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Self healing Debian ISO downloads with multiple fallback URLs (mirrors & checksums)


I've posted about this before, but Metalinks are available for Debian
4.0 ISOs now thanks to Manuel @ ftp.iasi.roedu.net. Metalinks contain
checksums, mirror lists, and other metadata in an XML format. They're
used by around 13 download programs such as download managers.

http://download.packages.ro/metalink/debian/collections/ (Collection
metalinks contain all the ISOs for an architecture).

The best metalink client is aria2 (apt-get install aria2,
http://aria2.sourceforge.net/ ) because it uses the chunk checksums to
repair files. Nightly builds (use at own risk) of DownThemAll!, a
Firefox extension, are convenient but only check full file checksums
and can't repair downloads.
In this screenshot, the icon/logo, description, publisher, license,
OS/arch, & other info are taken from the metalink.

(( Anthony Bryan ... Metalink [ http://www.metalinker.org ]
 )) Easier, More Reliable, Self Healing Downloads

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