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Fri, 28 Jun 2013

Downloading Knoppix 7.2.0 with Metalinks

I have converted all the HTTP/FTP link on the download/mirror page for Knoppix downloads into both Metalink/meta4 format.

Warning : First ensure you take a look at the file which you want to download.The metalink has ALL files of version 7.2.0 that is English DVD/CD and German DVD/CD and if you don't specify an index you will get all files ,which is unlikely that you want all of these DVD/CD's.
You might want to familiarize yourself with your Metalink compliant download manager on atleast 2 parameters(choosing a file in a multi-file metalink and the closest mirror).

As an example , I will show how to download using aria2, which is a command line download manager which supports metalinks and is available on all platforms.
Download the any(not both) of the file(KNOPPIX_V7.2.0.metalink,KNOPPIX_V7.2.0.meta4) which has mirror information from Knoppix 7.2.0.
Note you just need to download one file.The file with extension .metafile is version 3 and file with extension .meta4 is the latest version format from IETF. For this example I have downloaded the file KNOPPIX_V7.2.0.metalink using my browser.
The command to look at which files are in the metalink is as below

aria2c --show-files KNOPPIX_V7.2.0.metalink

Output of the above command will be something like below.Pay attention to the first parameter under column idx , that is your index of the file which you want to download.Remember you don't want to download all files as they are huge.

In the current version the following indexes are there
>>> Printing the contents of file 'KNOPPIX_V7.2.0.metalink'... Files:
idx|path/length
===+===========================================================================
1|KNOPPIX_V7.2.0DVD-2013-06-16-EN.iso
  |3,921.0MiB (4,111,474,688)
---+---------------------------------------------------------------------------
2|KNOPPIX_V7.2.0CD-2013-06-16-EN.iso
  |700.8MiB (734,937,088)
---+---------------------------------------------------------------------------
3|KNOPPIX_V7.2.0DVD-2013-06-16-DE.iso
  |3,921.0MiB (4,111,474,688)
---+---------------------------------------------------------------------------
4|KNOPPIX_V7.2.0CD-2013-06-16-DE.iso
  |700.8MiB (734,937,088)
---+---------------------------------------------------------------------------

So now say for example you want to download English version of the CD from US-based mirrors , then you would issue the command like below

aria2c --select-file=2 --metalink-location=us KNOPPIX_V7.2.0.metalink

Explanation of Command : The index is 2 because we want the 2nd file in the meta file and we want to download from US based mirrors.You can specify your 2 digit Top level domain of your country for the location or find a nearest mirror and its country.

In case you find any bugs or non-working mirrors etc please post on thisdiscussion forum

Tools used to check metalink files to ensure no broken links and also to convert from metalink version 3 to 4(approved by IETF version)

  • Metalink Checker
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    Tue, 04 Jun 2013

    Downloading Knoppix 7.0.5 with Metalinks

    I have converted all the HTTP/FTP link on the download/mirror page for Knoppix downloads into both Metalink/meta4 format.

    Warning : First ensure you take a look at the file which you want to download.The metalink has ALL files of version 7.0.5 that is English DVD/CD and German DVD/CD and if you don't specify an index you will get all files ,which is unlikely that you want all of these DVD/CD's.
    You might want to familiarize yourself with your Metalink compliant download manager on atleast 2 parameters(choosing a file in a multi-file metalink and the closest mirror).

    As an example , I will show how to download using aria2, which is a command line download manager which supports metalinks and is available on all platforms.
    Download the any(not both) of the file(KNOPPIX_V7.0.5.metalink,KNOPPIX_V7.0.5.meta4) which has mirror information from Knoppix 7.0.5.
    Note you just need to download one file.The file with extension .metafile is version 3 and file with extension .meta4 is the latest version format from IETF. For this example I have downloaded the file KNOPPIX_V7.0.5.metalink using my browser.
    The command to look at which files are in the metalink is as below

    aria2c --show-files KNOPPIX_V7.0.5.metalink

    Output of the above command will be something like below.Pay attention to the first parameter under column idx , that is your index of the file which you want to download.Remember you don't want to download all files as they are huge.

    In the current version the following indexes are there
    >>> Printing the contents of file 'KNOPPIX_V7.0.5.metalink'... Files:
    idx|path/length
    ===+===========================================================================
    1|KNOPPIX_V7.0.5DVD-2012-12-21-EN.iso |3,917.4MiB (4,107,761,664)
    ---+---------------------------------------------------------------------------
    2|KNOPPIX_V7.0.5CD-2012-12-21-EN.iso |697.2MiB (731,115,520)
    ---+---------------------------------------------------------------------------
    3|KNOPPIX_V7.0.5DVD-2012-12-21-DE.iso |3,917.4MiB (4,107,761,664)
    ---+---------------------------------------------------------------------------
    4|KNOPPIX_V7.0.5CD-2012-12-21-DE.iso |697.2MiB (731,115,520)
    ---+---------------------------------------------------------------------------

    So now say for example you want to download English version of the CD from US-based mirrors , then you would issue the command like below

    aria2c --select-file=2 --metalink-location=us KNOPPIX_V7.0.5.metalink

    Explanation of Command : The index is 2 because we want the 2nd file in the meta file and we want to download from US based mirrors.You can specify your 2 digit Top level domain of your country for the location or find a nearest mirror and its country.

