Bug 328521

Summary: Wget does not return proper exit status when using -r or --mirror
Product: [Fedora] Fedora Reporter: Victor Gregorio <contactvictorg>
Component: wgetAssignee: Karsten Hopp <karsten>
Status: CLOSED NOTABUG QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance <extras-qa>
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Description Victor Gregorio 2007-10-11 21:05:21 UTC
+++ This bug was initially created as a clone of Bug #328441 +++

Description of problem:

If wget is used with -r or --mirror, the exit status is always 0.  
Even is there is an error.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

Fedora release 7 (Moonshine)
Wget RPM: wget-1.10.2-15.fc7.src.rpm
Wget Version: GNU Wget 1.10.2 (Red Hat modified)

How reproducible:

Bug occurs every time a wget with -r or --mirror results in 'Connection
refused', a 404 Error or a 401 Error.

Steps to Reproduce:

1. Assuming no HTTP server is running on localhost.localdomain port 80...

2. wget --quiet http://localhost.localdomain/ ; echo "Exit status: $?"
Exit status: 1

3. wget -r --quiet http://localhost.localdomain/ ; echo "Exit status: $?"
Exit status: 0

4. wget --mirror --quiet http://localhost.localdomain/ ; echo "Exit status: $?"
Exit status: 0

Additional info:

Also seen on RedHat RHAS 4u5 x86_64
Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS release 4 (Nahant Update 5)
wget-1.10.2-0.40E -- GNU Wget 1.10.2 (Red Hat modified)

Comment 1 Karsten Hopp 2008-01-22 13:57:02 UTC
This is related to the exit status discussion at

- The first attempt is trying to download a single file (the index file). This is
  no available -> failure
- the other attempts try to mirror a website, there's nothing to download -> success

According to Micah Cowan's explanation this is the expected and intended behaviour.