs/beta, as one would expect.
- ‘-P prefix’
- Set directory prefix to prefix. The directory prefix is the
directory where all other files and subdirectories will be saved to,
i.e. the top of the retrieval tree. The default is ‘.’ (the