    In case you find any bugs or non-working mirrors etc please post on thisdiscussion forum

    Tools used to check metalink files to ensure no broken links and also to convert from metalink version 3 to 4(approved by IETF version)

  • Metalink Checker
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    Sun, 06 May 2012

    Santa Clara County bag stuffing party for Bike to work day

    Today we went to volunteer for the stuffing party  in preparation for Bike to work Day on May 10th, 2012.
    The stuffing party was at Sports Basement in Sunnyvale, CA.
    More details @ http://bikesiliconvalley.org/btwd Me , and my 8 yr old kid helped about 20-30 volunteers to fill about 5500 bags in 3-4 hours.

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    Mon, 03 Jan 2011

    Finding the cheapest gas prices in your area

    Gasbuddy.com is a website which allows individuals to update the price of gas for any gas stations.
    This helps in knowing where the cheapest gas station  in the area you are looking at.
    Remember, that the data there is as best as the number of people updating it .So please consider updating the gas prices when you see it :-).Welcome to crowdsourcing.
    Over the last couple of years after multiple road trips and shorter trips I have saved a lot of money by using the trip calculator

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    Sat, 29 May 2010

    Submitted 2 ideas to Promote usage of VTA public transit in Bayarea

    VTA has started a very good website , so that regular people provide ideas to VTA on how to increase their ridership.
    So I have proposed 2 ideas to them.Please consider voting on it , if  you agree with these ideas or feel free to share any other ideas on their website.
    Of course some of the other ideas like wifi on buses/light rail have already been submitted by others.

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    Sun, 09 May 2010

    Santa Clara County bag stuffing party for Bike to work day

    Today we went to volunteer for the stuffing party  in preparation for Bike to work Day on May 13th, 2010.
    The stuffing party was at Sports Basement in Sunnyvale, CA.
    More details @ http://bikesiliconvalley.org/content/1220 Me , my wife and my 6 yr old kid helped about 20-30 volunteers to fill about 5500 bags in 3-4 hours.

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    Sat, 08 May 2010

    Blood donation Drive at BMC Software At my work location at BMC software in San Jose,CA I have organized a blood donation drive on May 25th.
    The blood bank Im working with is "Blood centers of the Pacific"

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    Sun, 21 Feb 2010

    Wikipedia Edits

    Based on my recent trip of India and various medicines out there I updated wikipedia with that information.
    You can look up all my edits on wikipedia @ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/Pbhavesh

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    Sun, 30 Aug 2009

    Extracting OSM data with Osmosis

    For those of you who might have played with OSM , might have always felt a need to download and view it on their laptop offline.
    The files are typically at a contry level or a state level and most of them are pretty huge and memory hogging.
    In any case if you feel a need to extract out a bounding box from a huge .osm file here is what you can do.

    First download Osmosis from http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Osmosis#Downloading
    Since it is java based it will pretty much run on all platforms where java will run.
    Then download the state or country maps in osm format from  OSM or from Cloudmate
    The file format which we need to download the file will be something like <Country or State Name>.osm.bz2 like in my case it is california.osm.bz2
    Once you download that file you need to unzip it using a command like bzip2 -d california.osm

    Now say for example you want to only extract OSM data from a bounding box between Top Left Longitude -122.093566 / Top Left Latitude 37.39062 and Bottom Right Longitude -122.093566 / Top Right Latitude 37.39062 which is an Area of Sunnyvale and Mountain View, California you would give a command like

    ./osmosis --read-xml /mnt/officedesktop/maps/california.osm --bounding-box top=37.39062  left=-122.093566    right=-121.939929  bottom=37.318027  --write-xml svl.xml

    The output of the command will be called svl.xml

    This way you can extract out bounding boxes for areas of your interest and use it in applications like Gosmore

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    Sun, 16 Aug 2009

    Operator Plugin to lookup Geo encoded coordinated on Openstreetmaps

    If you use the Operator Extension  for microformats and whenever you come across a Geo(Microformat) encoded URL  and want to lookup that location on our beloved  Open Street maps , I have written an Operator  plugin for doing just that.
    The plugin is available @  http://bhavesh.freeshell.org/downloads/osm.js .You can save the text file using your browser with the name as osm.js.
    Once you download it you need to copy the osm.js file in your operator folder.It wiill be something like <Firefox Profile Folder>\profile\operator on Windows and <Firefox Profile Folder>\operator
    Please note that you need to install the Operator Extension before you can copy the osm.js file.Once installed you will be able to see the file in the Preferences or Options of Operator like below
    OSM in operator menu
    You will then need to restart firefox to have Operator load the new plugin.

    If everything goes well you should see the following in the Menu of Operator inf Firefox.
    OSM in Firefox Menu

    If you run into any issues you can send me an email @ email address  Please mention osm.js in subject line so I can distinguish between spam and real emails.

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