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Resuming a Broken download
Authored by: thinkyhead on Feb 13, '04 07:39:20PM

I had an issue with the UT2004 Demo download where it appeared to complete - the .download file was deleted, etc. - but it was in fact a couple of megabytes too small. I couldn't figure out how to resume the download with Safari, but I found the BitTorrent link for the demo. So I used BitTorrent to get the file and it only needed to download the missing part.

The interesting bit is that the BitTorrent client is that when the Save dialog appeared and I chose "Replace" BitTorrent did not replace the file as would be normal for a Save dialog. Instead it preserved the existing contents.

It would be nice if Safari could resume a download in the same manner. If you control-click a link and elect to Save to a destination which already exists Safari could put up a "Resume" prompt (in place of the "Replace" prompt) and finish the download.

It would be even better, of course, if Safari would simply prompt you about resuming when it discovers the file already exists. It could then prepare the .download file with the data from the existing file and carry on.

Now that I think about it, I'm sure it's possible to use wget or curl to finish a broken download of this kind. It would have been faster than BitTorrent too. Oh well, the system only going to get better!

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Resuming a Broken download
Authored by: Moonraker on Feb 14, '04 03:40:21PM

Actually this is a bug in BitTorrent v. 3.3a ( latest). If you try to resume a torrent file it will bring up the 'Replace' button but will resume as it should anyhow with the partially d/l file. But the principal of resumable d/l is a good point.



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