I am trying to download flareget download manager via wget I get error

wget  http://www.flareget.com/files/flareget/debs/amd64/flareget_2.3-24_amd64(stable)_deb.tar.gz
bash: syntax error near unexpected token `('

Why is that error coming and what is the solution for that?

  • I received the same error while attempting to unzip a file that was password protected. The password had a parenthesis in it. I ended up having to use both double and single quotes to avoid the error. Example: mypass="'HWNevtQW9o2s)f'" unzip -P $mypass myfile Mar 20 '19 at 18:13

You should use single quotes ' or double quotes " around the URL in this case (and in general):

wget  'http://www.flareget.com/files/flareget/debs/amd64/flareget_2.3-24_amd64(stable)_deb.tar.gz'

From now, you should use this method in general when you use a string which contain parentheses as argument in a command. That is because parentheses are used for grouping by the shell such that they are not communicated in any way to a command. So, the bash shell will give you a syntax error:

$ echo some (parentheses)
bash: syntax error near unexpected token `('
$ echo 'some (parentheses)'
some (parentheses)
  • Thank you ! This is work for me!
    – linjiejun
    Mar 22 '21 at 8:07

It's because of the brackets. You need to escape them like this:

wget  http://www.flareget.com/files/flareget/debs/amd64/flareget_2.3-24_amd64\(stable\)_deb.tar.gz

Now it should work.


Mine had nothing to do with un-escaped brackets and everything to do with a bash function defined twice.

In one file:

foo() {
    # Do something

In another file:

foo() {
    # Do something else

And both of these functions were sourced by my ~.bashrc, giving me the unhelpful error message:

syntax error near unexpected token (

  • That is surprising. Are you sure it was two functions, and not, say, an alias and a function?
    – muru
    Nov 29 '21 at 2:17
  • Yes indeed. My apologies. It was an alias an a function called the same thing, defined to do the exact same thing!
    – Andy J
    Nov 30 '21 at 0:57

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