Re: Is torrent better than ftp?
I think that we can let this old thread go because it is the original poster back to continue the question...
FTP or torrent?
I wouldn't say that any one is better than another,
in your case you say that you downloaded a file from FTP which you deemed corrupt as the checksums didn't match the published ones.
you are right in that torrent does do checksums on each bit it downloads, but that's only to ensure that it's from the right file. the end file can still be corrupt, or different from the original file published on the vendors site.
there is nothing to stop me adding a torrent of say an ubuntu CD and labling it as a redhat distro,
all the checksums on the bits (file chunks downloaded in the torrent will match). but the end result would still be bad.
Assume that you downloaded the same file linked to as an FTP mirror, you;re saying that there is a published checksum so you'd notice that it was different.
the MD5 checksums in torrents only checks the individual file chunks to guard against rogue data being saved in a file it doesn't compare the checksum of the file that you've downloaded to the checksum provided by the original publisher...
if you download a file by FTP it's up to you to compare the final checksums to make sure it's the file that you expected.
if you download a file by torrent it's up to you to compare the final checksums to make sure it the file that you expected.
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