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#1 2019-01-06 13:46:34

Lacy69
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From: Lamar, Colorado
Registered: 2016-06-20
Posts: 38

Download issues

I am noticing that stories under a certain amount you can download but stories like potential and girls in the grass well not let you down load it searches for the file and i have went 5 minutes with no results

thanks

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#2 2019-01-06 19:22:12

Eric Storm
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From: New Port Richey, FL
Registered: 2006-09-12
Posts: 4778
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Re: Download issues

I have tested this, and discovered the issue is not length of story.  There seem to be specific chapters that cause issues with the zipping process.  I will try to look into this, but I hold out very little hope of figuring out what's causing the problem.  I may have to simply look for a different function library to do the zipping with.

Please be patient.
Eric Storm


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#3 2019-01-06 20:41:23

Lacy69
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From: Lamar, Colorado
Registered: 2016-06-20
Posts: 38

Re: Download issues

Thank you for the response also just to let you know that i have downloaded Girls in the Grass and it worked in the past. Not sure if that will help you

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#4 2019-03-07 15:56:12

geolaw
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Registered: 2019-01-31
Posts: 2

Re: Download issues

I've noticed it too - on my phone I will eventually get a time out. if I click back and then click the button again, sometimes it will download it immedialtey, other times it will go through another timeout

Could be server side with it trying to read from the database, write to disk, and then assemble the zip file.

I've also written a script on my local computer (linux) that takes the .zip file, unpacks, tweaks the table of contents, then creates an epub from it.
(based on the calibre ebook reader ebook-convert program). 

Admin willing to trade some access for server/programming? 3dsmile

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#5 2019-03-07 16:19:38

geolaw
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Registered: 2019-01-31
Posts: 2

Re: Download issues

This is what I just got about 11:17AM EST March 7th

Service Unavailable

The server is temporarily unable to service your request due to maintenance downtime or capacity problems. Please try again later.

Additionally, a 503 Service Unavailable error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.

I clicked back, clicked Download again and boom, it downloaded immediately

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#6 2019-03-07 16:35:23

Eric Storm
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From: New Port Richey, FL
Registered: 2006-09-12
Posts: 4778
Website

Re: Download issues

1.  No, I'm not about to give anyone access to my account.  I've been burned on website issues already.  Especially since I'm trying to create a NEW version of the site, not prop up this decaying beast.
2. Any error that talks about server availability is completely beyond my control.  GoDaddy controls the server, not me.

Eric Storm


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#7 2019-08-05 03:24:54

Doc Spratley
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Registered: 2007-05-01
Posts: 19

Re: Download issues

Ahhhhh! The fun with technology.  Please post a note when and if you get this problem rectified.  TTFN

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#8 2019-11-05 10:09:04

SS54
Tipsy
Registered: 2019-08-03
Posts: 4

Re: Download issues

Eric:

I have a question for you about The Wolf Pub. I have seen no stories updated in over a month. That includes The Woodward Acadamy. I am just wondering if it is just my computer or is it infact that no postings have happened? I love this site and would hate to miss any stories. 3dhmm                             Thanks for All You Do For This Site.

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#9 2019-11-05 10:28:12

Eric Storm
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From: New Port Richey, FL
Registered: 2006-09-12
Posts: 4778
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Re: Download issues

Content production on this site is at a low, yes.  There will be a release of WAY8 within the next week or so, but this site is basically dead, unfortunately.

Eric Storm


Please Remember:  The right to Freedom of Speech does not carry the proviso, "As long as it doesn't upset anyone."  The US Constitution does not grant you the right to not be offended.  If you don't like what someone's saying... IGNORE THEM.
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#10 2019-11-06 13:14:54

SS54
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Registered: 2019-08-03
Posts: 4

Re: Download issues

Thank you for the info. As I said this is my favorite site on the web and I love your writting.

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#11 2019-12-04 23:35:11

SS54
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Registered: 2019-08-03
Posts: 4

Re: Download issues

I may have a temporary fix for the long story down loads! I have found that after your down load fails refresh the page and then try it.  It worked well for me. It may also work for you also. All I can say is give it a shot!

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#12 2019-12-04 23:41:18

SS54
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Registered: 2019-08-03
Posts: 4

Re: Download issues

Sorry Eric that will not help with the site Problem but it may help the people get the downloads they want!

