Subject: Re: 'make fetch' and partial downloads
To: Frederick Bruckman <>
From: Bill Studenmund <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 07/20/2001 15:08:55
On Thu, 19 Jul 2001, Frederick Bruckman wrote:

> On Thu, 19 Jul 2001, David Brownlee wrote:
> > 	What do people think about changing the 'make fetch' target to
> > 	download to a temporary file and rename after download is
> > 	complete? Would we want to use a fixed name per distfile
> > 	(eg: ${distfile}.downloading)?
> I'm sorry, but I don't see the point. It seems to add complexity for
> no real gain, plus it also seems that you'd lose information (the
> mtime of the distfile, which is useful for singling out the incomplete
> distfiles, at least).

I don't think a mv should modify the mtime on the file.  The ctime on the
inode, and the mtime on the directory, but those don't really matter.

Take care,