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RE: download metalink articles - save target as

From: Jesse, Rich <>
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2003 11:54:49 -0800
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I think the problem may lie in MetaLink's use of the icky icky frame construct (See for explanation of why frames are bad and aren't even needed). You don't say what browser you're using, but I can guess. Toss out that virus-toting piece of dung, IEeeeeeee. Actually, keep it on your system, but make sure you have "Work Offline" checked before closing it for the last time. That way, your MS Outlook (Lookout!) mail won't be able to automatically retrieve junk off of the web when you preview or read messages. This will help keep your spam count low.

So, in Mozilla (or other Gecko variant like Firebird or perhaps even Netscape) or Opera 7.2.0, right click on the link to the article you want. In the popup menu that appears, choose "Open link in another tab" or "Open link in another window" or whatever option you have. With the link in it's own space, you should be able to figure out how to save the article locally. One thing to watch for when using this technique is that the MetaLink pages are often coded to open new links in a frame (%^$#@^&@#% frames!) from your original MetaLink window/tab, unless you right-click every link into a new window/tab. Mozilla and it's variants also offer a middle-click to automagically pop the link into a new window/tab.

These other browsers have the nice intended effect of being available on multiple platforms, so you have the ability to call up MetaLink without needing an MS Windohs box. :)


Rich Jesse                           System/Database Administrator                  Quad/Tech Inc, Sussex, WI USA

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Sent: Monday, September 22, 2003 1:45 PM To: Multiple recipients of list ORACLE-L

When I right click on a metalink article to try to save it to a local directory and use save target as - it only provides a blank file. What's the easiest way to save these files locally? I want to because sometimes the more useful ones go away.

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