Advice on research on downloading files useing C

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    Advice on research on downloading files useing C

    Hello, I been looking around the internet trying to find help on how to download a file from a server useing a program written C. I have managed to do this in Java, but I have no idea how to do it in C, and I cant seem to find anything on the net. I do not want to be told how to do it, thanks but could anyone pass on some links or search terms I should be putting into google to help my research?

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    What type of server are you trying to retrieve the file from? What operating system are you working with?

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    Look into networking APIs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scoobasean
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    What type of server are you trying to retrieve the file from? What operating system are you working with?

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    Look into networking APIs.
    sorry (Is it too obvious I learnt Java first?) I'm working on Unix, and when you ask 'what type of server' I think I'm meant to answer http? I'm meant to type in a url and then the program gets the file from the site.

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    Well there are several ways of doing this, depending on how much work you're prepared (or want) to do yourself.

    For example, you could have something really simple which just drives a program like your ftp client. Or maybe a little more complex would be to use an interface provided by a library such as libcurl.
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    you might want to have a look at an app like wget for an example.
    http://www.gnu.org/software/wget/wget.html

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    If you are prepared to do everything yourself learn socket programming and read the http rfc.

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