Konrad Kossmann (
Sun, 17 Sep 1995 13:25:35 -0400 (EDT)

I have spent several hours to download various kernel updates from a
variety of sources. When I tried to decompress the linux-x.x.x.tar.gz
files I would get a statement to the effect that I had multiple-part
tar.gz files and that I should get a newer version of gzip.
Today I downloaded linux-1.3.27.tar.gz from (1.1 MB) and the
same file from (3 MB). The former cannot be
unzipped (see above statement). The latter could be unzipped but had
at the end the statement "Broken pipe". It could of course not be
compiled. What I would like to know is why 2 files with identical names
have considerably different sizes (1.1 vs. 3 MB). Shouldn't there be some
indication that a file is only a part and that other parts are required?
And why are files which obviously don't work available for downloading at
all? I would like to point out, however, that a number of files
(linux-1.2.8.tar.gz and linux-1.3.9.tar.gz for instance) were downloaded
and could not be unzipped (see above) whereas the same files (but larger
in size), downloaded from, worked like a charm. I
would very much appreciate any hints as to what is going on there.
Best regards, Konrad H. Kossmann

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