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are RAR files being downloaded as ASCII ? (4 posts)

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  • Started 11 years ago by VazaGothic
  • Latest reply 11 years ago from Jim Matthews
  • VazaGothic Member

    Hi,
    I was wondering if Fetch can properly choose
    between Ascii and Binary type of downloaded files, because it turned out, that ALL RAR archives I've been downloading today were
    downloaded as Ascii (the type was Auto).

    During the same session other files (ZIPs, etc) were downloaded correctly and I don't have problem opening them.

    It's pretty nasty BUG and it drove me crazy when I realized I lost over 1.4GB of downloaded data, because it was downloaded as Ascii instead of Binary.

    Posted 11 years ago #

  • Jim Matthews Administrator

    It all depends on 1) whether "Automatic defaults to Text" is set in the Download section of Preferences and 2) whether there is a suffix mapping for .rar indicating that RAR files are binary. If there's a suffix mapping, as there is for .zip, you're all set. Otherwise you need to uncheck "Automatic defaults to Text" in order to correctly download binary files with unrecognized suffixes.

    Thanks,

    Jim Matthews
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 11 years ago #

  • VazaGothic Member

    Hello again,
    I've checked the 'Automatic download as Text' option and it was disabled (the Default Download Mode was Binary)

    Then I've checked the RAR files setting under IE and it turned out that the RAR archive had Encoding (under IE) set as Text instead of Binary.

    I've set it to Binary and now everything worked fine :)

    Maybe it's strange, but wouldn't it be better if setting 'Default download Mode' to 'Binary' in Preferences would override all settings under IE (all files would be download as Binary), while setting the same option to 'Auto' would leave the decision to system (read: setting in IE) ?

    But anyway, thanks for your help :)

    Posted 11 years ago #

  • Jim Matthews Administrator

    If you want downloads to be in binary, regardless of the suffix mapping information, you should set the Mode pop-up menu to Binary rather than Automatic. The "Automatic defaults to Text" preference is just there for when you've set Mode to Automatic and there isn't a suffix mapping to refer to.

    Thanks,

    Jim Matthews
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 11 years ago #

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