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Old 10-27-2009, 02:43 PM   #1
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why doesnt have tar balls?

they make you download every tar for every package individually and that will take a small infinity.
why dont they have all the packages in a tarball?
Old 10-27-2009, 03:06 PM   #2
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Have you asked them? It's not too likely that anyone on this forum who reads your post will be in a position to actually do anything about it. If you just want to vent, then that's OK, but eventually Pix or some other moderator will make a comment if you do it too often. Send them an email and see if they have something else you can use.
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They used to until they modularized X. Just use the ftp site and the 'everything' directory to download all the bz2 or gz packages. wget (and others) will accept * as a wildcard when using ftp sites. Then you can issue one command and wait. Probably wouldn't be any faster than this to download if it was all in one tarball.
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'selective' downloads. If you need one piece then why download the whole pie?


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