… it WILL be your trial executable, without fail. Murphy’s law. One freaking byte on disk got corrupted at some point within the last week and I just found out about it today, by someone who was kind enough to write in and say “Heya, this won’t install, says the file is corrupted. And I downloaded it three times”). One quick download later and I was able to reproduce the error, which is funny because I haven’t uploaded anything to that directory on the server in literally weeks. Did a quick hex diff and, boom, one byte out of place, which called NSIS to say “Uh oh, checksums don’t match, I’m out of here”. *sigh* Well, better to know about it and be able to fix it than to not know about it, right?
If One File On Your Web Server Gets Corrupted…
Originally written: October 29, 2006
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I never touched Unix in my life before going to college, but it was the development environment of choice for most of the upper-level coursework at school (lower level was Windows + Emacs… not a combination I would recommend given the excellent Java IDEs which exist right now, incidentally), and so I’ve gotten very used to having my good friends ls, grep, wc, and gawk available on my machine. I use Cygwin to have them available on my Windows box, because while Linux is a lovely operating system in many ways I rather enjoy having iTunes and games available.
Update: See Nick Hebb in the comments for something I didn’t think to check for. This won’t work. Ahh well. I’ll leave it up for posterity.