Download Director, when it works correctly, is wonderful. It has a few issues like it downloads to your PC rather than directly to the system and the downloaded file names make no sense whatever. The biggest issue though is the hail of java updates recently means only 1 in 5 times can I even get the thing to run.

FTP however I have used since the dawn of Fix Central. Scripts on i that need only the directory name dropped in pull the PTFs directly to the the proper directory. No interference on my PC, uses bandwidth at the office not at home, and while it's not as fast for a single file (max about 650KB or so) I can run a big ole bunchfull of them in parallel and they each get that amount.

At one time the chief coder for Fix Central bought Jim O and I lunch at a COMMON conference as we had been helping them with design issues and testing. He informed us that IBM was intending to drop the FTP option. Our reaction was swift and in total agreement: "No WAY! Who do we have to call!!!" Must have worked, FTP is still there!

- Larry "DrFranken" Bolhuis

On 7/31/2014 5:59 AM, paultherrien@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:

I was trying to download the latest cume for 7.1 yesterday and having
troubles as well. In the end, I used the FTP option.
Part of my issue was that java was failing on the PC I was using. But what
was annoying was that I could never get the Download Director to pick up
where I left off, or even just restart the download. Fix central insisted
on rebuilding my download request and putting me off for 2 hours. After the
third time I went to the FTP option.


-----Original Message-----
From: MIDRANGE-L [mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Mike
Sent: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 5:06 PM
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion (midrange-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx)
Subject: Fix Central and Download director

Have been using Fix Central and Download Director to get PTF images to my PC
for years without issue.
Now, have been trying for about a week to get TR8 and cume,hiper,db for 7.1
system. Starts out looking like everything is good using 6 to 8 connections,
then after about 2-3% of first file download the connections slowly drop off
and I'll get Server busy try again later which results in the same thing.
Anyone know what's going on here?

Michael McClain
HICI (a Shelter Insurance Company)
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