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    Default Issue with a download on Firefox

    This is in particular a crappy laptop using GNOME without a battery, hence always working plugged. Energy options are just default: block screen after 5 minutes, no suspending/hibernating at all.

    I was trying to download Windows 10 ISO from Microsoft website using Leap's Firefox. I left rig with screen locked for about 2 hours while waiting for the download. Then I saw that at a certain time download seemed to cancel itself: Firefox downloads said "finished", but the file was clearly incomplete judging by its size. What the heck happened?

    I deleted Firefox profile and cache, deleted the downloaded file itself from the Downloads home directory, and rebooted.

    I had to try again, this time not letting the screen locked for so long. File this time seemed to download well after a long while (though the Microsoft site does not provide any sha256 code...)

    Anyway, I remember Windows has its ever-handy Ccleaner application. Though I downloaded ISO again, I have no clue whether there are some remaining "ghosts" or errors in my /home directory or entire file system due to the previously failed download.

    Can anyone help please? Do I need a "sweeper" application just like KDE's?

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    Default Re: Issue with a download on Firefox

    Quote Originally Posted by F_style View Post
    (though the Microsoft site does not provide any sha256 code...)
    This post https://superuser.com/questions/1175...d-with/1175117 suggests that if one creates a Microsoft Account then one has access to the file checksums, perhaps that's what you should do?

    Though I downloaded ISO again, I have no clue whether there are some remaining "ghosts" or errors in my /home directory or entire file system due to the previously failed download.
    You're probably needlessly worrying...
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    Default Re: Issue with a download on Firefox

    On 11/22/2017 09:16 AM, F style wrote:
    >
    > This is in particular a crappy laptop using GNOME without a battery,
    > hence always working plugged. Energy options are just default: block
    > screen after 5 minutes, no suspending/hibernating at all.
    >
    > I was trying to download Windows 10 ISO from Microsoft website using
    > Leap's Firefox. I left rig with screen locked for about 2 hours while
    > waiting for the download. Then I saw that at a certain time download
    > seemed to cancel itself: Firefox downloads said "finished", but the file
    > was clearly incomplete judging by its size. What the heck happened?


    A server crashed on their side, a power blip anywhere between you and them
    caused a connection to die in a weird way, gamma rays impacted your
    system's time, causing it to think nothing had happened for a long period
    of time, canceling the download... who knows.

    > I deleted Firefox profile and cache, deleted the downloaded file itself
    > from the Downloads home directory, and rebooted.


    That was a bit extreme; was there a reason for this?

    > I had to try again, this time not letting the screen locked for so long.
    > File this time seemed to download well after a long while (though the
    > Microsoft site does not provide any sha256 code...)


    If you wanted integrity of your files you should have probably found a
    different vendor. ;-)

    > Anyway, I remember Windows has its ever-handy Ccleaner application.
    > Though I downloaded ISO again, I have no clue whether there are some
    > remaining "ghosts" or errors in my /home directory or entire file system
    > due to the previously failed download.


    You are not dealing with NTFS, or FAT32, so applying the snake oil from
    that product line to your current setup does not make much sense. If
    Firefox completes a download, the file that was downloaded is all that
    shows for it (other than some metadata you would have thoroughly destroyed
    by deleting the browser's profile), and if you delete that (bad) file,
    then that file is gone.

    > Can anyone help please? Do I need a "sweeper" application just like
    > KDE's?


    I have no idea why that would be necessary in your case. Are you seeing
    some kind of problem that makes you feel these actions may be justified?

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    Default Re: Issue with a download on Firefox

    Quote Originally Posted by F_style View Post
    Anyway, I remember Windows has its ever-handy Ccleaner application. Though I downloaded ISO again, I have no clue whether there are some remaining "ghosts" or errors in my /home directory or entire file system due to the previously failed download.

    Can anyone help please? Do I need a "sweeper" application just like KDE's?
    A partially downloaded file should still show up in your file manager, simply deleting it will be sufficient. Re-downloading should overwrite the existing file unless you rename it.

    I had the exact same problem downloading a windows 10 ISO. Using KGet (I'm using KDE) solved the problem of broken downloads (wget returned a forbidden error). For large downloads that may get interrupted, try using a download manager like uGet (or something similar).

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