I have several sites in Coda that I would like to automatically re-download when I tell it to. The sites are collaboratively managed, and I'd like to download a fresh copy of the sites automatically. I am open to AppleScripting, an Automator workflow, a shell script, a combination of all three, or anything else you suggest. How would I go about doing this?

Edit: Can I write a shell script to download the whole site via FTP, then copy it to my "Sites" folder and overwrite the existing data? I need to be able to do it for more than one site, so I need a way to pass in the domain name, user, password, and the directory I want it to copy to.

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    Would there happen to be a source-control system (CVS, SVN, Git, Mercurial) helping along this "collaboratively managed" website? Sep 17, 2011 at 0:31
  • @VxJasonxV No, it's a custom framework.
    – daviesgeek
    Sep 17, 2011 at 3:31
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    Good question @VxJasonxV. If you did use SVN, for example, updates would e easy, plus you get the benefit of not having your collaborators randomly overwriting your updates. It's the way to go! Sep 17, 2011 at 16:46
  • @Anthony I really just want to write an Applescript/shell script to do it. I know it can be done, I just don't have the scripting knowledge to know how to do it.
    – daviesgeek
    Sep 17, 2011 at 19:27

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You could easily use wget for this and script it any which way you like. Here's a quick example of how you could use it to download and overwrite one of your sites in one line:

wget ~/Sites/domain/ ftp://[username]:[password]@ftp.example.com/www/

So to do multiple websites you would use:

wget -P ~/Sites/ -i sites.txt

And your text file might look something like this:

ftp://username:[email protected]/www/
ftp://username:passwor[email protected]/www/
ftp://username:[email protected]/www/

From the wget man page:

Recursive download:
  -r,  --recursive          specify recursive download.
  -l,  --level=NUMBER       maximum recursion depth (inf or 0 for infinite).
       --delete-after       delete files locally after downloading them.
  -k,  --convert-links      make links in downloaded HTML or CSS point to
                            local files.
  -K,  --backup-converted   before converting file X, back up as X.orig.
  -m,  --mirror             shortcut for -N -r -l inf --no-remove-listing.
  -p,  --page-requisites    get all images, etc. needed to display HTML page.
       --strict-comments    turn on strict (SGML) handling of HTML comments.

Recursive accept/reject:
  -A,  --accept=LIST               comma-separated list of accepted extensions.
  -R,  --reject=LIST               comma-separated list of rejected extensions.
  -D,  --domains=LIST              comma-separated list of accepted domains.
       --exclude-domains=LIST      comma-separated list of rejected domains.
       --follow-ftp                follow FTP links from HTML documents.
       --follow-tags=LIST          comma-separated list of followed HTML tags.
       --ignore-tags=LIST          comma-separated list of ignored HTML tags.
  -H,  --span-hosts                go to foreign hosts when recursive.
  -L,  --relative                  follow relative links only.
  -I,  --include-directories=LIST  list of allowed directories.
  --trust-server-names             use the name specified by the redirection
                                   url last component.
  -X,  --exclude-directories=LIST  list of excluded directories.
  -np, --no-parent                 don't ascend to the parent directory.
  • Cool! How could I pass in domains, the ~/Sites/domain, users, and passwords?
    – daviesgeek
    Sep 27, 2011 at 22:52
  • You can create a text file that handles all of them. (updated answer)
    – l'L'l
    Sep 27, 2011 at 23:06
  • I don't have time right now to test this, but when I do, I'll let you know. Thanks so much!
    – daviesgeek
    Sep 28, 2011 at 0:10
  • sure. it's very simple to do what you're wanting; any changes to the syntax would be minor.
    – l'L'l
    Sep 28, 2011 at 0:16
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    @daviesgeek, when you said 'Can I write a shell script to download the whole site' I assumed you wanted all of it. Do you want just specific files, or specific folders? You can drill down into more specific directories by specifying them after the /www/ like /www/path/to/file/. Is that what you mean? I've included some wget arguments into my original answer that should help.
    – l'L'l
    Nov 8, 2011 at 12:22

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