I find prozgui (a download accelerator) works pretty good. I have only had a bad checksum once with it, and that was due to operator (me) finger trouble. Still, while slower, I suspect using bittorent may be the most reliable general method.
>>How have you checked the image, and got a negative result?
Checksums fail every time. That’s the problem.
>>What filesystem are you trying to download this to, matters if it’s a Windows one.
I am currently downloading using Aria2. It crashed on me once, but after re-starting it seems to be plugging along a little better. According to the download help…
Metalinks can contain full file checksum information which will automatically be verified with aria2, Free Download Manager, GetRight, wxDownload Fast, Orbit, and Speed Download. openSUSE Metalinks also contain repair information to fix errors that may occur during download, but only aria2 0.10.1 and higher currently support this.
It doesn’t say whether repair is automatic or if I have to do something, but it sounds hopeful.
On my Windows XP SP3 it worked just fine, but my format was FAT32 i believe. If it is possible, i would use a windows platform and burn it, then i would install it on the SUSE computer as either a clean install or an update.
If it is a DVD you are downloading, then I believe downloading to FAT32 is doomed from the start due to a FAT32 file size limitation that the openSUSE-11.2 DVD exceeds. However typically winXP partitions are NTFS formatted so it may be best to confirm this.
I guess downloading the live CD (< 700 MB) is fast and better. I used it to upgrade to 11.2, and it is even cheaper comparing the price of the DVD to the CD.
Once installed, you can use YAST to download and install whatever you want.
It shouldn’t make a bit of difference what file system you download to, unless you have file system problems.
What worked for me was a direct download, and use the sha1 sum. The md5 sum file on the front download page was the wrong one for my image. I was trying to get the image using metalink. It wasn’t working, but the md5 was also “bad”, in that it was the wrong one.
aria2c does have a continue option, did that not work?
rsync is good, and I use it a lot in LANs and same machine for convenience.
Generally less useful for downloads, as it requires a (rare) rsync server or shell access.
Not true! Your DVD ISO download may exceed the file size limit of the filesystem. Saying “it shouldn’t make a bit of difference” doesn’t help, when I know I cannot copy the whole of a DVD ISO file into my Vista created FAT32 filesystem (NTFS works).