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AXEL(1)			    General Commands Manual		       AXEL(1)

       Axel - A	light download accelerator for Linux.

       axel [OPTIONS] url1 [url2] [url...]

       Axel  is	 a  program  that  downloads  a	file from a FTP	or HTTP	server
       through multiple	connection, each connection downloads its own part  of
       the file.

       Unlike most other programs, Axel	downloads all the data directly	to the
       destination file, using one single thread. It just saves	some  time  at
       the  end	 because the program doesn't have to concatenate all the down-
       loaded parts.

       One argument is required, the URL to the	file  you  want	 to  download.
       When  downloading  from FTP, the	filename may contain wildcards and the
       program will try	to resolve the full filename. Multiple	URL's  can  be
       specified  as  well  and	 the  program will use all those URL's for the
       download. Please	note that the program does not check whether the files
       are equal.

       Other options:

       --max-speed=x, -s x
	      You  can	specify	 a speed (bytes	per second) here and Axel will
	      try to keep the average speed around this	speed. Useful  if  you
	      don't want the program to	suck up	all of your bandwidth.

       --num-connections=x, -n x
	      You can specify an alternative number of connections here.

       --output=x, -o x
	      Downloaded  data will be put in a	local file with	the same name,
	      unless you specify a different name using	this option.  You  can
	      specify  a  directory as well, the program will append the file-

       --search[=x], -S[x]
	      Axel can do a search for	mirrors	 using	the
	      search  engine. This search will be done if you use this option.
	      You can specify how many different mirrors should	 be  used  for
	      the download as well.

	      The search for mirrors can be time-consuming because the program
	      tests every server's speed, and it  checks  whether  the	file's
	      still available.

       --no-proxy, -N
	      Don't  use  any  proxy server to download	the file. Not possible
	      when a transparent proxy is active somewhere, of course.

	      If you want to see more status messages, you can	use  this  op-
	      tion. Use	it more	than once if you want to see more.

       --quiet,	-q
	      No output	to stdout.

       --alternate, -a
	      This  will  show an alternate progress indicator.	A bar displays
	      the progress and status of the  different	 threads,  along  with
	      current speed and	an estimate for	the remaining download time.

       --header=x, -H x
	      Add an additional	HTTP header. This option should	be in the form
	      "Header: Value". See RFC 2616 section 4.2	and 14 for details  on
	      the format and standardized headers.

       --user-agent=x, -U x
	      Set  the	HTTP  user agent to use. Some websites serve different
	      content based upon this parameter. The default  value  will  in-
	      clude "Axel", its	version	and the	platform.

       --help, -h
	      A	brief summary of all the options.

       --version, -V
	      Get version information.

       Long  (double  dash)  options are supported only	if your	platform knows
       about the getopt_long call. If it does not (like	*BSD), only the	 short
       options can be used.

       The  program  returns 0 when the	download was succesful,	1 if something
       really went wrong and 2 if the download was interrupted.	 If  something
       else comes back,	it must	be a bug..

       axel ftp://ftp.{be,nl,uk,de}

       This will use the Belgian, Dutch, English and German mirrors
       to download a Linux 2.4.17 kernel image.

       axel -S4

       This will do a search for the linux-2.4.17.tar.bz2 file on  filesearch-	and  it'll  use	the four (if possible) fastest mirrors for the
       download.  (Possibly including

       (Of course, the commands	are a single line, but they're too long	to fit
       on one line in this page.)

       /etc/axelrc  System-wide	configuration file. Note that development ver-
       sions place this	file in	/usr/local/etc.

       ~/.axelrc Personal configuration	file

       These files are not documented in a  man-page,  but  the	 example  file
       which  comes  with the program contains enough information, I hope. The
       position	of the system-wide configuration file might be different.

       Axel is Copyright 2001-2002 Wilmer van der Gaast.

       Please	     report	    bugs	 at

       Wilmer van der Gaast. <>



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