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Old 09-08-2005, 04:20 AM   #1
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large file download problems


I am trying to download the Knoppix 4.0 DVD, which is listed as 3246396 KB

The download manager in Galeon or Firefox reports the file size as 2048MB - and stops at that point. I can't seem to download the full file!

Is there any reason why this should happen - filesystem is ext3? The other partition is FAT32 with Windows, but ext3 should be OK for big files unless the FAT32 on the other partition has some relevance. I am using Mandrake(Mandriva) 2005LE.

Any ideas?

Jim
 
Old 09-08-2005, 04:53 AM   #2
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I don't think that your file system is the problem, but rather Galeon/Firefox, which seem to treat the file size as a signed 32-bit Integer => the maximum file size for them is 2^31 - 1 which is about 2 GiB.
 
Old 09-08-2005, 05:09 AM   #3
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Thanks, sounds possible - So what do I do about it? Use an ftp client, or another browser? How do you download big files, and why doesn't Mozilla recognise big files - after all, 2 GB is large, but not unusual?

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Old 09-09-2005, 03:42 AM   #4
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Thanks.

I used an ftp client, worked fine. Interesting "feature", the browsers only supporting 2GB filesize!

Jim
 
Old 09-09-2005, 04:12 AM   #5
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As an alternative you could buy a 64-bit processor; the browsers for that platform will probably be able to download files larger than 2 GiB But you're right, it's very shortsighted to restrict file size.
 
Old 09-09-2005, 06:59 AM   #6
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You can always try BitTorrent.
 
  


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