1. How Active Setup Resumes (and may be ripping you off on DL time)
I am one of the many undergoing the lengthy process of downloading IE5 (full
version: 33884KB) over an analog connection. I have resumed 40 times so far
since 6am CST, and have now decided to put it off until midnight tonight.
Active Setup resumes by starting right after the last **fully downloaded**
file (usually a CAB file). For example, I have been trying to download the
Java Virtual Machine (a 4.5MB component) for the past two hours. Each time
I resume, the download starts at 11263KB. Last time, my download went up to
about 13500KB, then ActiveSetup said the connection was lost, and to try and
resume later on. But, because ActiveSetup did not **completely finish**
downloading the last CAB file (JVM), it scraps the incomplete file (about
2.2MB worth) and starts over.
Now, in my opinion, this method is pretty stupid. CuteFTP and Getright
resume files by rolling back 4KB and starting from there. The resumed files
aren't corrupted in any way - they are identical to files downloaded in one
continuous transfer. I just don't understand why Microsoft's Active Setup
doesn't want to resume individual files - it will only resume the *whole
download process*, which actually consists of tens of files. Also, consider
this: even when you download a file in one continuous, uninterrupted
session, you are still downloading them packet-by-packet, with the computer
piecing them together as they arrive.
I would appreciate any explanation on the subject, as would many others.
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