I've got the following cron job that runs at 6 am every morning:

00 6 * * * /Users/username/path/to/script/wget.pl 1;

The script, written in perl, fetches the latest files from a website.

Within the perl script, the path gets changed with:

`cd '/path/to/directory'`

However, all the files downloaded aren't getting saved to /path/to/directory they get saved in /Users/username.

What can I do to get the script to save it in the directory I want?

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Doing a `cd /path` within your script only changes the directory for the shell that is spawned to execute the shell command. It's the same thing as doing

system('cd /path');

It doesn't change the cwd (current working directory) of the script itself. The best way to do it is to have your script write the files to a specific directory. If your perl script is a straight wrapper for wget, you can do away with the perl script and do something along the lines of:

wget -O /full/path/to/file http://host/url/here

If you want to do this within perl (example idea, not tested)...

use LWP::Simple qw(get);
my $url = 'http://host/url/here';
my $result = get $url;
open(my $fh, ">", "/path/to/file");
print $fh $result;

One final option (again not tested)...

00 6 * * * cd /path/you/want;/Users/username/path/to/script/wget.pl 1;
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    Ok, I ended up using the --directory-prefix option for wget to get this to work.
    – StevieD
    Commented Feb 3, 2016 at 22:28

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