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Gavin Bridger wrote:Registered a new email address (by mistake) and got sent the following email (see bottom of post). Links 2 and 3 download the same manual, file name: "RocketMassHeater-Annex6-letter.pdf"

Email Subject: subscribed to paul wheaton's permaculture

You did it! You signed up for my daily-ish email. While I think of what sort of practical jokes I can do with this precious information, here are your promised treats:

Permaculture Voices Presentations by Willie Smits-
http://richsoil.com/willie-smits.php

Rocket Mass Heater Plans-
http://richsoil.com/annex-plans.php

Rocket Mass Heater Operation and Maintenance Manual-
http://richsoil.com/rmh-manual.php

Rocket Mass Heater Podcast Gob-
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[edited by paul wheaton to remove link that should not be publicly shared]



So did you get the pdf downloaded successfully?
 
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Tiffani Nute wrote:I was able to dl the Rocket Mass Heater Manual, but when I opened it I received an error message about the document not being able to open. Hope this helps!



thanks for the feedback tiffani, could I get a bit of more info from you? what operating system were you using? what browser were you using? how big was the file?
 
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Dillon Nichols wrote:Still had the old problems with the file downloading, but not being a valid .pdf.

Switched from Firefox to Seamonkey in lieu of clearing cookies, worked fine on 1st try after that.



what operating system?

what was the file size of the non valid one? and the valid one?
 
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evan l pierce wrote:First time I downloaded it a couple days ago it worked just fine.

Just now after getting a plotskateers email I tried again and while it downloaded successfully, when I tried to open it it said it was damaged.

Hope this info helps.



hey evan,

could I get a bit of more info from you? what operating system were you using? what browser were you using? how big was the file?
 
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Bo Hayes wrote:Hi Cassie,

I just attempted to download the Rocket Mass Heater Manual and it still appears to be corrupted... "Oh bother", said Pooh! And thanks for all your hard work, Cassie.



hey bo thanks for relaying the info,

could I get a bit of more info from you? what operating system were you using? what browser were you using? how big was the file?
 
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No problems on android lollipop.
 
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Dillon Nichols wrote:...just went to retest in Firefox and this time got a working copy of 'RocketMassHeater-Annex6-Letter', instead...

Huh?



hey dillon,

you need to clear your cookies and try to process again.
 
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Rodney Adams wrote:Downloads, but is corrupt.



could I get some more info? what is your operating system? what browser were you using? what was the file size?
 
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Claire Arrowsmith wrote:the RMH manual seemed to download ok but would not open due to corruption :/

Claire



could I get some more info? what is your operating system? what browser were you using? what was the file size?
 
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herb thompson wrote:The download of Ernie and Erica's Rocket Mass Heater is coming up damaged or in need of repair when I try to open it in multiple PDF viewers. This is tested as of 1:00PM PST.



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Cassie , just downloaded the rocketmass heater manual , worked this time
 
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Per request in daily-ish email "calling all plotskateers", successfully downloaded manual at 16:18 mountain time.
 
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as requested, successfully downloaded "rocket-mass-heater-manual", quick & easy (after previous unsuccessful attempts).

much appreciation to everyone for their forensics & the Wisner-artistry!
 
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Downloaded this afternoon on a mac with Firefox, worked fine, got a 16.5 MB file that opens and looks good.
 
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Got it--first time's a charm. Chrome on Yosemite, opened with Chrome.
 
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Just downloaded Ernie and Erica Wisner's Rocket Mass Heater Manual (using Explorer)

Try one was interrupted before completion
Try two was successful

Thank you for the great work you do!
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I've downloaded successfully the "Chapter 4" version and had previously successfully downloaded the "Annex 6" version. They open up nicely and all is well. I have done it from home in Montana, and on the road in Europe and now in Asia. I'm using Win7 and Chrome.
 
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I had to try three times to get the RMH manual to download properly. I'm on a mac and using Safari. This first time it took forever to download and then wouldn't open, second time not as long to download but still wouldn't open, third time was a charm. The first time was soon after getting the email with the link, second time was the next morning and the third time was maybe a day later.
 
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Tried to download on my iPhone last night and it worked just fine--thanks!
 
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Worked properly on the first try. Thanks, everyone!
 
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I was able to download it the 1st time it was offered.

