I'm trying to download some files that I assume are in a read-protected directory as pointing wget to that directory or accessing it through the browser returns a 403 error. I can however access individual files within the directory both from wget and the browser. My question is if there are any ways to download all the files from that directory? I would usually do this by passing the -r -np options to wget along with that directory, but as stated that returns a 403 error.

  • @heynnema: I would say that qualifies as an answer.
    – Fabby
    Aug 23, 2017 at 11:32

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The 403 error means you don't have permission to read at the directory level, only the file level. If this is a git or ppa, they usually provide a download link for all of the files... check the web site.

  • Hmm. While this isn't the case with my situation this is the best answer in the general case. Thank you!
    – McLemore
    Aug 23, 2017 at 15:18

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