[Foundation-l] Database dumps

Thomas Dalton thomas.dalton at gmail.com
Wed Feb 21 11:36:38 UTC 2007

> It's not high priority, that's right, but you should also look at it
> from the users point of view. If a large  download breaks at 85%, then
> you have to redownload the whole file. I know that there download
> managers, but with bitorrent you have extra certainty for the validity
> of your file: every 1 MB or so, you have a MD5 hash, so corrupt
> downloads can not happen.
> Lowering the bandwith on the download server is just an extra advantage.

A download manager is a better way to increase your chances of a clean
download. Bittorrent only works if you have lots of people downloading
at the same time (or at least similar enough times that the people
that have finished haven't given up seeding) - I'm not sure that's the
case with Wikipedia DB dumps.

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