Re: download stalls
I just found what seems to be a cure to my download stall problem. I
right-clicked on my filerunner titlebar (maximize) by sheer accident
and I noted that the lights on the modem started blinking faster. So I
left it alone for a bit, and my downloads don't even begin to stall.
Another symptom is that when I invoke an xterm, but don't pin it down
(so only the outline shows), the modem lights completely stop. I
forgot to mention that I've had the same occurance with ncftp, which is
console based. These finding seems to point to either the X-server, or
else the window manager (afterstep). In either case, I think I can
deal with it by dragging the maximized filerunner into a corner out of
While I had previously noticed that minimizing soon resulted in a
stall, I never thought of maximizing (I run 1280x1024, so that's
unwieldy). Usually I don't solve problems by accident, but that's OK.
On Mon, 01 Dec 1997 22:54:48 GMT, David Stern wrote:
> I'm doing some downloading with filerunner right now, have ran renice
> -20 on asmodem and tkwish(filerunner), but still notice that my
> download will stall, as indicated by my asmodem display and filerunner
> transfer status display, under certain conditions, particularly
> following a http or ftp
> request by another web or ftp client, but also when simply starting
> another application or even opening an xterm, and sometimes during a
> lengthy download it will occur after a period of user inactivity,
> usually the modem display will slow to a crawl before the download
> I download from everywhere imaginable, at all hours, and load levels,
> and this is constant. For overnight downloads, I have to set the ftp
> timeout to 15 minutes to stay alive (it has died at up to 12 minutes).
> I am not experiencing a quota limitation, and I have ample cpu and
> memory resources; 64MB, P133.
> I've also found that several actions will cause download to continue,
> mostly having to do with the changing focus and the mouse location;
> i.e.: changing the focus on and off of filerunner will usually cause
> download to continue. Typing in a text editor will keep the modem
> blinking faster and longer, but won't restart a stalled download.
> I'm using "click-to-focus", which is the preferred default for
> afterstep, yet the behavior I experience seems to be a hybrid of
> primarily "click-to-focus" with a little "focus-follows-mouse" mixed
> in. This is evidenced quite clearly when in netscape, with filerunner
> downloading, netscape will fail to load a webpage if the focus is on a
> non-netscape frame and I move the mouse out of the netscape frame;
> subsequently download will continue if the mouse is allowed to drift
> into the netscape frame (still without focus in the netscape frame).
> There are so many potential causes of this behavior, ranging from the
> individual apps to my X-server and windowmanager, all of which have
> their own peculiar "features" (heh, heh). I haven't tried mc in console
> mode yet, but that shouldn't be necessary.
> Does this make sense to anyone? I hope I haven't wasted your time.
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