My awesome download manager

Since Liferea in more recent versions requires a download manager (it does not attempt to deal with the constant “new” podcast downloads on broken RSS feeds), I tried a few different ones. None of them worked. The best of a bad bunch was uGet, but that still often got stuck on a busy loop, forgot where to download, failed to handle duplicates etc.

I realised that in fact the best option was this marvellous piece of engineering:



readonly LOG_FILE="/var/tmp/download.log"
touch $LOG_FILE
exec 1>>$LOG_FILE
exec 2>&1

#set -x

if grep "$1" ~/.downloaded >/dev/null; then
	echo "$(date): skipping $1"
	exit 0

echo "$(date): downloading $1"

echo "$1" >>~/.downloaded

cd $my_download_dir

curl -RksSLJO "$1" 

Not exactly stunning but it works.