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I'm trying to download a zipball of a git repo:



This works fine in a web browser but on unix the file gets a weird do I do this?

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When you say weird name, what do you mean?

This should however just be a ZIP-file. It just doesn't have the extension.

You can check this with the following command:

file master

You can unzip it with this command:

unzip master
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master isnt the name of the final zipfile, its a redirect. – Sirch May 16 '12 at 10:54
I know, but I don't know what it's going to be, so I use master here. Nonetheless, it'll be a ZIP-file. – Bart De Vos May 16 '12 at 11:02

You also get a 'weird name' in your web browser, the server is redirecting you from

to somewhere on, are you saying that wget isnt following these redirects? Can you paste the output, and show the results of wget, with an ls -l.

If you want to make sure that the downloaded file has another name, use the -O option.

wget -O
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Try the following command:

git archive --remote=git:// HEAD:path/to/directory filename


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