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I have script for downloading large files in a queue. Now I would really appreciate it, if I had a decent log. Specifying the -o or -a option is apparently specially made for that, however as of the time I am writing this "very large files", as the manpage states, are no longer 50m of size but rather gigabytes. --progress=dot:mega produces 1000 lines of output (plainly it will be 3000*80 dots ('.')) just for a 3GB file. So I am wondering: is there any way to customize the progress style settings, so that i can actually make use of the log feature?

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I went down a big long path of playing with modifying the wget output on the fly because I couldn't figure this out either. Then I found this debian bugreport which led me to the -e dotbytes=X option in wget. I tested this and it works with my wget-1.12:

wget blah --progress=dot -e dotbytes=10M

prints a dot for every 10M of output. You can use 1000M or whatever you like.

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I know this is a bit out of date, but just for completeness there is also a dot:giga style with wget-1.12

wget blah --progress=dot:giga

From the man page:

If "mega" is not enough then you can use the "giga" style---each dot represents 1M retrieved, there are eight dots in a cluster, and 32 dots on each line (so each line contains 32M).

This is not as flexible as the -e, --execute option, but it is a pre-packaged alternative

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