I'm trying to wget a bunch of excel tables on a website. I'm trying to write a shell script to do this for me:
wget --load-cookies cookies.txt -p $url
Because of the escapes, this is just one line in the form of:
var1=value var2=value2 application ...
Which just sets the environment variables for the launched the application (but not for the shell). As you've never set the value for
$url in the current shell, it's going to be empty.