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betula 11-22-2012 05:06 AM

can't save downloaded OS

I've downloaded Stella Linux but can't get it past the Firefox downloads section. I initially got a 'unable to save due to structural fault' - something like this anyway. I can't check as left clicking on the file brings nothing usable.

Any suggestions, please? Stella has received an excellent review from Dedoimedo, by the way.

druuna 11-22-2012 05:13 AM

Which site are you using to download?

If I visit and select one of the ISO's I don't experience any problems.

betula 11-22-2012 06:45 AM

Thanks for your reply. I, too, used Coreix and selected an ISO version. Maybe it's something to do with my computer?

pixellany 11-22-2012 06:55 AM

Do you have enough disk space?

Can Firefox download other large files without problems?

betula 11-22-2012 08:49 AM

Yep, there's ample disk space. I'm not sure what a large file is, concerning Firefox anyway. I have downloaded the PcLinuxOS I'm using now without any problems. I don't watch films online, just the occasional 20min Youtube video.

The coreix download remains in the Firefox downloads. It hasn't reached the Dolphin cabinet, if that's any help.

druuna 11-22-2012 08:53 AM

Are you able to download it using anything but firefox?

Using wget from a terminal:

Substitute Stella6.3_i386.1.iso with Stella6.3_x86_64.1.iso if needed.

betula 11-22-2012 12:04 PM


Right I've downloaded Stella using Konsole and it seems to have worked. Konsole says

'Stella6.3_x86_64.1.iso' saved [1296039936/1296039936]

Where now would I find the Stella file and what would I need to do to activate it?

druuna 11-22-2012 12:32 PM

First check if the ISO isn't corrupt in any way (all done in a terminal):

$ cd /path/to/iso/
$ md5sum Stella6.3_x86_64.1.iso

The output should be checked against the content of this file: Stella6.3_x86_64.1.iso.md5sum. If it is the same you can continue (if not: retry the download. If still not the same: don't trust this source, try to get a copy elsewhere).

Burn the iso to DVD and boot from it when you are done.

This isn't a liveDVD, but an install DVD. Make sure you have one or more free partitions on your HD('s) or use a virtual machine.

betula 11-22-2012 03:29 PM

[tony@localhost ~]$ cd /path/to/iso/md5sum Stella6.3_x86_64.1.iso
bash: cd: /path/to/iso/md5sum: No such file or directory
[tony@localhost ~]$ cd
[tony@localhost ~]$ cd /path/to/iso/ md5sum Stella6.3_x86_64.1.iso
bash: cd: /path/to/iso/: No such file or directory
[tony@localhost ~]$

I've done something wrong here, I'm sure. I couldn't find anyway of putting the second line of script under the first one - without getting an answer from Konsole. So I tried running the two into one line and then into one line with a space between iso/ md5sum. As you can see neither worked.

Sorry if I'm being thick.

teckk 11-22-2012 04:56 PM


Where now would I find the Stella file
Where did you download it to?

I've done something wrong here

cd /path/to/iso/md5sum Stella6.3_x86_64.1.iso
bash: cd: /path/to/iso/md5sum: No such file or directory

You were suppose to cd (change directory) to where you put the .iso file. It was an example.

Here is another example.

sudo find / -name ls


md5sum /usr/bin/ls
3f7a65ab333105fc21f737408e5ccc78  /usr/bin/ls

Used find to locate ls, then ran a checksum on it.

yancek 11-22-2012 05:37 PM

In post # 5 you indicate you are using PCLinuxOS. Downloading with wget using PCLinuxOS, the file is saved to the /home/username directory and using firefox and probably other browsers, the default for any downloads for me has always been to /home/username/Downloads directory.

betula 11-22-2012 10:20 PM

Well, I'm sorry to say that I have to admit defeat here. I may have understood all that you have offered about 50 years ago, even though I've never been the sharpest knife in the box, but at 76 years of age I certainly can't. I'll buy a DVD of Stella instead.

Thank you all very much for your efforts. I know you have been trying to help.

best wishes

teckk 11-23-2012 12:31 PM

Don't give up, you won't learn anything that way.


find ~ -name Stella6.3_x86_64.1.iso
Then when you have found the directory that it is in.
Use cd to change into that directory. For example

cd /home/fred/downloads
Then checksum it to make sure it matches, not corrupt.

md5sum Stella6.3_x86_64.1.iso
Or specify where to download it to before you start.

Then burn the .iso to DVD. Don't copy it over.
Start using Google or Yahoo to search for answers to these problems, there are scores of answers to searches like
How to use cd command linux
How to burn DVD linux
How to use find linux

You can look at a man pge for just about any linux command.

man cd

man ls
You can search for a file on your machine with any utility that you have.
Find, kfind, gfind, catfish, locate etc. How to find a file on a machine is a basic question, and you'll have to learn how to do it regardless of the OS that you are using.
You'll also have to configure firefox for a download directory, regardless of the OS that you use. So open up the preferences in Firefox and see where download are set to go.

I'll buy a DVD of Stella instead.
You're still going to have to learn how linux works if you are going to use it.

betula 11-24-2012 07:19 AM


Thank you for your input. I'm replying using Stella so you see that your suggested commands worked well.

You have also prompted me into actually trying to understand what I'm doing when using Linux. You see, a main problem of old age is loss of memory, the main constituent of intelligence. This problem has been troubling me for some time and, as it is now known that exercising the memory is beneficial for old people, what better way for me than to try to learn Linux?

I'll hunt the Web for beginners lessons or somthing similar and take it from there. Perhaps you or one of the other posters have a suggestion to make over this?

Thanks again.

teckk 11-24-2012 01:50 PM

There is lot's of info. One of the better places is right here on LQ.
A search for a keyword on LinuxQuestions will bring up years worth of threads with answers.

Many flavors of Linux like Arch, Ubuntu, etc. have there own forums.

Lot's of command line references.

Good luck.

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