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Re: [Bug-wget] [hg] regression fix and gzip support

From: Alan Jenkins
Subject: Re: [Bug-wget] [hg] regression fix and gzip support
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2010 12:28:39 +0000

On 1/30/10, Micah Cowan <address@hidden> wrote:
> Alan Jenkins wrote:
>>     Fix regression (Test-c-partial-no-content-length)
>>     Rev 4318b1cccf8e "Don't download content just to ignore it."
>>     caused "wget -c" to fail on resources without Content-Length,
>>     saying "The file is already fully retrieved; nothing to do."
>>     Fix it by checking content-length was set before trying to
>>     compare it with the already downloded filesize.
>> The above fix is available to be pulled (along with a test case) with
>> hg pull -r 9e9c63037f9f
>> https://address@hidden/sourcejedi/wget-aj/
>> [Note the -r switch!].
> Thanks very much for finding and fixing this.
> The fix itself is trivial enough that it could be applied by itself;
> however, to pull in the test as well, plus any of the other cleanup
> (etc) changes you made, you'll need to sign copyright assignment or
> disclaimer papers with the Free Software Foundation. If you're alright
> with doing so, then please fill out the request form I've attached, and
> send it to address@hidden The one I've attached is for assigning
> past-and-future changes you've made to Wget, in case you plan on making
> further changes to Wget. Another option, if you'd prefer it, is to
> assign copyright to the FSF for just the changes you've made so far;
> that's a different form, which I can give you upon request.

Ok, I've emailed the request form.

> Also, I don't know if you're aware, but Wget is currently without a
> maintainer (I stepped down from that position a few weeks ago), and is
> seeking someone to fill that spot. At the moment, development is at a
> standstill. You seem to know your way around Wget's code and practices
> already, so if you're interested in taking up the role, you might chat
> more with me off-list about it (if you have questions), or contact
> address@hidden to let them know you're interested.

Yes... just as I was finishing the gzip patches I looked at the ML
archives, and realised you'd already stepped down :-).  Thanks for
spending your time on this even now.

Sorry, but I don't feel able to maintain it.  I'm new to the wget
code; I came to it as a "drive by developer" (and since found that my
original reasons for wanting gzip support were mistaken).  I haven't
maintained a project before, and I don't have the motivation to start
with wget.

I'll stay subscribed and lurk on the mailing list.  I could start on a
few issues cherry-picked from distribution bug trackers, but I don't
think that's what you're really looking for.

> In the meantime, I've submitted a bug report for this at
> https://savannah.gnu.org/bugs/index.php?28777 so it's not forgotten.
> - -mjc

Good idea, thanks.

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