Paul King wrote the following on Thursday, September 01, 2011 11:00 PM
> I am new to this list, and have noticed a number of problems with the
> download and configuration. The biggest problem is the download right
> When the download returned an "incomplete" error, the overall progress
> on the title bar showed 128% (yes, really) and 100% for the current
> package; and the packae that it was working on was, I think, "zint".
> This is on the second attempt. On the first attempt, it was
> downloading zsh while the overall progress bar still registered 0%.
> Since I noticed that the packages are downloaded in alphabetical order,
> the download seems to always crap out near the end, asking me to start
> from the beginning. Very frustrating. This is literally a waste of
> hours of work.
> Checking both setup logs, there was no actual error message recorded
> both times. But it does say where it offered me a dialog box, 7 hours
> into the download, saying that the download was incomplete.
> The best thing to do is to find where it has a comprehensive list of
> what I chose, and then download whatever comes after, in the same
> directory structure.
The following is a work around. Not elegant, but it might work for you.
Long ago, in the days of dialup, I occasionally had similar problems
when attempting large downloads with setup. My solution was two-fold.
(1) I didn't download everything at once. I'd download just a few
packages at a time.
(2) I split up download and install. I'd do the "download only"s and
then do the install.
Note that when setup gives the error messages, I believe that the previous
packages are downloaded. Check. If they are, you don't have to download
everything during your next try.
Also note that I found at that time that sometimes setup got a package
totally download but hung on renaming the temporary file to tar.bz2
(though it was probably tar.gz back then). If you find a misnamed file
in the directory, try renaming it and see if that will install. If it
is incomplete, setup will refuse and complain.
As I said, that was years ago. No promises.
Disclaimer: Statements made herein are not made on behalf of NIAID.