Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 328521
Wget does not return proper exit status when using -r or --mirror
Last modified: 2008-01-22 08:57:02 EST
+++ 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)
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
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)
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.