[PATCH setup 0/2] Improve behavior after download error

Ken Brown kbrown@cornell.edu
Thu Nov 9 16:42:00 GMT 2017

On 11/9/2017 8:21 AM, Jon Turney wrote:
> On 08/11/2017 18:52, Brian Inglis wrote:
>> On 2017-11-08 07:35, Ken Brown wrote:
>>> On 11/7/2017 1:56 PM, Jon Turney wrote:
>>>> On 07/11/2017 04:28, Brian Inglis wrote:
>>>>> On 2017-11-06 14:49, Ken Brown wrote:
>>>>>> This is a followup to
>>>>>> https://sourceware.org/ml/cygwin-apps/2017-11/msg00003.html.  The
>>>>>> focus of that thread was a crash that occurs on the topic/libsolv
>>>>>> branch.  Here I'm more interested in a UI issue.  Namely, I don't
>>>>>> think it's reasonable that setup goes back to the site page if the
>>>>>> user clicks Yes in response to "Download Incomplete. Try again?".
>>>>>> This is not what the message says will happen, and I'm not convinced
>>>>>> that it even works right if the user changes mirrors after being sent
>>>>>> to the site page.
>>>>> Would it make more sense to drop to the package chooser page, after 
>>>>> issuing the
>>>>> error message and advising the user to: select Back to go to the 
>>>>> package chooser
>>>>> page, select Next to retry the downloads, or select Cancel to exit?
>>>> Do we actually report the package name for the failed download so 
>>>> that the
>>>> user could make an informed change in the package chooser?
>>> No.  Currently the only way for the user to find out is to finish the 
>>> setup run
>>> and then look at the log.  There's been a FIXME about this at the end of
>>> download.cc:download_one() since 2001.  Maybe it's time to fix this.  
>>> We could
>>> simply keep a list of packages (or files?) for which the download 
>>> failed, and
>>> then report this in the "Download incomplete" dialog.
> Note that in the pathological case of a mirror which only has a 
> setup.ini, the list of failed packages could be very large.

I guess we should limit the number of failed packages that we report. 
Alternatively, we could make it a fatal error if there are too many, and 
refer the user to the log for the full list.

I'm working on a patch.


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