Borkware Miniblog

October 29, 2007

Speed Download for Apple Seeds

Filed under: irc, Random — Mark Dalrymple @ 10:25 am

Apple provides downloads for OS X version for developers with seed keys. That’s cool.

Apple’s webservers cut off long downloads after twelve hours. When it takes twelve hours and fourteen minutes to download something, that’s not cool. I don’t want to think how many multigigabytes I downloaded before figuring out that twelve-hour cutoff.

Jonathan Wight said on IRC one day, “dude, use Speed Download“. I did. It works. I watched the progress meter at 12 hours. download speed went to zero as expected. A couple of seconds later it cranked back up Fourteen minutes later I had a finished download. That’s cool.


  1. I told you so!

    Comment by Jonathan Wight — October 29, 2007 @ 11:40 am

  2. and what’s amazing is that he actually talks in Links like that. Most disturbing when he does it in person.

    Comment by Mark Dalrymple — October 29, 2007 @ 1:19 pm

  3. I clicked the Speed Download link and was frightened off by the visual noise.

    I’m sure it’s fantastic, but does it do something relevant to this problem other than resumable downloads, like `curl` plus a GUI?

    Comment by andrew — October 30, 2007 @ 12:28 am

  4. *sigh* Andrew, Andrew, Andrew.

    What are we going to do with you? is a pain to hook up to curl. It uses cookies and re-directs and all sorts of niceness to make the job of getting it working with curl painful and unpleasant.

    With SD you just drag the link from Safari into the SD browser and you’re done. SD will download the binary faster (multiple connections) and much more reliably.

    It makes downloading 6+ GB of junk from painless.

    Comment by Jonathan Wight — October 30, 2007 @ 7:50 am

  5. @andrew: nothing wrong with curl. Hell, for the last seed, I used rsync against someone else’s image to get that last couple of dozen megs. Like Schwatoo says, is a PITA to work with curl or wget. I had it up to here (insert appropriate gesture) with incomplete downloads. One clicky-clicky (and twelve hours and change) later, it was done.

    Comment by Mark Dalrymple — October 30, 2007 @ 9:19 am

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