download problems

Jude DaShiell jdashiel at
Wed Apr 10 03:08:46 UTC 2013

The impossibility happens because depending on which files from which 
site those get obtained, md5sum and similar files may not even be 
available.  If those were standard across the web, it would be possible 
to download stuff from Microsoft onto a Linux box with perfect 
confidence for later transfer to DVD and then onto a windows machine.

On Tue, 9 Apr 2013, Tony Baechler wrote:

> Perhaps I'm missing something here, but what's impossible about it?  With
> wget, it checks the size sent by the http server, so it should tell you if the
> download is incomplete.  As you probably know, md5sum is standard on any Linux
> installation, so just run md5sum on the downloaded file.  This could be done
> with a script.  You would somehow have to get the correct md5 checksum by hand
> or put it in a file, but it's easy enough to tell with manual inspection
> whether they match or not.  Also, wget can resume broken downloads in most
> cases.  I know curl and ncftp can as well.  Regarding GPG, just use "gpg
> --verify" to verify the download provided that you have the GPG signature.
> Again, that could be done with a script which first calls wget to download the
> file.  All of this is unnecessary if you download by hand from the ftp site I
> mentioned.
> On 4/9/2013 3:17 AM, Jude DaShiell wrote:
> > wget has limited correction capacity when files don't completely
> > download.  I'd like to find software which could take advantage of gpg
> > md5sum and the like to check a local download instance to ensure
> > correctness before giving up on the download but have been informed such
> > software is an impossibility.
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jude <jdashiel at>
Microsoft, windows is accessible. why do blind people need screen readers?

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