I was downloading a 4.0 GB file using axel. When it reached 98%, it displayed "Write Error". I still have 30+ GB of free disk space.

I tried to run axel again, and got "Write Error" again. Here is the actual display:

State file found: 4251724925 bytes downloaded, 62428035 to go.
Starting download

,,,,,,,,,, ,,,,,,,,,, ,,,,,.....

Write error!

Downloaded 5.0 kilobytes in 0 seconds. (0.00 KB/s)

How can I fix this?

  • Is axel axel.alioth.debian.org? Is this over http? Have you tried with a different download client, say wget? wget -c has the advantage of being restartable. – Faheem Mitha May 25 '11 at 15:59
  • I'm using Gentoo. Ang I installed axel using the emerge feature of Gentoo so I have no idea where axel came from. Anyway, I am certain that it is over http. I will try wget if this issue cannot be fixed. Thanks. – Neigyl Noval May 25 '11 at 16:03
  • Does axel support restartable downloads? Also, your package manager may show the home page. With Debian, apt-cache show axel shows the page. In any case, I expect it is the same project. Yes, I'd give wget a try if applicable. – Faheem Mitha May 25 '11 at 16:04
  • On experience, download continues when I restart axel from which it ended from. – Neigyl Noval May 25 '11 at 16:06
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    You could give the axel mailing lists a try. If the file is publicly downloadable. I recommend you submit a bug report. – Faheem Mitha May 25 '11 at 16:08

Which version are you using? You might have been hit by this bug if the version you've installed is too old to include its patch.

  • I was using 2.3. I have just downloaded 2.4 and it worked very fine. Thanks! – Neigyl Noval May 25 '11 at 16:35

FAT32 has a 4Gbyte limit for files. If you're saving this to a FAT32 partition or flash drive this could be an issue.

  • The partition saved is actually ext3. Will that bear same issue? How to solve it? – Neigyl Noval May 25 '11 at 15:53

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