I'm not nearly as technical as many of you here, but I do know some networking basics. I'll be doing some configuring of a couple of routers where there is no Internet access. I'd also like to have a local copy of the User Guide for speed and convenience. Is the wiki available to download, and if so, is it considered acceptable to download a copy of it with a web crawler or simlar? I don't want to offend, but I could really use an offline copy.
Thanks, but it's a bit more complicated than that. I don't understand a fair amount of the concepts and terminology. I'm used to FreshTomato, but there's different terminology used here. And again, I will be in areas where I will be offline for a while.
Will it cause problems if I were to run a Web crawler program on the site?
Well, so much for trying to download the site. Most pages got an nginx errro: 429 (Too Many Requests). Can I adjust settings in the web crawler to delay each download a certain period of time to prevent this or does the website just not tolerate crawlers?
Is there another way to get around this? I promise you I'll only need to download once (every few years).
And thanks for being so willing to help out. I appreciate it greatly.
I have no idea... I'm not sure how the main site is configured.
I trust you... I just don't know the technical constraints or workarounds.
And from there, we can also advise about what pages you may want to grab and/or what operations are easy/safe to perform on a 'production' device vs which ones may be more complex and cause you problems.
Another thing to remember -- you can make backups of known-good configurations. If you soft-brick your device, it's easy enough to use failsafe mode so either fix the problem or to reset to defaults (and from there, you can restore your backup). This means downtime should be minimal even if you mess up.
Sure. What I'm trying to do is understand your goals so we can help you most effectively. If you really want to just sit and read wiki articles that you scrape from the site, go for it. But keep in mind that the wiki is very very non-linear... it's not like sitting down with a networking text book. Meanwhile, you have a lot of OpenWrt experts who can help jumpstart the process here on the forum.
Sorry if I've hit a nerve here. It's rather unusual for someone to join the forum and then not accept personalized help when it is offered by the forum volunteers. I'll stop asking, but just so you know -- we can help you with the networking concepts (broadly), the terminology and nuances of those concepts within OpenWrt, and the details of configuring OpenWrt if you simply share with us what you are trying to learn and/or achieve; or at the very least, we can point you to the wiki pages that are relevant, rather than you spending the time and effort to pull the entire corpus. But it seems that you don't want to discuss any of this, so I'll just leave it alone.
Honestly, I'm not so sure. While your request isn't the first of its kind, it is a pretty uncommon one. And it certainly hasn't been one of pressing need for most of the previous requests (especially if they have some alternate on-line ability like a phone or if they know that they need a few targeted wiki articles -- make a pdf and you're good to read offline), so there haven't been any 'solutions' described on these forums, to my knowledge.