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#1 2012-06-01 07:53:31

olive
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From: Belgium
Registered: 2008-06-22
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Setting a big download to "nice" prioprity.

One feature I am missing is the ability to start a big download as nice. I mean with low priority, so that it is only downloaded when the internet connection is not otherwise used. It would allow me to start big downloads for hours without slowing down my browsing experience, in just the same way we can put a long CPU intensive app on nice. Is there anything related to this? If yes how can it be used?

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#2 2012-06-01 07:59:30

JackH79
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Re: Setting a big download to "nice" prioprity.

Don't know about automatic bandwidth scaling but you could use:

wget --limit-rate=50k <mydownloadurl>

set 50k to whatever you can/want to spare. See man wget for more infos.

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#3 2012-06-01 08:51:52

olive
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From: Belgium
Registered: 2008-06-22
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Re: Setting a big download to "nice" prioprity.

JackH79 wrote:

Don't know about automatic bandwidth scaling but you could use:

wget --limit-rate=50k <mydownloadurl>

set 50k to whatever you can/want to spare. See man wget for more infos.

This is not what I want. I want that the download uses all not otherwise used bandwidth. It will use full bandwidth unless there are other tasks with higher priority. Given the fact that browsing the web is not very bandwidth intensive it would allow me to browse the web at full speed while only marginally slowing down the download. This is exactly what nice do for the CPU.

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#4 2012-06-01 10:05:43

defears
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Registered: 2010-07-26
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Re: Setting a big download to "nice" prioprity.

I don't know of an Arch way to do this but my Netgear router has a setting called QOS (Quality of servce) that does exatly that for different computers and individual programs on different computers. Might save you from downloading another package if you already have the ability.

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#5 2012-06-01 12:29:27

karol
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Registered: 2009-05-06
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Re: Setting a big download to "nice" prioprity.

+1 for QoS but you can try trickle, wondershaper or some similar app.

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