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Re: setup Bug (?) in downloading from internet

On Sun, Apr 28, 2002 at 09:47:14PM +1000, Robert Collins wrote:
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Sam Edge [] 
> > Sent: Sunday, April 28, 2002 9:32 PM
> > > So use a mirroring tool! Setup.exe is -not- designed for this.
> > 
> > Surely if setup.exe isn't designed with at least a nod to 
> > this way of working why does it have "download from Internet" 
> > and "install from local directory" options, instead of just 
> > instisting on connecting to a server every time?
> It's designed to allow an off-line mode, as opposed to having spare
> copies of potentially desired pacakges around. The redownloading
> behaviour is a result of a kludge to allow deliberate redownloading of
> packages in 'download only' mode.

Why is the redownloading a "good thing" in case of download only
mode?  If I want to redownload something, I could just remove it
and then say to download it again.

> If we remove that, then packages won't
> get downloaded again and again and again - but setup will be no more
> suited to being a mirroring tool. 

The "no more suited to being a mirroring tool" really confuses
me!  How is redownloading good for a mirror tool?  The only case
I can see to redownload a certain file is when the time of the
file has changed (or the size).  If it *looks* the same, don't
download it again.

The only file that really should need that, afaik, is setup.ini,
and I think you download that anyway?

> > > If you
> > > want a setup.ini parsing mirroring tool, take me up on my offer to 
> > > help someone leverage the setup.ini codebase to build a mirroring 
> > > tool.

Why do you even need to parse setup.ini to be able to mirror

Using something as wget should work, I just didn't try it yet.


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