get the latest version

mirror=ftp://somemirror.com/with/alot/versions/but/no/latest/link; latest=$(curl -l $mirror/ 2>/dev/null | grep util | tail -1); wget $mirror/$latest
to download latest version of "util", maybe insert a sort if they wont be shown in right order. curl lists all files on mirror, grep your util, tail -1 will gets the one lists on the bottom and get it with wget
Sample Output
for Sun Freeware
mirror=ftp://sunsite.informatik.rwth-aachen.de/pub/mirror/ftp.sunfreeware.com
pkg=perl
curl -l $mirror/intel/10/ 2>/dev/null | grep $pkg
perl-5.8.5-sol10-intel-local.gz
perl-5.8.7-sol10-x86-local.gz
perl-5.8.8-sol10-x86-local.gz

command above would download only perl-5.8.8-sol10-x86-local.gz

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By: peshay
2009-08-24 15:58:31

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