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    Default Looking for a decent download manager

    I'm looking for a good download manager that is fast and will allow multi threaded downloads.

    In WinXP I used FlashGet which was very quick and so far have not found something in Linux to match it. I tried Kget but it's slow in comparison. Firefox's own DL manager is also slow. In my trials Flashget was always almost twice as fast in downloading a file. Any other good options I should try. I'd like a one with a GUI frontend if possible. the most important thing is that it's fast.
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    Default Re: Looking for a decent download manager

    suse tpx60s wrote:
    > I'm looking for a good download manager that is fast and will allow
    > multi threaded downloads.
    >
    > In WinXP I used FlashGet which was very quick and so far have not found
    > something in Linux to match it. I tried Kget but it's slow in
    > comparison. Firefox's own DL manager is also slow. In my trials Flashget
    > was always almost twice as fast in downloading a file. Any other good
    > options I should try. I'd like a one with a GUI frontend if possible.
    > the most important thing is that it's fast.
    >
    >

    I recently got "downthemall", which is an add-on to Firefox. When you
    click on a download and get the window offering open or save as, it will
    then add some options for downthemall. So far I have only used it for
    metalink, so I don't know if it handles multi threaded downloads
    elsewhere. Check it out and tell us what's your best finding!

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    I think KGet, Konqueror's default download manager supports resume capability...

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    Thanks. I am aware of the FF extensions but really wanted something that isn't integrated into FF. I don't want a problem with FF to pull down the download manger and vise-versa. I've read reports that DownThemAll has problems with large files and can lock FF up.

    Isn't Flashgot just an extension to integrate FF with an external download manager rather than an actual download manager / accelerator?

    I've done some googling and it seems the pickings for Linux download accelerators is quite slim which surprises me.

    Kget is just too slow in comparison to what I'm used to. also, when I did try it and my network connection failed 3/4 of the way into the download when KGet resumed it started again from the beginning.
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    Default Re: Looking for a decent download manager

    what is a "download manager" anyway?

    what could be easier than wget? tell it to what get (by copy/paste
    address) and it does!

    tell it to get a hundred different things from ten or a hundred
    different places, and it does!

    what is to 'manage'? you tell, it gets--no manager (or other
    middle-man) needed.

    ps: anyway, i have a sneaky suspicion that your favored "FlashGet" is
    nothing but a GUI front end for the open-source wget, or similar..

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    There is a gnome front end to wget and also in packman 'kiwi'
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    Default Re: Looking for a decent download manager

    I guess to be pedantic about terms a more accurate description of what I'm after is a download accelerator. I would like to just drag links into the download accelerator / manager and let it get on with it. It needs to support multi threaded downloading to maximise the download bandwidth, the usual pause and resume, recover and continue from disrupted connections, allow sorting / prioritising the download queue, etc..

    I would find wget (or any other command line app) too inconvenient to have to cut and paste links or work through typing commands to try manipulate the download. But if wget has GUI then I'll check into using wget with one of the GUIs.
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    Sorry I can't be much more help. I just don't download much stuff. Linux .iso's yes, but always with bittorrent, an odd .rpm here and there. I don't know what you find out there to download, but I hope it's exciting!
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    i remember back in the dark ages of OS/2 there was a way to put a
    folder on the desktop (or wherever), and then you could swipe and grab
    a URL from anywhere and 'drop' it in the folder and walk away..

    the folder (or rather, the folder's magic) would 'manage' all the
    downloads dropped in (restarting stalled threads, etc etc and keeping
    the incoming pipe FULL) as long as needed to keep the owner/user happy..

    i don't remember the name, but i _guess_ it was little more than a
    script which was activated when a URL was dropped in the folder, and
    probably used a fetching program like wget (because on OS/2 it was
    also free)..

    shouldn't be too hard to do that here....come to think of it, i reckon
    it was done....long ago by some Warped hacker who got here before i
    did...just need to find the name of it for this OS...

    dang, i keep thinking it was called WeGet...NO...i found it (Google is
    a wonderful thing):

    "Auto WGet Daemon v1.8.3 is a free utility set for driving GNU WGet or
    any similar utility for downloading files. Auto WGet Daemon allows you
    to start downloading by simply Drag'n'Drop to special folder. Aside
    from, Auto WGet Daemon supports queue for downloads and allows restart
    failed downloads in the power fail or any other unpleasantness...."
    http://www.os2site.com/sw/internet/d...get/index.html

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