Re: Metalink XML Download Description Format (draft-bryan-metalink-01)
On Mon, Sep 1, 2008 at 12:44 AM, Anthony Bryan <anthonybryan@g...> wrote: > Greetings, > > Here is the Internet Draft for Metalink, available at > http://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-bryan-metalink-01 > with interim revisions at > http://metalinks.svn.sourceforge.net/viewvc/metalinks/internetdraft/ . > We're looking for review and public comments. > > Metalink is currently supported by some 35 applications and used by > projects such as OpenOffice.org, openSUSE, Ubuntu, cURL, and others. > > Metalink is an XML-based document format that describes a file or > lists of files to be added to a download queue. Lists are composed > of a number of files, each with an extensible set of attached > metadata. For example, each file can have a description, checksum, > and list of URIs that it is available from. > > The primary use case that Metalink addresses is the description of > downloadable content in a format so download agents can act > intelligently and recover from common errors with little or no user > interaction necessary. These errors can include multiple servers > going down and data corrupted in transmission. A new version of this draft is available at http://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-bryan-metalink-04 It contains clarifications including a simpler "Securing Metalink Documents" section. As always, we welcome comments and suggestions. We could also use help with - Inclusion of digital signatures (other than PGP) of a file listed in a metalink. For instance, files are frequently signed with PGP (section 4.2.14), and these can be included in a metalink so signature verification can be automated: <signature type="pgp"> -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: GnuPG v1.4.9 (GNU/Linux) iEYEABECAAYFAkkcJgEACgkQeOEcayedXJFf6QCgy9pkyqqTtRZiZlz4GSLr1D13 avAAoMrPU7nomJysDbqo3uTDYcdbpz2T =GBjI -----END PGP SIGNATURE----- </signature> We don't describe other ways to sign a file and include it in the metalink. If you are familiar with other ways, please help us add these to the draft. Thanks! -- (( Anthony Bryan ... Metalink [ http://www.metalinker.org ] )) Easier, More Reliable, Self Healing Downloads
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