#37 Documention of --no-autopar should mention -I

Ben Eastep

using the --no-autopar option seems to also trigger a
switch from -i (download incomplete files) to -I
(complete files only) although I understand the logic
of this, it would avoid a good deal of confusion if the
man page and documentation also mentioned this


  • Matthew Mueller

    Matthew Mueller - 2005-03-18

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    --no-autopar does not set -I. The default is -I. Perhaps
    you are just seeing that when no-autopar is set, it no
    longer tries to automatically get incomplete files for extra
    recovery data? If you want to get incomplete files, you
    have to specify -i, or set complete=0 in your .ngetrc.

    If you are seeing a case where you have -i set, and
    --no-autopar overrides it somehow, then please post logs or
    something so I can see what's going on.

  • Matthew Mueller

    Matthew Mueller - 2005-03-18
    • status: open --> pending-invalid
  • Ben Eastep

    Ben Eastep - 2005-03-18

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    1) you might want to mention that -I is the default in the
    man page, I see that it is mentioned in --help, but I was
    working from the man page, which doesn't say one way or the
    other, hence my initial missunderstanding.

    2)I think this is behavior is unnecessarily confusing. When
    I run a simple nget -g <whatever> -r <stuff>, the fact is,
    incomplete files ARE downloaded (as you say, it's for par's
    use), and even if par fails to repair, the end result of the
    nget command is that partial files are present in the
    download directory. Thus, from the perspective of a simple
    user, the behavior more closely matches -i, than -I. Then
    suddenly, (from a behavior perspective, NOT a technical or
    Documentation perspective) I add a --no-autopar option, and
    suddenly partial files are not being downloaded.
    Please don't missunderstand. Irecognise that this behavior
    is technically correct, however it is confusing, and I think
    the documentation could do better at making sure the user
    understands what is going to happen. A little bit of text
    at the end of the documentation for --no-autopar saying
    something like "NOTE: with par handling disabled, partial
    files will not be downloaded unless you use the -i option"
    would just save users time and confusion.

  • Ben Eastep

    Ben Eastep - 2005-03-18
    • status: pending-invalid --> open-invalid
  • Matthew Mueller

    Matthew Mueller - 2005-03-21
    • status: open-invalid --> closed-fixed
  • Matthew Mueller

    Matthew Mueller - 2005-03-21

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    1) Good point, fixed.

    2) I've added some text to the manpage about
    autopar/incomplete interaction.

    Thanks for the report.


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