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Automatic mirror use and self healing downloads for ISOs


This is another post about Metalink, a format used by download
programs to get mirror information and checksums for automated use. A
number of projects use Metalink, like OpenOffice.org, openSUSE, cURL,
and many other distributions. Mirrors can have details like their
location listed, allowing downloads to be filtered by location to use
local mirrors which is more efficient. Checksums are used to
automatically verify files, along with repair information to fix
corrupted files already downloaded and downloads in progress.

There's more info on the various clients (some for every platform) at

aria2 is a good command line client (apt-get install aria2).
DownThemAll! is a Firefox extension that works well -

Metalinks for individual Debian ISOs are at
http://download.packages.ro/metalink/debian/ with all ISOs for an
architecture listed in a single .metalink are at

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

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