[CentOS-devel] RE: www.centos.org - Contact Us Form - metalinks
Anthony L. Bryan
albryan at comcast.net
Fri Aug 4 15:06:39 UTC 2006
> Thanks for getting in touch about metalinks. I've personally
> never heard
> about this before, but it sounds interesting. The first question that
> comes to mind is - how many user end download clients support
> this format ?
> And, if we are to publish these, we'd need some means to
> generate them
> automatically, perhaps a hook into the mirror-monitor
> scripts. But thats
> a future issue.
> I am cross posting this to the CentOS-Devel list, so that more people
> might be able to get involved in the conversation. I suggest you
> subscribe to that list (
> http://lists.centos.org/mailman/listinfo/centos-devel )
Hi Karanbir, thanks for writing back.
You haven't heard about metalinks before because its all word of mouth so
far :) OpenOffice.org is the only 'large' site using it at the moment. It
was really designed with ISOs in mind tho, so I'd be excited if you used it.
Currently, 3 clients support metalink, one for Mac (Speed Download), Unix
(aria2 - http://aria2.sourceforge.net), and Windows (GetRight). 5 more
clients are in the process of adding support.
As far as automation, http://metalink.packages.ro/ has perl source for
generating metalinks. If you need hooks into your mirror-monitor scripts, I
would be interested in supporting development of those so they could be used
I've made a metalink for CentOS-4.3-i386-LiveCD.iso
I've spent a few minutes on this, if you could, I'd ask you to try it out
once (at a place with a good net connection). If you aren't interested, fair
enough. Get aria, then:
It should download (speedily) from a bunch of mirrors, then automatically
verify the checksum when finished. The next version of aria2 will have even
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