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How to download files automatically from https website?

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I get Zip file (containing 4 to 5 txt files) daily from a https secure website. I need to double click that zip file and save in my local disk and unzip to get the files. I want to make it automate as this is a daily process. How can I achieve this?
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Question by:GouthamAnand
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by:giltjr
ID: 24370974
under Unix you should be able to schedule a task using cron to execute the command wget https://hostname/location-of-file/file.name
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by:Tintin
ID: 24371085
Assuming your version of wget or curl has SSL support, you can do something like
#!/bin/sh
cd /download/dir
wget https://example.com/file.zip
unzip file.zip

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by:GouthamAnand
ID: 24371308
The website has username and password. I need to pass those. How can I do that?  Do I need to do anything to execute the command wget  or will it be executed(in korn shell). Once the shell script is ready successfull in downloading then I make it to run daily by scheduling.
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by:Tintin
ID: 24371348
I've updated the script to specify username/password and added some error checking.


#!/bin/sh
cd /download/dir
wget --user=username --password=yourpassword https://example.com/file.zip
 
if [ $? -eq 0 ]
then
   unzip file.zip
else
   echo "wget failed"
fi

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by:GouthamAnand
ID: 24371468
But it is giving error "wget: not found. wget failed"
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by:Tintin
ID: 24371538
What Unix/Linux flavour are you on?  

Can you install additional software if needed?

What is the result of:

which curl


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by:GouthamAnand
ID: 24371619
I am using HP-UX

I can install additional software if needed.

result fo which curl is
no curl in /u1010/...(some long path is here)


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