[twill] Downloading a .zip file

Avi Bar Massada barmassada at wisc.edu
Wed Feb 16 08:06:00 PST 2011

Hi Adam,

I tried to do that, but the .zip file is corrupted. I think that this is 
because the URL points to a web page with a link to the file, not to the 
file itself. Thus, the save_html just saves the web page.
In case you want to have a look, the page is here: 
(notice that it will expire in about seven hours from now).

Thanks a lot,

On 2/16/2011 9:50 AM, Adam Victor Nazareth Brandizzi wrote:
> On Wed, Feb 16, 2011 at 1:20 PM, Avi Bar Massada<barmassada at wisc.edu>  wrote:
>> Hi,
> Hi, Avi!
>> I've been using twill with a python script to automate downloads from
>> web-based databases. Until now, I only needed to fetch text files, so it was
>> pretty simple. I've been using:
>> go("web address")
>> b = twill.get_browser()
>> data = b.result.get_page()
>> Now, I'm trying to fetch data from a different website, which generates a
>> link to a .zip file. Given that I know the direct URL to the zip file, would
>> it be possible to download it directly using twill? Clicking on the link in
>> the actual page opens a download dialogue box. Is there any way to bypass it
>> and just get the file directly?
> Here I got a ZIP file with "go"
>>> go http://jsfcompref.appspot.com/faces/chapter04.zip
> and wrote it to a file using "save_html"
>>> save_html chapter04.zip
> It worked flawlessly:
> Diderot:sandbox brandizzi$ unzip chapter04.zip
> Archive:  chapter04.zip
>     creating: chapter04/web/
>    [...]
>    inflating: build.properties.sample
> Have you tried to do it?
>> Thanks!
>> Avi
> Good luck!
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