Getting properties right to maintain very large offline website download

11/05/2009 09:09 pm
I'm trying to understand the impact of these settings (properties) and menu commands:

Project Properties:
Download only Modified and new files
Check file size
Download All files
Do not download existing files

Under the (green down arrow) Download icon on the toolbar:
Download [just clicking on the green down arrow]
Restart download
Update Project
Download missing files
Site Map

Here is my actual problem and why I need to understand these (or other) options, properties, or commands:

Without testing first, I decided to download a large site of PDF files that I need to have offline. I decided that I would need to go back once in a while to see if there were any new or replaced (modified) PDF files. I had already downloaded a HUGE number of files. So I created a test site and put a few files in it to see how to do this.

Now I've tried several combinations of these commands and project properties and I can't figure out what I really need. I should be ashamed because I'm a long time user of Offline Explorer but usually my need was just to get a site and, use it offline when I needed to, and that was the end of it. This is my first time trying to /maintain/ an offline site. As large as it is (almost 40k files, almost 80GB data), I need to get properties and process right.

11/05/2009 09:11 pm
I guess that I should ass that my concern is that it would start downloading all the files again (not acceptable or neglect to download an existing (but modified) file.

Thanks again,
11/05/2009 09:13 pm
Uh -- really sorry for bad typing. I meant to say, "I really should ADD" not what I typed. Note that the letter D is next to the letter S, and I'm using a notebook style keyboard, the letters being so close together. I didn't notice until the post came up after I submitted it. SO SORRY!
Oleg Chernavin
11/06/2009 08:03 am
"Download only Modified and new files" and "Update Project" have the same effect for the download. I think, they are really what you need. The "Do not load existing files" is useful when you have a partially loaded Project (you stopped it manually) and you want to continue from the stop point.

Best regards,
Oleg Chernavin
MP Staff
11/06/2009 09:06 am
Thank you!
Oleg Chernavin
11/06/2009 09:15 am
You are welcome!