On Wednesday 13 December 2006 05:14, Rajko M. wrote:
Commercial applications that offer empty shell wave with features and lack details. One (not so good) screenshot and few links to clients is not enough to present one technical idea.
The proposition that it offers empty shell wave features is completely unjustified. It quite clearly claims *what* it offers and how. Whether it delivers on all of the points is perhaps questionable for you, but it's emphatically clear that it does deliver on some of them.
The problem that you don't want to see is that the number of successes doesn't prove that implementation is good, and one failure proves opposite. It works the same as with software bugs.
Currently this is down to the incomplete implementation in aria2, granted. But your conclusion doesn't follow. If it works for hundreds of people then it is most certainly a decent implementation, but not a perfect one. So currently, we make do, and use rsync if there are any errors. You might not like it, hundreds of other people don't mind, if it's the way to go for the time-being.
The wget works fine in normal traffic. It can fail if server (any on the road from source to destination) fails, and that should be covered with metalinks.
That's the job of the client, and it's being implemented into aria2 as we speak I believe.
The rsync should not be necessary. It is proof that either metalink concept or implementation is not good in all details.
I completely agree, and it's the implementation isn't perfect yet. That doesn't mean it's not decent.
BTW, I an use rsync alone and skip any repair.
Which leaves you with (i) looking through some 51 mirrors to find a fast one, or (ii) dealing with an incredibly low download speed. Not a solution in my opinion, for release time.
The Fedora, #suse and any size of positive comments will not help to convince any carefull reader. I can see only black box that sometimes fails on one of it's important features and no one can tell why.
I'm not convinced that it's a black box: everything that's done is quite open. aria2 is free software, and metalinks is an idea quite freely available. There's also a difference between a "careful reader" and a "cautious reader". A careful reader will notice that the description doesn't provide enough information (if it doesn't), but it's the cautious reader that goes the extra step.
Anyhow, at the moment I think, considering all the flaws of the current implementation, it's still hands-down the top method I'd use. I explained why. Fastest ever download speeds, and if you use rsync it's always guaranteed. Again, not perfect, but still very very good for me. Considering I'd perhaps only ever have to do rsync 1 in 100 times.
I would like that metalinks works perfectly and to be what web site is promising, fine complement to present file transfer options that we have right now. The speed improvement is fine, but now developers have to see why it failed and how to skip rsync phase in the future.