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Kizzume 06-05-2007 02:00 AM

Downloading slackware dvd iso
 
The last time I downloaded an iso, the file extension was just plain iso.

I'm trying to get the Slackware 11.0 dvd iso, and I keep running into files that end with iso.md5, or I find torrents which out of the 7 I've tried so far would take a week to download.

I've looked up the wikipedia entry and several other entries for md5. Am I to assume that it's sending the information in md5 encryption and when the file is done, it will actually have an iso extension? This probably seems extra-newbie sounding, but oh well. I just don't want to spend hours downloading this file just to find I won't be able to turn it into a dvd.

St.Jimmy 06-05-2007 02:14 AM

*.md5 is the md5 checksum for the file, used for verifying that the file isn't broken.
try ftp://slackware.cs.utah.edu/pub/slac...nstall-dvd.iso

thloh85 06-05-2007 02:18 AM

md5 is just a hash check for the whole file...
You'll have to download the ISO...
(oopz... seem that someone has posted before me)

Kizzume 06-05-2007 02:20 AM

Thanks. That makes sense.

Well, right after trying that link, I found an even faster one but I can't post a link to it because I "haven't posted any messages" because all my messages have been in the general forum.

Oh well. Rules of the board.

Kizzume 06-05-2007 02:26 AM

http://ftp.iasi.roedu.net/mirrors/ft...nstall-dvd.iso

Now that I have a post count of 1, I can link to this now.

DJ_Maiko 06-05-2007 02:29 AM

breakdown
 
Here's the full 411:
-Download the dvd iso file.
-Download & install the md5sum checker.
-Wherever you're downloading the iso file from, there should be a file with an *.md5 extension (open or download that)
-Once your iso's fully downloaded, run the md5sum checker program against the iso you just downloaded.
-Now check that hash (series of numbers & letters) vs. the md5sum from the site where you downloaded it.
-If they match verbatim, you've got a good iso image & can burn it w/no worries.

Regardless, you'll have to "spend" the time to download it & hopefully the md5sums match. If they don't, then you did, in fact, "waste" all that time downloading but at least it saves you 2 things: 1) a wasted blank dvd & 2)the headache of trying to install a "bad download" w/out you having any clue why you can't properly install it. MD5Sums are the bomb, they really do save a TON of time. 'Cuz remember, even if you download a "bad iso," it'll still be an iso & you can make a dvd out of it...it just won't work.

DJ_Maiko 06-05-2007 02:32 AM

also...
 
Quote:

Well, right after trying that link, I found an even faster one
Well, you don't have a "location" listed for your profile so St.Jimmy just gave you a link to something that was close to him or had worked for him in the past. Chances are, the one that you found, & is faster, is a server that's closer to your location.

Kizzume 06-05-2007 02:50 AM

Thanks everyone. :)

St.Jimmy 06-05-2007 03:17 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DJ_Maiko
Well, you don't have a "location" listed for your profile so St.Jimmy just gave you a link to something that was close to him or had worked for him in the past. Chances are, the one that you found, & is faster, is a server that's closer to your location.

actually, I just googled :p :study:


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