download problems

Tony Baechler tony at
Wed Apr 10 08:50:46 UTC 2013

Ah, I see what you mean.  I was only talking about files from SourceForge. 
Yes, in most cases, you're right that checksums aren't available.  The only 
thing you could do is download the file twice and use a diff utility to 
compare them and see if they're identical.

One thing that might help to avoid file transfer problems is the use of 
rsync.  It does make sure that what you're downloading is identical to 
what's on the host system, so you could use rsync to transfer from your 
remote shell account to your local machine, assuming you aren't on dial-up. 
  BitTorrent is another possible option because it makes sure you have all 
of the pieces and the checksums match.\

On 4/9/2013 8:08 PM, Jude DaShiell wrote:
> 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.

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