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AndyD
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Unable to download ProTeXt distro

Postby AndyD » Fri Jan 15, 2010 1:01 pm

I have recently persuaded a colleague to move on to LaTeX, from Word. Since he runs under WinXP, it seemed sensible to use proTeXt, as the recommended solution for this environment. I therefore went to the ProTeXt site to try and download one of the 'full' distros (e.g. the .iso). My colleague is not particularly technical, so I wanted to make things as easy as possible for him.

Unfortunately, when I click on one of the links I get prompted for an ftp password - I have tried both guest and anonymous logins with no difference. What then happens then is that I get a listing of the various files on the ftp server, which is what I would hope for. However, if I try to actually download anything then get errors, e.g.

"The Finder can’t complete the operation because some data in “ProTeXt-2.2.1-102109.iso” can’t be read or written.
(Error code -36)"

Note that I am running OS X on a MacBook - although I would hope that this would not have any impact on a simple download, ftp or not. Note also that all my other downloads work fine and that I have no proxies defined.

Any help most appreciated :-)

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Postby AndyD » Fri Jan 15, 2010 1:13 pm

Addendum - looks like it may be an OS X problem - so much for OS X being the perfect OS ;)

See here:

http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jsp ... 0&tstart=0

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Postby josephwright » Fri Jan 15, 2010 1:33 pm

ProTeXt is a Windows TeX distribution, so its not going to be much use for Mac OS X anyway. What's wrong with MacTeX for you? (ProTeXt includes things which a vanilla Windows systems does not have, but Unix-based systems tend to, such as a PostScript viewer.)
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Postby AndyD » Fri Jan 15, 2010 1:43 pm

As already noted, this download is not for my use, but is for a colleague, who runs WinXP.
I already use TeXShop on my MacBook, which works fine for me.

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Postby AndyD » Fri Jan 15, 2010 1:52 pm

Success: I managed to download both the iso and md5 files no problem, using the command line ftp. So it looks as if the problem lies with the OS X Finder and its integration with ftp, as implied in the Apple support forum that I linked to previously.

For full results see below. I'm not sure why the download completed with a timeout, but the data seems sound which is good enough for now. Note that the ftp url was a cut and paste from the ProTeXt website.
  1. $ ftp ftp://ftp.fernuni-hagen.de/pub/windows/win32/ProTeXt/
  2. Connected to ftp.fernuni-hagen.de.
  3. 220-----------------------------------------------------------------
  4. 220-
  5. 220- U U
  6. 220- U U U U FernUniversitaet in Hagen
  7. 220- UU U U U UU Zentrum fuer Medien und IT
  8. 220- UU U U UU D - 58084 Hagen
  9. 220- UU UUU UU
  10. 220- UUU UUU Tel.: +49 2331 987-4444
  11. 220- UUUUU E-mail: ftpadmin@fernuni-hagen.de
  12. 220-
  13. 220- Willkommen beim Ftp-Server der FernUni in Hagen!
  14. 220-
  15. 220- Alle Aktionen werden fuer statistische Zwecke geloggt. Wenn Sie
  16. 220- dies nicht wuenschen, verlassen Sie den Server mit dem Befehl
  17. 220-
  18. 220- quit
  19. 220-
  20. 220- Ansonsten viel Erfolg!
  21. 220------------------------------------------------------------------
  22. 220
  23. 331 Please specify the password.
  24. 230 Login successful.
  25. Remote system type is UNIX.
  26. Using binary mode to transfer files.
  27. 200 Switching to Binary mode.
  28. 250 Directory successfully changed.
  29. 250 Directory successfully changed.
  30. 250 Directory successfully changed.
  31. 250-Willkommen zur Installation von ProTeXt
  32. 250-=========================================
  33. 250-
  34. 250-ProTeXt ist ein Projekt der TuG, Dante und der FernUni.
  35. 250-
  36. 250-Hinweise zur Installation:
  37. 250-
  38. 250-0. Entpacken Sie die Datei protext-*.zip in einem leeren Verzeichnis
  39. 250-auf Ihrem Rechner.
  40. 250-
  41. 250-1. Starten Sie ue?ber den Windows-Explorer die Datei Setu.exe .
  42. 250-
  43. 250-2. Installieren Sie ProTeXt, mit Hilfe unseres
  44. 250-"Installationsskripts".
  45. 250-
  46. 250-3. Fragen und Probleme?
  47. 250-
  48. 250-Schreiben Sie an:
  49. 250-
  50. 250- FernUniversitaet in Hagen
  51. 250- Zentrum fuer Medien und IT
  52. 250- z.H. Th. Feuerstack
  53. 250- 58084 Hagen
  54. 250-
  55. 250- E-Mail: Thomas.Feuerstack@fernuni-hagen.de
  56. 250 Directory successfully changed.
  57. ftp> dir
  58. 229 Entering Extended Passive Mode (|||23133|).
  59. 150 Here comes the directory listing.
  60. -r-xr-xr-x 1 ftp ftp 821488567 Oct 21 14:24 ProTeXt-2.2.1-102109.exe
  61. -rw-r--r-- 1 ftp ftp 59 Oct 21 14:22 ProTeXt-2.2.1-102109.exe.md5
  62. -r-xr-xr-x 1 ftp ftp 834027520 Oct 21 14:26 ProTeXt-2.2.1-102109.iso
  63. -rw-r--r-- 1 ftp ftp 59 Oct 21 14:22 ProTeXt-2.2.1-102109.iso.md5
  64. -rw-r--r-- 1 ftp ftp 586 Jan 07 2008 README1ST.txt
  65. -rw-r--r-- 1 ftp ftp 4497694720 Nov 20 12:43 openSUSE-11.2-DVD-i586.iso
  66. 226 Directory send OK.
  67. ftp> binary
  68. 200 Switching to Binary mode.
  69. ftp> get ProTeXt-2.2.1-102109.iso.md5
  70. local: ProTeXt-2.2.1-102109.iso.md5 remote: ProTeXt-2.2.1-102109.iso.md5
  71. 229 Entering Extended Passive Mode (|||35752|).
  72. 150 Opening BINARY mode data connection for ProTeXt-2.2.1-102109.iso.md5 (59 bytes).
  73. 100% |****************************************************************************************| 59 0.76 KiB/s 00:00 ETA
  74. 226 Transfer complete.
  75. 59 bytes received in 00:00 (0.76 KiB/s)
  76. ftp> get ProTeXt-2.2.1-102109.iso
  77. local: ProTeXt-2.2.1-102109.iso remote: ProTeXt-2.2.1-102109.iso
  78. 229 Entering Extended Passive Mode (|||44110|).
  79. 150 Opening BINARY mode data connection for ProTeXt-2.2.1-102109.iso (834027520 bytes).
  80. 100% |****************************************************************************************| 795 MiB 1.08 MiB/s 00:00 ETA
  81.  
  82. 421 Service not available, remote server timed out. Connection closed.
  83. 834027520 bytes received in 13:14 (1.00 MiB/s)
  84. ftp: No control connection for command
  85. ftp> exit

Looks like OS X is really the problem :(

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