I have successfully downloaded the whole nt BLAST database into the current folder using:

wget -b "ftp://ftp.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/blast/db/nt.??.tar.gz" 

However, I would like to download it in a specific folder, e.g. output/

I have tried:

wget -b "ftp://ftp.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/blast/db/nt.??.tar.gz"  -O output/

but it does not work. Nothing happens. My 'wget-log' is empty.

I could move to that folder and download it there but I would like to remain in the same working directory.



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-O is to specify the name of the output file. You want the -P option.

So, from your example

wget -b "ftp://ftp.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/blast/db/nt.??.tar.gz" -P output/

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