Download failure

Gene Heskett gene.heskett at
Sun Feb 28 19:55:32 PST 2010

On Sunday 28 February 2010, paul rogers wrote:
>Sunday afternoon, using WinXP's ftp client

You may want to try it with a real ftp client, that one isn't.  From my 
admittedly limited experience, its borked, thinks binary files are text & 
helpfully translates them to winders style line endings.

Back in NT-3.51 days, the winderz support staff I had to interface with, 
considered the ftp protocol to be nothing but a piracy aid, and wouldn't give 
me a straight answer to anything about it.  That was about 15 years ago, and 
I doubt their attitude has changed much.  The one copy of XP I ever had, I 
tried the ftp client once, and it failed, so I had to assume that as always, 
the m$ version was good only for .doc & text files.  YMMV of course.

>I downloaded everything from 
> 7.5's everything/* using mget.  All the files are corrupt, using "tar
> -tjvf ..." in some cases after showing the first file in the archive.  The
> md5sums for several I spot checked didn't match either.  In same session I
> successfully downloaded Firefox & Thunderbird source tarballs within
> Firefox browser, so some things worked.  Are you using some special
> version of gzip/bzip2, or something special for an ftp client? <br>
><br>paulgrogers at
><br>TANSTAAFL (There ain't no such thing as a free lunch)
><br>Not responsible for anything after this line.

Cheers, Gene
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