You're dropping me!

Paul Rogers paulgrogers at
Sun Dec 23 10:52:26 PST 2012

"When using wget, you can resume partial downloads, so it should not be
a problem if your connection drops.  Use the -c option."

Of course I have.  But that doesn't work.  It starts over from 0.
#man wget
           Note that -c only works with FTP servers and with HTTP
           servers that support the "Range" header.

On Sun, Dec 23, 2012, at 10:20 AM, Liam R E Quin wrote:
> On Sun, 2012-12-23 at 10:03 -0800, Paul Rogers wrote:
> >  I'm on a dialup line [...]  How can I dowload the server?
> One way is to use curl or wget to download it to a server with
> faster connection e.g. where your Web site is hosted; then use
> uuencode and split, tomake multiple files each of around a megabyte,
> and download those.

Nothing like that available.

> Another thing that may help is to run a slow ping in another window --
> e.g., ping -s24 -i3 where is the IP address of the
>     server from which you're downloading. It's always been unclear to
>     me as to why this should help, but it does seem to.

Ummm, O...K...

> If you are just after binaries and not source, you can look for
> magazines with a cd-rom (OK, DVD these days) for your operating
> system. Although you are probably after source, since almost all Linux
> and BSD systems include xorg these days.

I build from source the (B)LFS way, more or less.  Got a problem with
XOrg-7.5 errors with my MTRR making inappropriate ioctls.  Tried
server 1.7.1 & 1.8.2, libpciaccess-0.10.9 & 0.11.0.  Does it on two
different boxes.  Thought I could try 1.7.7.

> Or ask someone to send you the source on CD.

Or I could ask Santa Claus to bring it to me.

How does this fix the problem of getting dropped?

> Or take a laptop (or a blank CD or a thumb drive) to a public library.

Wanna buy me a laptop?  Why suggest unhelpful things?  Having fun now?

> Or ask your ISP why you get disconnected after a megabyte or two - it
> might be that they are doing it to prevent "illegal downloads",
> although if it doesn't hppen with other servers it seems unlikely.

It doesn't!

> Are you using ftp or http? Or SVN or GIT? Do you have enough disk
> space? What colour socks are you wearing? Are you facing North when
> you type at the computer? What error do you get exactly? From which
> URL? There's a lot you haven't told us.

http, if I've tried firefox, right?

And responding with silly suggestions isn't likely to help!
Paul Rogers
paulgrogers at
Rogers' Second Law: "Everything you do communicates."
(I do not personally endorse any additions after this line. TANSTAAFL :-)


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