Download backup with `curl` or `wget`

I occasionally have need to download a backup from an instance where I can’t ssh. Pulling 2GB down over my home internet connection where claims I get almost 500Mbps down isn’t that painful, but pushing it back up a 20Mbps is.

I thought that I might be able to use curl and pass an API key to download the backup, but what it gets is a redirect in an HTML document, and trying that URL in curl ends in a “bad request.”

Is there some way to do this that I’m missing?

Yeah, sounds familiar. I made this a few years ago. Haven’t used it in a while though so I’m not sure if it still works without modifications.


Wow! My dreams (maybe) answered! Thanks, Michael. I guess I should have searched a bit harder.


Why not just SCP server to server?

It uses SSH, will allow transfers that don’t hit your local line, and is already present on every host.

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There exist Discourse instances on the planet where I have admin access, but not SSH/SCP access. :wink: