axel is another download tool on unix besides wget and fetch, etc. On freebsd, default downloader tool is using fetch. i’m very frustating when updating ports/installing package from ports using default downloader from freebsd. I want some tools like internet download manager like in windows. And then i found tools on UNIX who works like IDM, axel 🙂
installing axel quite simple in linux/BSD variant. on this documentation, i using FreeBSD.
installing axel :
#make install clean
axel already installed on your BSD, but you must editing /etc/make.conf if you wanna use axel as your default downloader program when you installing program via ports. open /etc/make.conf and then add these lines :
FETCH_BEFORE_ARGS = -n 4 -a
Try to installing packages via ports, and see the difference 😀