By Gary Zellerbach on May 15, 2008
Soon after releasing our new download system, we received comments that the command line download client wget (and others) no longer worked. This is a result of a new session-based security model used to protect download links from being copied and re-used (which could circumvent numerous Legal requirements necessary to authorize a download).
We have implemented a work-around now, so I just wanted to put this quick note out there to increase awareness of its availability. If you'd like to use wget or similar tools with Sun Download Center, please review the work-around, posted on our new Downloads FAQ Wiki.
Sorry for any inconvenience this has caused -- it was one of those unintended consequences. We believe we have a solution for it and will implement it as soon as we can. In the meantime, I'm pleased we could at least offer a temporary fix.
Get the work-around script here: Using wget with the Sun Download Center