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Re: Metalink: higher availability and self repairing downloads

From: Anthony Bryan <albryan@comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 08 Aug 2007 06:16:18 +0000
To: ietf-http-wg@w3.org
Message-Id: <080820070616.1101.46B95FB2000E00C00000044D2200745672020E979D0D040E@comcast.net>

Everyone's been waiting for this :), a Firefox extension that supports downloading with Metalinks. DownThemAll! 1.0 Beta came out last month and is available at http://www.downthemall.net/

-- 
(( Anthony Bryan ... Metalink [ http://www.metalinker.org ]
  )) Easier, More Reliable, Self Healing Downloads


 -------------- Original message ----------------------
From: albryan@comcast.net (Anthony Bryan)
> 
> Hi,
> 
> I posted about Metalink a few months ago [1], and it no longer repurposes the 
> fragment identifier like Link Fingerprints.
> 
> Metalink is an XML format that lists multiple ways (FTP/HTTP/P2P/rsync) to 
> retrieve files, along with checksums and other metadata. It is mostly used by 
> download managers. Around 21 programs have Metalink support.
> 
> "Metalink solves the first problem  how to find the most speedy way to download 
> a file  by grouping different download protocols into one protocol. This 
> enables Metalink clients to automatically switch between different mirror 
> servers without explicit user instructions. Not only multiple server information 
> is described but also meta-data (e.g., the location of the server, document tags 
> and license)." [2]
> 
> Metalink is not restricted to just HTTP, but Lisa Dusseault suggested I post 
> here, looking for "expressions of interest in the basic concept, and volunteers 
> to help with the work (at the very least, reviewers)." I would like to turn this 
> into an IETF publication.
> 
> Some basic features the information in a metalink can be used for:
> - Listing multiple mirrors for higher availability.
> - Automatic error recovery and repair of corrupted downloads.
> - More information about a download for users. [3]
> - Add a file or multiple files to a download queue.
> - Share a library of files between filesharing applications.
> - Simplified download pages.
> 
> An example .metalink:
> 
> <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
> <metalink version="3.0" generator="Metalink Editor version 1.0.0" 
> xmlns="http://www.metalinker.org/">
>   <publisher>
>     <name>Xi Software</name>
>     <url>http://www.xi-soft.com/</url>
>   </publisher>
>   <identity>Net Transport</identity>
>   <version>2.43</version>
>   <copyright>2005-2007</copyright>
>   <description>Net Transport (NetXfer) is a downloading tool.</description>
>   <files>
>     <file name="NXSetup_multi.zip">
>       <size>2014232</size>
>       <os>Windows-x86</os>
>       <verification>
>         <hash type="md5">18148ed6dc0fc6a48f345579f099d6bd</hash>
>         <hash type="sha1">01586b2c0ec5d8e985138204404878f5ecbeef58</hash>
>         <pieces type="sha1" length="262144">
>           <hash piece="0">ce50319f58e846e3e0c66a9ada9015e601126864</hash>
>           <hash piece="1">c9e73e336831a364cedcd889259b7330d48f90fd</hash>
>           <hash piece="2">a7f5281c629ea63c791f320db3b0df85fdb01861</hash>
>           <hash piece="3">e6cf5571185db0ec79b551222596462db445bdd6</hash>
>           <hash piece="4">8982e850d2e3ea005119beea3cc05daca28de474</hash>
>           <hash piece="5">a0e7a3a3a46f1ae5fb4eb8529b6fb8ee82fa43a8</hash>
>           <hash piece="6">96540cfade1ce9d3846f41510fbed46965b29568</hash>
>           <hash piece="7">87108128d4dde5ba62ffec1f1cc3fc292fc298ca</hash>
>         </pieces>
>       </verification>
>       <resources>
>         <url type="http" 
> preference="100">http://www.xi-soft.com/downloads/NXSetup_multi.zip</url>
>         <url type="http" location="gb" 
> preference="100">http://nettransport.abangadek.com/NXSetup_multi.zip</url>
>         <url type="http" location="hu" 
> preference="100">http://www.axitech.hu/nettransport/downloads/NXSetup_multi.zip<
> /url>
>         <url type="ftp" location="cn" 
> preference="100">ftp://nettransport:nettransport@202.107.248.221/NXSetup_multi.z
> ip</url>
>       </resources>
>     </file>
>   </files>
> </metalink>
> 
> For more information: http://www.metalinker.org and 
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metalink
> 
> Thanks,
> -- 
> (( Anthony Bryan ... Metalink [ http://www.metalinker.org ]
>   )) Easier, More Reliable, Self Healing Downloads
> 
> [1] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/ietf-http-wg/2007AprJun/0039.html
> [2] 
> http://www.geospatialsemanticweb.com/2007/02/25/metalink-unifies-internet-downlo
> ads
> [3] http://code.downthemall.net/maierman/metaselect4.png
> 
Received on Wednesday, 8 August 2007 06:16:32 GMT

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