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.
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