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As @Navern suggested, I put my whole command in to a bash script, then ran the bash script from cron. And, of course, an absolute path was necessary.


You will have to instruct wget to write to STDOUT, you do this by passing -O - to wget, otherwise it will save the file to disk. tar is failing because as executed it's expecting something from STDIN. This should work: wget -q -O - "https://download-of-large-file-here.tar.gz" | tar xz & Where -q suppresses the default progress information from STDOUT ...

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