I was just reflecting on my rtorrent slave setup, and thinking how convenient it is to be able to just drop a torrent file in a networked folder, and have an entirely different machine do the dirty work. And of course, it’s even better now that Crux is on that machine, and the network speeds are sky-high.
It’s too bad I can’t do the same trick with a standard http download link, and run something like a console download manager on the same machine. If I could paste a download link into a text file, save it in a watched directory and have another program download it for me … that would be cool.
Funny thing though, I’ve not heard of anything console-based that will do that. I remember a GTK2 download manager somewhere on gtk-apps.org, but I don’t think it really did that. And I’d prefer something console-driven … just because.
I suppose I could jury-rig something with cron and wget (or even axel), and it wouldn’t require too much effort or know-how. But that seems like using a brick to iron a shirt. Rather brutish, really.
If anyone knows of an application that might do something like that — in other words, something that might watch a directory and parse and download links dropped there — I’d be obliged. 🙂