I probably wasn't very clear in my original post that it was actually the hdlist.cz files that I was after rather than rpm files - it is these that take the bulk of the time to download at the moment.
Anyway I found them in /var/lib/urpmi and have copied them onto a FAT32 partition for safe keeping.... though whether of course I can manage to get them to work when the need arises isn't yet clear to me.......
Easy urpmi creates console commands such as
for which, in man I see
urpmi.addmedia [options] <name> ftp://<login>:<pass>@<host>/<path>
[with <relative path of synthesis|hdlist>]
The same as for http, just add your login and user if required
(Note that you needn't to specify anonymous as login for anony-
mous access ftp servers).
Note that if wget is used to download files with a firewall you
may have to add passive_ftp=on option to /etc/wgetrc.
eg: urpmi.addmedia ftp ftp://a:a@leia//export/media/main with
So I'm a little confused - can I add a local path to hdlist ? how do I define it ? what syntax should I use ? Or does the term 'relative' just mean relative within the ftp site (as it would - I think - in HTML), and that urmpi.addmedia will always
download the hdlist.cz from the ftp site?