On Sat, 28 Jun 2014 03:56:02 +0000, binarydepth wrote:

> Aria should tell that if it doesn't. Don't you think ?

It's difficult to judge how much bandwidth is available. TCP doesn't
work like that - it has some built-in dynamic throttling based on whether
or not a request is sent and a response isn't received, but there's no in-
built way for the software to ask "how fast is my connection?". That's
why (for example) torrent speed throttling by the client is inexact; it
operates by denying the inbound data a response, so the sender will
throttle back on how fast the data is being sent in order to cut down on

It also depends on how many concurrent connections the server is
configured to permit overall and per client. You might want to open 12
connections to the server, but if the server only permits 4 per client,
then you're not going to get an optimal speed over 12 connections.
Similarly, if the server is configured to limit the amount of outbound
data being sent to an individual connection or to a specific client,
that's also a factor.

As are the network links between you and the server. I guarantee you
that if you have a 30 Mbps connection (as I do) and you connect to a
server that's got 10 Mbps or 100 Mbps worth of bandwidth available to it,
but there's a high-latency 56 Kbps link between you and the server,
you're not going to max out your connection.

The same is true even if you have a full 30 Mbps between you and the
server, unless you have a dedicated connection to that server, because
other people are using that bandwidth as well.

It's not such a simple problem to solve, because networks aren't simply

> Of course many CLI users have enough common sense. I'm biased to
> precision but Aria would stop if the download already finished.

Naturally it would stop if the download was done - there would be no more
data to send.


Jim Henderson, CNA6, CDE, CNI, LPIC-1, CLA10, CLP10
Novell/SUSE/NetIQ Knowledge Partner