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Re: change in wget logfile behavior

[revisiting this thread]

On 03/29/2017 08:45 PM, Eric Blake wrote:
> On 03/29/2017 08:30 PM, Andrew Schulman wrote:
>> Recently, I guess since wget was upgraded to 1.19, whenever I run wget I get a
>> bonus message on the console:
>>   Redirecting output to ‘wget-log’.
>> And sure enough, wget creates the file ~/wget-log, which is usually empty.

I didn't see anything in NEWS, but the git log includes:

commit dd5c549f6af8e1143e1a6ef66725eea4bcd9ad50
Author: losgrandes <>
Date:   Fri Oct 21 17:12:58 2016 +0200

    Fixes #45790: wget prints it's progress even when background

    * src/log.c: Use tcgetpgrp(STDIN_FILENO) != getpgrp() to determine
when to print to STD* or logfile.
      Deprecate log_request_redirect_output function.
      Use different file handles for STD* and logfile, to easily switch
between them when changing fg/bg.

I didn't do anything special for the just-built 1.19.1-2 released today,
but if you are still seeing the issue, is it only when you run 'wget
...&' in the background, or always?  Could it be an issue with cygwin's

>> This behavior is annoying, and new. It can be worked around by putting 
>> logfile = /dev/stderr
>> in /etc/wgetrc.

I'm afraid that doing that may violate the intention of what was
supposed to be a fix. You may also want to raise the issue upstream.

Eric Blake, Principal Software Engineer
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