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downloads just stop

Postby jerrybee on Sat Oct 27, 2007 11:43 am

Why do downloads just stop? I've tried several times this morning to get the Mint beta 4 iso file, and part way through the d/l the process just stops. Recently I tried to d/l the new Sabayon iso (2GB) and the same thing happened. I called my ISPs tech support and they said they weren't causing it, that it was caused by the server feeding the file. What is the true reason this happens? And is there a program in Linux that will allow me to resume the download?
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Postby Husse on Sat Oct 27, 2007 1:47 pm

Well - that download stops, or just crawls ahead sometimes - that's internet...
Use wget from the terminal and you can resume the download.
How to use it? man wget man is our friend
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Postby jerrybee on Sun Oct 28, 2007 12:46 pm

Husse wrote:Well - that download stops, or just crawls ahead sometimes - that's internet...
Use wget from the terminal and you can resume the download.
How to use it? man wget man is our friend


Thanks. After I'd seen your reply, I looked through many of my Linux books and found nothing on wget.

I'd appreciate your help with a trick to transfer a long URL into the wget line in a terminal. Let's say I go to distrowatch.com, and hover the cursor over the "download info" line -- a (LONG) URL will appear at the bottom-left area of Firefox. I can write down that URL, then get into Terminal and start the wget line, then type in the URL -- but surely there's an easier way to do that. I tried the Ctrl-C and Ctrl-V copy & paste thing, but it didn't work. And of course if I move the cursor, the URL disappears, killing the chance to use Ctrl-C anyway. What's the trick?
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Postby Husse on Sun Oct 28, 2007 2:34 pm

You don't know Right click the link > copy link location?
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Postby jerrybee on Sun Oct 28, 2007 4:19 pm

Husse wrote:You don't know Right click the link > copy link location?
Piece of cake


You can't even begin to imagine what all this newbie doesn't know. Anyway, I just tried it and after figuring out the second right-click the d/l is in progress. Many thanks for your patience and help.
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