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Use the Finder's Get Info window to track downloads Desktop
I was downloading a large disc image using ftp in the Terminal. I wasn't getting any updates in the window as to how much was downloaded etc. So I found the file in the Finder, and did a File -> Get Info on it. It showed the file size, and then the file size changed.

The Finder keeps updating the window information every time it is activated, and I am able to check the status of my downloads by keeping the window open and activating the Finder every once in a while. I am using Jaguar 10.2.8 and I don't have access to other versions right now. Pretty cool I think. I don't think OS 9 did that.
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Use the Finder's Get Info window to track downloads
Authored by: nyko on Jan 16, '04 11:05:20AM

Maybe a better solution for you would be to use ncftp ... Cool hint anyway ;-)



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Use the Finder's Get Info window to track downloads
Authored by: maguirer on Jan 16, '04 01:25:33PM

Or use yafc...



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Use the Finder's Get Info window to track downloads
Authored by: fritztoch on Jan 16, '04 01:32:49PM

How about turning on "hash" in ftp for pretty screen garbage? It shows progress is taking place, but no numbers...



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Broken (or omitted for some reason) in Panther
Authored by: tonyo on Jan 16, '04 04:03:39PM

I used to love this Jag feature, especially for preparing folders for dick imaging. Sadly, it's gone in Panther. Arg.

Tony



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hah! what happened to editing commments? :)
Authored by: tonyo on Jan 16, '04 04:06:42PM

Whups, I meant DISK imaging! :)

Now get that thing off of the copier.

Tony



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hah! what happened to editing commments? :)
Authored by: Cantus on Jan 16, '04 06:24:24PM

lol



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Use the Finder's Get Info window to track downloads
Authored by: beepotato on Jan 16, '04 05:56:09PM

" I don't think OS 9 did that."

In fact MacOS 9 (and 8, and probably System 7 too but I don't remember it well enough to be sure) did better than that: you didn't have to activate the Finder to see the file size change in the Get Info window, as the Finder updated the display regularly in the background. So you just needed to keep your Get Info window visible in the background and to keep an eye on it, no need to switch to the Finder.
I remember I found it cool.
I miss this feature in OS X (though I haven't actually checked to see if it was back in Panther).



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Nope...
Authored by: jiclark on Jan 17, '04 12:50:09AM

It's not fixed in Panther. :-{

It is probably my number one complaint about the Finder in OS X, and it's STILL not fixed!!

You can't really rely on anything the Finder says about file sizes.



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Do it within FTP!
Authored by: davidmorr on Jan 17, '04 06:20:12AM

Command line FTP has a way to tell you the progress of the file transfer without needing to look anywhere else. No, it does not tell you exactly the number of bytes transerred, but it's usually good enough.

Before you transfer a file, type

hash

This will print a # for each 1024 bytes transferred while the file is being transferred, so it's like a progress bar. You can change the number of bytes by typing

hash nnnnnn

where nnnnnn is the number of bytes a hash symbol is to represent.

See the man page for ftp for more info. There are lots of other commands too.

David



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Use the Finder's Get Info window to track downloads
Authored by: sjmills on Jan 17, '04 11:22:51PM

In OSX (10.3 at least) you can just click on the file in the Finder in a list view window and it will update the file size displayed. And if you're a keyboard geek, just make sure the file is selected and hit up-arrow-down-arrow.



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