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Old 11-15-2006, 10:34 AM   #1
Vitalie Ciubotaru
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A program capable to download a specific part of file?

The internet connections I use are either too low or impose limitations on the max file size to download. This is a problem when downloading large source packages (like OpenOffice or Intel C compiler). I'm thinking of a download software that can be configured to download a part of package (and save that "slice" as a separate file).
Of cource, I could find all possible downloaders that are in existence and read their documentation, but there is always someone, who can just point to the right software. I hope the smart guy will read this... ;-)


P.S.: Another question would be how to get the slices together, but I hope to cope with this by myself.
Old 11-15-2006, 10:39 AM   #2
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Not sure about specifying a part of a remote file but if you use wget, it has a resume option if it fails, etc.
Old 11-16-2006, 04:09 PM   #3
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Thank you, sir, but I am expecting to download from different computers so pause/resume option is not exacly appropriate. I really want something capable to download a part of file.
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An excerpt from curl man page:
       curl  is  a tool to transfer data from or to a server, using one of the
       supported protocols (HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, FTPS, GOPHER, DICT, TELNET, LDAP
       or FILE). The command is designed to work without user interaction

       -r/--range <range>
              (HTTP/FTP) Retrieve a byte range (i.e a partial document) from a
              HTTP/1.1 or FTP server. Ranges can be specified in a  number  of
I have not tried this, but it seems like a good bet ... cheers, makyo
Old 11-16-2006, 08:46 PM   #5
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Cool - & I always thought "curl" was something boring to do with programming .

Adding the bits together I guess could be done in opening it in a text editor which doesnt touch the code & then copy & paste or of course there are also commands I guess .

Found this nice page :


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