Saturday, September 11, 2010

Hurry Curry with Wget and Curl

If you want to manually test that your webservers compression is working (i.e. gzip), I worked out that you can run the following.

wget --header 'Accept-Encoding: gzip,deflate'

curl -H 'Accept-Encoding: gzip,deflate'

You will end up with the a whole bunch of gobbly gue, but if you pipe it to gunzip you will see your data.

The real reason for my investigation into this, was that I was looking for a method to speed up my download process.

I think making use of 'Accept-Encoding: gzip,deflate', works and works very well.



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