Re: offline documentation package

From: Mary Haley <haley_at_nyahnyahspammersnyahnyah>
Date: Mon, 28 Sep 2009 10:21:56 -0600 (MDT)

Hi folks,

There sure seem to be a number of different ways to invoke "wget".

Rob Nichols came up with a suggestion, but sent it offline because he
was worried about hammering the NCL website too hard. If you do use
this method, please be aware of this issue.

His suggestion (quoting directly from his email):

   ...the wget approach worked rather well, style-sheets and all.
   Here's what I did:

    wget --recursive --no-clobber --page-requisites --convert-links \
         --domains --limit-rate=20K --no-parent \

    The "--limit-rate=30K" flag isn't necessary but it keeps me from
    hammering your web server too hard.

There's still the issue with absolute versus relative links, however.

[Thanks for sending this, Rob.]


On Fri, Sep 25, 2009 at 3:24 PM, Mary Haley <> wrote
> Hi  Rob,
> We've gotten a few requests like this in the past, but not really
> enough to warrant doing something like this on a regular basis.
> I don't know much about using wget to pull down web documentation,
> but it seems like you could automate this somehow? (Maybe somebody
> else can jump in here.)
> Our website depends on styles sheets, so you would need to
> have this set up at your end to work, I think.
> You can try it:
>    ftp
>    <log in as "anonymous">
>    <Use email address as password>
>    cd /pub/scd/haley
>    get  NclDocument.tar.gz
>    quit
> --Mary
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
> Mary Haley haley _at_
> 1850 Table Mesa Dr
> Boulder, CO  80305
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
> On Thu, 24 Sep 2009, Rob Nicholas wrote:
>> Hey NCL developers,
>> Would you consider providing an "offline" version of the web-based NCL
>> documentation?  I often find myself working somewhere with sketchy or
>> non-existent internet access (thanks to the fact that NCL works so
>> well on my Mac laptop) but wanting to look up things like function
>> syntax or a plotting example.
>> Something as simple as a regularly-updated tarball containing
>> everything under (excluding the
>> external NCAR Graphics, PyNGL, and PyNIO stuff) would do the trick.  I
>> know I could accomplish this myself by pulling everything down with
>> wget, but this is less than ideal.
>> [If other NCL users would also find an offline version of the
>> documentation useful, please weigh in here (or contact the developers
>> directly) to indicate your support.]
>> Thanks,
>> Rob
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