unstuff this

saga

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Hey all
I am having some difficulty unstuffing some zip files. I am downloading live music from archive.org, and they show up as ".matrix.shnf_vbr_mp3.zip". Everytime I try to unstuff it, it tells me error #17538 and that it was unable to unstuff. I have no idea what this error means. I am using my macbook for this downoading. When I use my emac, everything runs smoothly, and there is no errors. What could I be doing wrong, or what preferences are possibly set wrong. Any help would be appreciated.
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dalvin200 said:
have you tried just double clicking on the zip file and using apple's native zip support rather than stuffit?
How would I go about that.
 

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dalvin200 said:
have you tried just double clicking on the zip file and using apple's native zip support rather than stuffit?

Nope, didn't work. Still coming up as unable to expand into desktop. I have tried to divert the path and expand in diffent locations, but nothing seems to work. I will have to try downloading some other shows and see if it is the format the songs are in. I do have the feeling that it shouldn't matter, since my emac can handle any of them. I don't think that I have any other software on the emac that would facilitate theses downloads more than my macbook. Any other ideas?
 

iMeowbot

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Can you post the address of an archive.org page with the problem downloads, so that others can try and see what happens?
 

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iMeowbot said:
Can you post the address of an archive.org page with the problem downloads, so that others can try and see what happens?

Here it is: http://www.archive.org/details/sci2001-03-10.matrix.shnf. In the top left of the window is the spot where one can download the whole show at once. I always use the "VBR Zip" option under downloads on the left. I am very grateful for the help. Love the live jam stuff.
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iMeowbot

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Okay, I just downloaded that file and it unzipped fine, the files are playable too.


What size did you get for the downloaded zip file at that page? I get 261,080,473 bytes with the Finder's Get Info.

Also, in Terminal, I get:
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$ md5 download/sci2001-03-10.matrix.shnf_vbr_mp3.zip 
MD5 (download/sci2001-03-10.matrix.shnf_vbr_mp3.zip) = 95eae68f741bcae416c73ed9c27cc92f
 

saga

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iMeowbot said:
Okay, I just downloaded that file and it unzipped fine, the files are playable too.


What size did you get for the downloaded zip file at that page? I get 261,080,473 bytes with the Finder's Get Info.

Also, in Terminal, I get:
Code:
$ md5 download/sci2001-03-10.matrix.shnf_vbr_mp3.zip 
MD5 (download/sci2001-03-10.matrix.shnf_vbr_mp3.zip) = 95eae68f741bcae416c73ed9c27cc92f
Wow, With the get info windo I only register 202,343,524 bytes. I wonder if the macbook is somehow not downloading the file in its entirity. That might prevent the zip from expanding, am I right?
 

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saga said:
Wow, With the get info windo I only register 202,343,524 bytes. I wonder if the macbook is somehow not downloading the file in its entirity. That might prevent the zip from expanding, am I right?
That would be the trouble, a partial download. Unzip programs look for a directory marker at the end of the file, and give up if it is cut off.

The problem could be at the server, or any router in the chain between your Mac and archive.org. The problem is probably not your Mac if you are able to get successful large downloads from elsewhere.

There used to be a zip fix program hundreds of years ago that would allow recovery of some files, but that may have been part of the old PKZIP. I'm not sure what's out there for OS X.
 

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iMeowbot said:
That would be the trouble, a partial download. Unzip programs look for a directory marker at the end of the file, and give up if it is cut off.

The problem could be at the server, or any router in the chain between your Mac and archive.org. The problem is probably not your Mac if you are able to get successful large downloads from elsewhere.

There used to be a zip fix program hundreds of years ago that would allow recovery of some files, but that may have been part of the old PKZIP. I'm not sure what's out there for OS X.

I am downloading via the airport express, but so is my desktop in which I can complete these downloads. My distance from the express is only about fifteen feet! Does this sound like it could be a problem?
 

iMeowbot

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It is possible that some kind of wireless bug could be affecting some Macintels. There was another recent thread (link) with pretty much the same problem, a MacBook Pro was getting partial downloads while a PowerBook on the same network was perfectly happy.
 

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iMeowbot said:
It is possible that some kind of wireless bug could be affecting some Macintels. There was another recent thread (link) with pretty much the same problem, a MacBook Pro was getting partial downloads while a PowerBook on the same network was perfectly happy.

What is a good suggestion of what to do now. If it is a wireless bug affecting macintel's than, what are we to do. How do I fix this?
 

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saga said:
What is a good suggestion of what to do now. If it is a wireless bug affecting macintel's than, what are we to do. How do I fix this?

I'm serious. Is there any way to fix this, or is this something I have to resign to.
 

saga

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saga said:
I'm serious. Is there any way to fix this, or is this something I have to resign to.

Got it!!! No worries. Problem solved.
 

iMeowbot

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What did you find? I would be good to get it down here in case anyone else has to deal with a problem like that.
 

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iMeowbot said:
What did you find? I would be good to get it down here in case anyone else has to deal with a problem like that.

This is pretty lame. I was using Stuffit 10.0. I called applecare, and told them that my macbook was having a tough time completing downloads via the airport express. After a little more explanation, he put me on hold. While I was on hold, I downloaded Stuffit 11.0, and whatever zip files would not open with the 10.0, automatically expanded using the 11.0. Then he had me rewrite disk permissions. Another handy trick was to go into system pref>network>networkstatus>network port configurations, an reorganize placing the airport on top, etc, etc. Base this on what is more important to you. This sped the macbook up a bit in opening the browser, and loading the pages. I also did notice a considerable difference in using safari vs. firefox, timewise. Safari had firefox beat hands down on speed. From now on I will switch browsers when I know I will be downloading larger files. All in all, I was happy, and some of the fixes I should of thought of, but all is good. Sorry I didn't explain, after all that is what this forum is all about. Thanks for everyone's help.