Last edited by SS54 (2019-12-04 23:42:01)

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#13 2020-01-08 20:47:00

tcyrille
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From: paris, france
Registered: 2008-06-29
Posts: 3

Re: Download issues

hello there i don't know if it's the same bug but i have a FATAL ERROR: UpdCH when trying to download potential within the lastest chrome version if that's help

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#14 2020-01-09 00:36:31

Eric Storm
Pub Owner
From: New Port Richey, FL
Registered: 2006-09-12
Posts: 4778
Website

Re: Download issues

That's an unrelated problem.  Just try to download again.

Thank you for letting me know of the error, though.

Eric Storm


Please Remember:  The right to Freedom of Speech does not carry the proviso, "As long as it doesn't upset anyone."  The US Constitution does not grant you the right to not be offended.  If you don't like what someone's saying... IGNORE THEM.
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#15 2020-01-12 10:46:19

nirev
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Registered: 2007-10-08
Posts: 2

Re: Download issues

Hi, I'm constantly getting FATAL ERROR: UpdCH, constantly clicking back and retrying sometimes helps. Even switching to text or html sometimes works. Although I prefer the html version.

I'm downloading the stories so I can read offline on my mobile as it's near impossible to read the site on a phone screen.

Could there possibly be a way to have the whole story pre-converted to html/pdf/doc/epub file and made available for download? Instead of the php modules trying to format and zip? I've been hitting back and forth on some of the novels and I'm stuck with downloading the my girl novels.

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#16 2020-01-12 18:15:56

Eric Storm
Pub Owner
From: New Port Richey, FL
Registered: 2006-09-12
Posts: 4778
Website

Re: Download issues

What you're asking for is a major rewrite of two or three different scripts.  This is something I am not going to do to this version of the website, as I am trying to put my programming efforts toward a new version.

I know what causes this error, but I'm not quite sure why you're seeing it so frequently.  In any case, really, if you want to read the site online on your phone, simply click the button that says, "Click here to view this story/image in a new window".  It will fill your browser screen with nothing but the chapter you're reading.  That's what that button is there for: to make mobile viewing easier until I can get a site redesign accomplished.  Please note that this button will not appear unless you are logged in.

Eric Storm


Please Remember:  The right to Freedom of Speech does not carry the proviso, "As long as it doesn't upset anyone."  The US Constitution does not grant you the right to not be offended.  If you don't like what someone's saying... IGNORE THEM.
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#17 2020-01-12 18:31:53

nirev
Tipsy
Registered: 2007-10-08
Posts: 2

Re: Download issues

I didn't mean for that to happen, thought we can just add a link some place for pre done pdf versions. Anyway, I tried the mobile only version, it didn't fit well on my screen.

I did manage to get what I wanted downloaded though and the easiest way is to just download by batches. Example, if a novel is 50 pages, just download every 5-10 chapters, that helped tremendously. I just convert everything to pdf format and combine them with free tools. At least it's a temporary workaround till you are done redesigning it. I can't wait to see the new site:)

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#18 2020-01-12 18:45:47

Eric Storm
Pub Owner
From: New Port Richey, FL
Registered: 2006-09-12
Posts: 4778
Website

Re: Download issues

1.  There is a difference between the "mobile version" of the site, and the button I am talking about.  The button I am talking about appears on every single story chapter page, and it opens the chapter in a window without any interface around it: it is nothing more than the actual text file.  I don't see how that could not "fit well" on your screen.

2. I have fixed the "UpdCH" error problem.  Not in a way that will make contributors happy, but at least the site is functional again.

3. pre-converted files... do you have any idea how many stories are on this site?  We may not be Stories Online, but you're still talking several HUNDRED stories.  They would have to be manually converted three times: HTML, TXT, and EPUB.  Given how utterly abysmal PDF files are for using on varied devices, I would not pre-convert to that one anyway.  I would convert to EPUB instead of Palmdoc.  (Palmdoc was popular when I first designed the site, okay???)  That's probably close to 1000 conversions, if not more.  And every time someone uploaded something, I'd have to re-do those three conversions for that story.  The new version of the site will, in fact, only have "complete" downloads as an option, but they will be created by automation, not by hand.  My original thought - the reason that these versions are created on the fly - was that people would only have to download the new chapter, to add to their collection, rather than having to re-download text they already have.  In 2006, bandwidth was more important a consideration than it is now.

Eric Storm


Please Remember:  The right to Freedom of Speech does not carry the proviso, "As long as it doesn't upset anyone."  The US Constitution does not grant you the right to not be offended.  If you don't like what someone's saying... IGNORE THEM.
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