SUMMARY: offline Web browsing

From: Fernando Frota Redigolo (
Date: Thu Aug 15 1996 - 09:46:03 CDT

Hi, everyone,
I had posted a question regarding solaris programs that could retrieve
some WWW pages so that I could browse them offline. The most interesting
solution I have found is using webcopy, a perl script that can retrieve
pages and the links they refer to. I have downloaded it, but didn't have
time to use it yet. Its home page can be found at Thanks to Martin Li <> and
Jochen Bern <bern@TI.Uni-Trier.DE>.

Detlev Habicht <> suggested looking at
VisualWeb (, but there is no unix
version of it yet.

Some people suggested writing customized perl script for doing that. Raju
Krishnamurthy <> suggested me writing a perl script using
a library called lib-www. Mark `Hex' Hershberger <>
suggested using the lwp library; he's given an interesting example:

> You could write a perl script using the lwp library. For example, I like
> to read comics online, but it is a real waste of time if I have to go to
> every site and wait for them to download. So, I've written a script that
> downloads the comics everyday (in a cron job) and creates a web page with
> them all on it for me to read. I can let you have a copy if you want. It
> will give you an idea of what you want to do.

My original question was:

> Hi, everyone,
> I'm looking for a program which can retrieve several WWW pages (e.g.
> all pages under, so that I can browse them
> offline and/or even print them. I've heard about programs like that for
> Windows, but none for solaris or unix in general). Does anyone know a
> program like this ?

Many thanks for all who took the time to respond !


Fernando Frota Redigolo
Systems Administrator
Laboratorio de Arquitetura e Redes de Computadores LARC - EPUSP

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