I am running Windows 7.
Latest Firefox, latest Chrome

Clicked on link from Firefox. I have it setup to always ask to download.
When opening the PDF in chrome I get a "Failed to Load PDF Document" Error

cli commands done from cygwin on the file:



Tried Right-click Save Link as method - Firefox




Tried using Chrome Right-click Save Link as method



I got a different file size each time.
When viewed in a text editor the beginnings of each file seem to be the same.
The download seems to be ending prematurely.

I'm on a 1.5MB connection, maybe it's too slow and the connection is resetting mid stream?

Maybe server is having memory / swap issues? What does htop look like?

I hope this helps
 
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2 attempts, on a Samsung tablet. Got it on the third go.

Many thanks for this.
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I am. It says the file cannot be opened.
 
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Hi Cassie, thank you for hosting this site!
Had significant trouble doing the original download over the weekend using Chrome , it kept timing out. But did eventually succeed Sunday evening. I think it was just mostly to many others also trying at the same time.

Tried again yesterday at work using my IPhone and Safari and it worked just fine.

Thank you
 
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Downloaded fine and file opened fine on my first try.

I used my phone for this test since I couldn't even get the download to complete on my phone during the original offer.

Thanks!
 
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Downloaded and opened fine with latest firefox version and windows 7.
 
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I tried twice (April 2@9.30 am), both times it said PDF failed to load.

3rd time it loaded the Annex plans.
 
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Julia Winter wrote:I had to try three times to get the RMH manual to download properly. I'm on a mac and using Safari. This first time it took forever to download and then wouldn't open, second time not as long to download but still wouldn't open, third time was a charm. The first time was soon after getting the email with the link, second time was the next morning and the third time was maybe a day later.



was this the first time I sent out the link in the dailyish email? or was this after the plotskateers email?
 
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Chad Sentman wrote:I am. It says the file cannot be opened.



chad, thanks for reporting. could I get a bit more information? what operating system were you on? and what about your browser? how big was the file that said it could not be opened?
 
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Downloaded 32 page document beginning at Chapter 4 - Operation and Maintenance. Should I have started at chapter 1?
 
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Karl wi wrote:2 attempts, on a Samsung tablet. Got it on the third go.

Many thanks for this.
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which browser were you using? and could you tell me the file sizes of each file?
 
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Succeeded downloading now!
 
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Kolomona Myer wrote:I was able to download it the 1st time it was offered.

I am running Windows 7.
Latest Firefox, latest Chrome

Clicked on link from Firefox. I have it setup to always ask to download.
When opening the PDF in chrome I get a "Failed to Load PDF Document" Error

cli commands done from cygwin on the file:



Tried Right-click Save Link as method - Firefox




Tried using Chrome Right-click Save Link as method



I got a different file size each time.
When viewed in a text editor the beginnings of each file seem to be the same.
The download seems to be ending prematurely.

I'm on a 1.5MB connection, maybe it's too slow and the connection is resetting mid stream?

Maybe server is having memory / swap issues? What does htop look like?

I hope this helps



so I am a bit confused. you downloaded it successfully the first time I sent out the email? and then it failed 3 times when I sent out the second email? to the plotskateers?
 
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Tom Kozak wrote:I tried twice (April 2@9.30 am), both times it said PDF failed to load.

3rd time it loaded the Annex plans.



thanks for the feedback tom,

could i get some more info from you? what operating system are you on? what browser were you using? and what were the file sizes of the failed pdfs?
 
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Hi there, I downloaded the RMH candy 4/2/15 on Win 7 IE 11 and had no problems. Thanks
 
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It worked for me on the fourth try over several days. The successful one was right before I got the appeal for feedback.
 
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Cassie Langstraat wrote:
so I am a bit confused. you downloaded it successfully the first time I sent out the email? and then it failed 3 times when I sent out the second email? to the plotskateers?



That is correct. When it was first offered I downloaded it just fine. Then I got the plotskateers email and tried 3 more times with no success.
 
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Worked for me, thanks!
 
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I figured out how to clear the relevant cookies for just this site in Firefox, and did so. And then I used the link in the "Plotskateers" email to go to the download of the manual. (Before clearing cookies it went back to the annex 6" one) I then downloaded the manual DIRECTLY (did not have to open in Firefox then save, just direct download to laptop with Windows 7) and now it works via direct download. Whatever you did to tinker with it has fixed it for me at least. And yes I did have it working already (through open then save) but I was curious!

The size of the working direct download manual is 16.5 MB (17,341,647 bytes)
size on disk is 16.5 MB (17,342,464 bytes)
 
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Downloaded 16.5mb of Rocket Mass Heater manual goodness with no problems!
 
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