It’s that time again. Time for me to try to sleep and fail miserably. But this time I only have a three hour window in which to make the attempt, so I’m considering giving up on the effort entirely. Instead, I’ll just post a bash script that downloads 4chan thread content effortlessly. It’s pretty damn handy, if you think about it. Just execute as such: 4chan <url>. It was based on this script and modified to use xargs and concurrent downloads. Without further ado, a quick hack of a quick hack.

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40  #!/bin/sh if [ "$1" = "" ]; then echo "Usage: basename$0 <4chan thread url>" exit 1 fi echo "4chan downloader" echo "Downloading until canceled or 404'd" LOC=$( echo "$1" | egrep -o '([0-9]*)$' | sed 's/\.html//g' ) echo "Downloading to$LOC" if [ ! -d $LOC ]; then mkdir$LOC fi cd $LOC while [ true ]; do TMP=mktemp /tmp/4chan.XXXXXX TMP2=mktemp /tmp/4chanm.XXXXXX WGET_CMD='wget -nv -nc' wget -O "$TMP" "$1" if [ "$?" != "0" ]; then rm $TMP$TMP2 exit 1 fi egrep '//images.4chan.org/[a-z0-9]+/src/([0-9]*).(jpg|png|gif)' "$TMP" -o | uniq > "$TMP2" sed 's|//images|http://images|g' $TMP2 >$TMP cat $TMP | xargs -P 5 -I _URL_$WGET_CMD _URL_ rm $TMP$TMP2 echo "Waiting 30 seconds befor next run" sleep 30 done;

EDIT: This guy is a real one-upper. If I were you, I’d use his insane script.