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Old 04-29-2011, 04:52 AM   #1
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FTP Download ---Procedure and Estimating Dynamic space required


I have just downloaded Slack- 13.37 using Filezilla..I downloaded from an FTP server the entire directory of Slackware - Current (32 Bits) ..

There were some problems encountered:

1. When I selected the entire folder in FZ , the Queue size was reported as 4 GB.
2. I started downloading and after significant time , still the Queue size was reported as around 3.8 GB..I was perplexed as I have a decent bandwidth and it cannot be. To dispel my doubt , I saw the properties of the Slackware directory in which it was downloading. It showed 1.9 GB.. Is the Q size not dynamic? (Total size - Downloaded size)

3. I was on the edge of my seat as my HDD had only roughly about 4 GB ...So , the Q size was kinda misleading..In a haste , I thought I would remove 2 big installations and wiped off Openoffice as anyway I was planning to go in for libre...I moved some other files to a different partition to ensure additional space

4. At the end , early in the morning I woke up and saw it had finished ..But there was a failed transfer of 1 hidden file ..There is still 450 MB left in my partition, dont know why it got omitted.

5. Now I want to check the integrity of the download bfor burning to a DVD..Should I use md5 sum? I am not able to determine slackware size by googling...In fact I should have gone in for a pre compiled ISO instead of this directory! But it wasnt available yesterday..

6. Is there any good download manager like DAP/ Orbit / Leechget which also gives options like turning off comp after download (useful for overnight installs)...The DW helper in Mozilla is not that good ...I want a utility to split the download into 4/5 channels and speed up the download and most importantly show a graphical menu clearly showing Speed, Size, Time left , etc similar to windows DM

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Old 04-29-2011, 06:57 AM   #2
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Hi,

Your reason for downloading the Slackware '-current' tree is?

Why not just download the stable release Slackware 13.37-ISO?
 
Old 04-29-2011, 07:20 AM   #3
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Oh my God !! I just realized there is a huge misunderstanding on my part...I thought the Current is the latest release and thought would download the whole directory and burn it in a disc!! How stupid of me!!

I didnt realize this is more of a testing repo and I had downloaded the wrong set of files..

I think I had better start afresh! This is the first time I am trying to download a slack DVD ...I had bought 13.1 DVD earlier!!

Thanks Onebuck ...

Anyway, I just want to know if there is any Download Manager utility in Linux...(not the browser based ones like DownthemAll, fire or something in Mozilla) Is there a separate Graphical utility like DAP?

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Old 04-29-2011, 07:54 AM   #4
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Hi,

If your wanting to use ftp then why not just open a Gnu/Linux terminal or from console: use 'wget'.

'man wget' will get all the information. Keep it clean & simple.

If torrent then there are several clients available. Look at #220 of So you want to be a Slacker! What do I do next? for useful information.
 
  


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