A. I recently wanted to download a file from a Web site without using a browser, just in raw text format. I used the Telnet command to perform the operations normally performed as part of the HTTP download process, which are essentially a series of GET commands. To initiate the connection, telnet to port 80 (instead of the default port 23) of the Web site, as the following example shows:

  c:\>telnet www.savilltech.com 80   Nothing will be displayed to screen. Type the GET command in uppercase letters:

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GET /index.html (press enter twice)  </p>

The page will then be displayed in the command window, and the Telnet session will terminate. You might need to append "HTTP/1.0" at the end of the GET command (as the example below shows) depending on the Web server you're connecting to. This tells the server which version of HTTP your client understands.

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GET /index.html HTTP/1.0  </p>