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       snarf - Simple Non-interactive All-purpose Resource Fetcher


       snarf [-avqprzm] URL [outfile] ...


       Retrieves data from a variety of protocols, namely http, ftp, and gopher.


       snarf  is  invoked  with  any number of URLs and outfiles. If an outfile is not specified,
       snarf preserves the remote file name when saving.

       For example, snarf will retrieve the file  ``face.gif''
       to  the  local  system.  In the event that there is no filename (the url ends in a slash),
       the data is retrieved and stored in the file index.html for http  URLs,  ftpindex.txt  for
       ftp URLs, or gopherindex.txt for gopher URLs.

       Using  a dash, "-", as the outfile causes snarf to send its output to stdout rather than a

       To log in to an ftp server or website that requires  a  username  and  password,  use  the
       syntax If you omit the password, you will be prompted
       for it.

       Snarf has a built-in option to download the latest version of  itself;  simply  run  snarf

       -a     Causes  snarf  to use "active" ftp. By default, snarf uses passive ftp, and, if the
              server does not support it, falls back to active ftp.  Using  the  -a  option  will
              avoid the initial passive attempt.

       -r     Resumes  an  interrupted  ftp or http transfer by checking if there is a local file
              with the same name as the remote file, and starting the transfer at the end of  the
              local  file and continuing until finished. This option only works with HTTP servers
              that understand HTTP/1.1 and ftp servers that support the REST command. snarf  uses
              this option automatically if the outfile already exists.

       -n     Don't resume; ignore the outfile if it exists and re-transfer it in its entirety.

       -q     Don't print progress bars.

       -p     Forces  printing  of  progress  bars.  Snarf  has a compile-time option for whether
              progress bars print by default or not. The -p option overrides the  -q  option.  In
              addition,  if  progress  bars  are  enabled  by default, snarf suppresses them when
              standard output is not a terminal. Using -p will override this behavior.

       -v     Prints all messages that come from the server to stderr.

       -z     Send a user-agent string similar to what Netscape Navigator 4.0 uses.

       -m     Send a user-agent string similar to what Microsoft Internet Explorer uses.

       Each option only affects the URL that immediately follows it. To have an option affect all
       URLs that follow it, use an uppercase letter for the option, e.g. -Q instead of -q.


       Snarf  checks  several  environment  variables  when  deciding what to use for a proxy. It
       checks a service-specific variable first, then SNARF_PROXY, then PROXY.

       The service-specific variables are HTTP_PROXY, FTP_PROXY, and GOPHER_PROXY.

       Snarf also checks the SNARF_HTTP_USER_AGENT environment variable  and  will  use  it  when
       reporting  its  user-agent  string to an HTTP server. In the same spirit, it also uses the
       SNARF_HTTP_REFERER environment variable to spoof a Referer to the web server.


       Bugs? What bugs? If you find 'em, report 'em.


       Copyright (C) 2000 Zachary Beane (

                                           17 Jun 2000                                   snarf(1)