[Kget] [Bug 195137] New: "Could not write to file" when downloading large file

topher.wheeler at yahoo.com topher.wheeler at yahoo.com
Wed Jun 3 20:37:12 CEST 2009


           Summary: "Could not write to file" when downloading large file
           Product: kget
           Version: 0.8.5
          Platform: Gentoo Packages
        OS/Version: Linux
            Status: UNCONFIRMED
          Severity: wishlist
          Priority: NOR
         Component: general
        AssignedTo: kget at kde.org
        ReportedBy: topher.wheeler at yahoo.com

Version:           0.8.5 (using KDE 3.5.9)
Compiler:          (not applicable) (not applicable)
OS:                Linux
Installed from:    Gentoo Packages

KGet fails when trying to download a large DVD (dual layer) ISO image.  This is
*not* a problem with KGet.  In my case it was because I was trying to download
a 4+ GB file to a FAT32 partition, which only allows a maximum of "4GB minus 2
Bytes".  KGet only responded: "Could not write to file [path]".

I think offering a brief list of possible reasons would be a nice feature. 
Such as testing if the file's size is very large (ex: >=2.0 GB), and informing
the user that the "OS kernel and/or file system may not properly handle a file
of this size".  A probe of the file system type (and possibly kernel features),
and a warning before the download begins could be very handy.

In my particular situation, I'm using KGet because I wanted to download the DVD
images for Elephants Dream and Big Buck Bunny.  Because my ISP imposes a
download cap of only 100 GB per month, I chose to use a download manager
(primarily for the 'resume' function).  I attempted to resume the download
several times, which lead to the large (~50% complete) partial file to be
erased (without confirmation) and mindlessly written over again.

A confirmation before overwriting a .part file (when choosing the "resume"
option), and maybe an option to "move & continue" the transfer to a compatible
partition (in this scenario) would be greatly appreciated and very helpful.

I do enjoy using the KDE desktop suite (especially the 3.5.x family, as 4.x
seems to suffer from Vista syndrome).

Thankyou for any consideration of these features.

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