Just a quick one-liner I used to download a bunch of MIDI files from an on-line listing of Chopin MIDIs:

$wget http://www.piano-midi.de/chopin.htm -q -O - \ | grep 'href=".*\.mid"' \ | sed -e 's/^.*href="$$.*$$".*$/\1/' \
| xargs -i{} wget http://www.piano-midi.de/{}

Maybe not so useful to you, but it’s a good demonstration of applying the hacker’s mentality to one of those moments where, after clicking the fourth link or so, I find myself thinking: Wouldn’t spending a few moments on a one-liner be much more fun than clicking through and saving 44 more links?

Useful or not, I am now testing timidity’s piano sound with a nice rendition of Chopin in the background whereas, without this trick, I’d still be right-click-click-saving links instead of writing this post. It’s up to you to decide whether this is actually good or bad. 😛

1. Comment by Lucas
On November 22, 2008 at 22:34

Hey, man, thanks! It worked for me 🙂

2. Comment by Rowan Rodrik
On November 22, 2008 at 23:39

Hey Lucas,

Thanks for leaving your comment, man! It’s so cool to hear that this trick ended up actually being useful to someone. 😀

3. Comment by Guru
On March 18, 2009 at 19:48

That seems a bit long winded. Much simpler would be…
wget -r -l1 -np -nc -A.mid http://www.website.com/stuff.html

4. Comment by Rowan Rodrik
On March 18, 2009 at 20:07

Thanks for illuminating me, Great Guru! 😀 Comments like yours are one of the best reasons to keep blogging. wget really is a cool tool! 🙂

Let me give you some extra link juice in exchange: Guru’s ROM Dumps (for archival purposes only)

Ok, true: I still need to install a DoFollow plugin for WordPress to unfreeze the link juice. I will, I will. Soon enough, I will. 😉

5. Comment by Rowan Rodrik
On March 18, 2009 at 20:11

Note to myself: dude, why didn’t you tag this post? 😕 You could have just copy pasted when you wrote that other post. But, on the other hand, maybe you’d have missed out on a very useful wget lesson.