[thelist] site downloading tool

Madhu Menon webguru at vsnl.net
Tue Oct 30 15:36:41 CST 2001

At 02:09 AM 10/31/2001, you wrote:
>I know this has been discussed, but not sure what to search for in the
>archives. I'm looking for a tool to download an entire site from the net.
>Yes, I have only honourable intentions :-)


Downloadable at: 

Pretty good tool and lots of options. I use it regularly.

and then muinar asked:

>Is there a way to *prevent* users from downloading all files at once
>for unhonorable intentions?

Short answer: NO
Longer answer: You *could* do nasty things like throttle bandwidth so that 
a user can't use more than, say 4K/second. But you can't block him out. 
WinHTTrack, for example, lets you specify which browser you want to pretend 
to be, so even browser detection/blocking scripts are useless.

Like others have written, if it's up there, it can be taken.

Lastly, Chris George wrote:
>Of course, you need to know their IP.  One time, because they were trying to
>get sneaky and use dialup (dhcp, different IP every time) so we had to block
>an entire subnet. :-/  Not at all elegant, but necessary.

Gosh, are you nuts? If it's so darn secret, why put it up in the first 
place? Are you going to block out AOL next? If you block an entire subnet, 
you could be blocking legitimate users and potential customers. Why do that?


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