Remove Parted Magic from distributions list

Bug #1040787 reported by Patrick Verner on 2012-08-23
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Bug Description

I'm the developer of Parted Magic. I like your program very much and I tell my users to use it.

In the main dialog you can select Parted Magic and then a version/latest live. This has been wrong for quite some time and users are getting confused. Unetbootin points to some really old i486 version when latest live is selected.

It would be best to just remove Parted Magic from the distributions list and let me deal with it directly from my forum or documents.

Geza Kovacs (gezakovacs) wrote :

Rather than removing it, if you want to be able to manage the downloads yourself, could you perchance provide a redirector to the latest iso file (so when you make a new release, you just update the redirector, and UNetbootin will just follow the redirector, that way you always have the correct release)? Even if I remove the option in later versions, it won't apply retroactively to older versions, so it won't be fixing your issue.

Geza Kovacs (gezakovacs) wrote :

If you want info on how to create the redirector, see for an example in php. Basically, you would create something a folder like "parted-magic-latest.iso" on your website, inside that create index.php containing:

header( 'Location: http://some-mirror/latest-version.iso' ) ;

And whenever you create a new release, just update that file, and UNetbootin will get the iso from the new source. Would that work with you?

Patrick Verner (exodusrobot) wrote :

I made a redirect:

Past problems with unetbootin are not fixable. It has one of my mirrors that I can't access hard-coded to a zip file. It always downloads the latest i486 PXE version and fails to boot. I'm not blaming unetbootin for this. Years ago I used to zip the iso because some colleges were blocking the extension ".iso", but would accept "". I switched back to .iso because of more complaints and this is when the trouble I caused started. I also didn't have Parted Magic on SF either.

I guess for the next release of Unetbootin you can use the new link. When the new version comes out, I'll tell everybody not to use older versions of Unetbootin unless they plan to download the iso themselves and pick it manually. I can't expect the guy providing the mirror to do a redirect for every release.

Geza Kovacs (gezakovacs) wrote :

So I haven't made this release the default one yet (will do so in a few days unless any regressions crop up), but now downloads the ISO from the redirect. Also, I noticed your redirect is an HTML redirect; while I've added support for that type of redirect and it'll work just fine, a PHP redirect like the one I gave you above might be better because wget and some other tools don't support HTML redirects (but if it's just for UNetbootin to use, it's fine as-is).

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