Downloading _big_ files: problem, and solution.
jeremy at jdli.net
Mon Nov 20 18:05:11 UTC 2006
On Monday 20 November 2006 12:54, O. Sinclair wrote:
> Renaud (Ron) Olgiati wrote:
> > I have started downloading the .iso file for burning an OS DVD.
> > Problem:
> > - The file is _BIG_ (3.4 GB) and the download takes around six days.
> > - The power supply here in Paraguay does not last that long without power
> > cuts, specially at this time of the year.
> > -When the UPS battery runs out the computer shuts down in an orderly
> > manner, closing all the progs that are running at the time.
> > -And when you close down Konqueror in the middle of a download it deletes
> > the xxx.iso.part file.
> > This already happened to me twice, each time around 1.2 GB or 30% of the
> > download;
> > AAAAAAAAARGH ! (feel better already ;-3)
> > Solution:
> > A cron job that will, every hour: cp -f xxx.iso.part xxx.iso.part.bak
> > That way at the worst I now only loose one hour's worth of download, as I
> > can cp xxx.iso.part.bak xxx.iso.part and resume the download.
> Better solution methinks;
> Either use Ktorrent if possible (will nicely resume downloading but can
> take for ever)
> or download KGet and use it as download manager, will also allow resume
> of downloads - given that the site in question allows it.
I believe that kftpgrabber will also resume transfers. I haven't tested this
because I usually use ktorrent, but I am sure someone will correct me if I am
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