iso size in torrent differs 40mb from description

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iso size in torrent differs 40mb from description

Postby saneks » Mon Dec 03, 2012 7:25 pm

just torrenting the new 14.1 release. however, in the torrent it says it downloads 921.7MB for cinnamon-dvd. the info on the download page says it is just 879MB size. - am I downloading something dodgy now?
the regular download links give me a 879MB file with the same filename. what is going on?

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Re: iso size in torrent differs 40mb from description

Postby zerozero » Mon Dec 03, 2012 7:48 pm

by the size you are saying (879MB) it informs in the official page i assume you are talking about mint 14.1 cinnamon 32bit http://www.linuxmint.com/edition.php?id=117
Q- where are you d/ling the torrent from?
when it finishes you should check the MD5, the MD5 of that iso is

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2165308eaf7b14ae75369ffaaffafe07
anything slightly different is not good
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Re: iso size in torrent differs 40mb from description

Postby saneks » Mon Dec 03, 2012 8:14 pm

from the torrent that is linked on the mint website. had 28 sources.

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Re: iso size in torrent differs 40mb from description

Postby xenopeek » Sun Dec 09, 2012 11:42 am

Check the md5sum. To do that, open a terminal on the directory where you have downloaded the ISO and run:

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md5sum linuxmint-14.1-cinnamon-dvd-32-bit.iso

Compare the output with the one on the download page, which zerozero has copied above.

Also note that on the website, though it says the file size is "879MB" it should actually say "879MiB". Your file browser, with which you probably looked up the size of the downloaded file, may either show the size of a file in MB units or in MiB units. The difference is that 1 MB = 1,000,000 bytes (1000 ^ 2) and 1 MiB = 1048576 bytes (1024 ^ 2). Though this doesn't explain the difference in size you saw, it makes it clear that unless you have the exact byte count you can't really depend on checking a file by size like this. Compare the md5sum and know for sure.
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