Problems to download packages

Peter Flynn peter at
Fri Aug 30 14:47:37 CEST 2019

On 30/08/2019 10:39, Raphael Scheible wrote:
> Dear support-team,
> I encounter a problem when downloading packages from tug's ftp server.
> Every time after I successfully downloaded a package, I have the
> impression, that the server blocks me. Then, I have to wait several
> minutes, until I can perform the next download.
> Could you help me out?

The old FTP (protocol) operates in a very unusual way, for irrelevant 
historical reasons, and it performs a lot of processing in the act of 
termination. It is very common for FTP actions to spend a long time 
finishing a file.

What are you downloading from there that is not available on CTAN?


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