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Bug #32884 Please add an alternate download link, like Sourceforge
Submitted: 2005-04-29 07:59 UTC Modified: 2005-04-29 09:10 UTC
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From: trobinson at kgsystems dot swap-the-k-and-g dot com Assigned:
Status: Wont fix Package: Website problem
PHP Version: Irrelevant OS: any
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 [2005-04-29 07:59 UTC] trobinson at kgsystems dot swap-the-k-and-g dot com
Suggestion: On download pages, add an alternate link if the download does not start automatically.

When downloading anything, I often use a Windows browser to reach the download page, then copy the download link and paste it into a Linux terminal window like this:

   curl -O

However, downloads reveal the true path only through an HTTP Location: redirect. If I try to curl the download link I get this:

   curl -O

This doesn't work, since curl doesn't follow the redirect.

Sourceforge has lots of mirrors too, but solves my problem in a simple way. After choosing a download mirror, the download page shows something linke this:

Your download should begin shortly. If it does not, try:
   http:// (link to actual download file)

The download then starts, but I cancel it.
Then I copy the above link, and paste it into my curl command.

I realize that wget would work, but curl is more basic.
I currently grab the true download path from the HTTP header, using Firefox "Live HTTP Headers".
...Tom Robinson



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 [2005-04-29 09:10 UTC]
We will not change this - use wget as you mention, which is more clever with this and works just fine. We won't go to SourceForge way because I think that's so damned annoying (as you can't use wget there at all).
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