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13 December 2009

 

MM-site zip version



At long last there is a zip-version of my site for the convenience of my readers. It exists in three formats, as follows.

Here are the sections, and if you are interested in downloading large parts or all of the site, you probably first should check out section 6:

1. Zip formats of the site
2. The directory-structure + zipped directories
3. Explanationas + Recipes
4. General advice and helpful remarks
5. Remark on the links on the site and on my copyright

6. Who is it for?
     The site as E-book

1. Zip formats of the site

First, there is a new directory zip attached to the starting directory, that contains all the zipfiles, in standard zip-format, made by the Windows-XP utility for that end.

Second, this new zip contains in its root a version the whole site zipped in one zip-file

This is the whole-site-as-zipped-on-13-december-2009, including directory-structure and zip-files mostly per directory. It mirrors the directory-structure of the site fairly closely but not completely.

The reason to include the directory-structure is that you'll need it if you want to keep the links working from one file on the site, in a copy of it on your harddisk, to another file, in another directory, similarly located.

Also, it is convenient to have the zips per directory, so that's what you get in the full version of the site, that indeed should contain almost all (but not precisely all that's on the site, for I have left out some files relating to computing, and a few others).

Third, there is a list of zipfiles per directory that follows, also by way of the directory-structure of the site.

This allows you to pick and choose from directories and download per directory, which avoids downloading directories that don't interest you, but has the setbacks that the links in the files to files outside that same directory will fail and that the images that are used may not display, which is somewhat inconvenient with the many arrows in files that leads to the previous and next files in a linked series of files. (Clicking still works, even if no arrow is displayed.)

Here follows a survey of it all, starting in the directory zip. Note that I copied the names of the directories, and that if any of these is a link, it is to a zip-file that you can download (in standard webbrowsers) by rightclicking and then choosing "download". What you then get is a zipfile of the contents of that directory on the site, where you can see for yourself what should be in it - with the proviso that the zipfiles you can download are from a certain date and that image-files may not work. (Some may, for I have tried over the last month to put imagefiles in the directories they work in.)

At present, the date of the zipfiles is: December 13, 2009 which is to say it contains the files of the named directories of that day.

For some instructions, click the link Explanations + Recipes.

2. The directory-structure + zipped directories


Maartensz
    computing
        Assembly
        Basic
        BitsAndPieces
        Pascal
        Prolog
        Smalltalk
        squeak
     help
        map
        news
        notes
        tips
        tour
     log
        2004
        2005
        2006
        2007
        2008
        2009
     logic
        Clifford
        Edwards
        Induction
     me
     meinadam 
        2008ME
        2009ME
        buromedisch
        CV
        galerij
        gggd
        mein_10j
        mein_dam
        Nedernieuws
        notities
        politics
        VanTraa
     philosophy
        aristotle
            Ethics
               Notes
            Politics
               Notes
     Boetie
         Tekst
         Text
      Burckhardt
            Notes
      chamfort
          English
             Notes
          French
      descartes
          meditiations
              notes
      Dictionary
           A
           B
           books
           C
           D
           E
           F
           G
           H
           I
           J
           K
           L
           M
           N
           O
           P
           Q
           R
           S
           sites
           T
           U
           V
           W
           X
           Y
           Z
      Epictetus
         Manual
      hazlitt
      Hobbes
      Hume
           EnquiryMorals
               Notes
           EnquiryUnderstanding
               Notes
      James
           Principles
      leibniz
           monadology
                notes
           NouveauxEssays
                notes
       maartensz
            ideeen
                A
                B
                C
                D
            PhilEssays
       machiavelli
           prince
               notes
       mill
           Government
               Notes
           Liberty
               Notes
           Utilitarianism
               Notes
       multatuli
           ideen1
           ideen2
           ideen3
           ideen4
           ideen5
           ideen6
           ideen7
           specialiteiten
       rochefoucauld
           notes
           text
       russell
           problems
               notes
       Swift
       wittgenstein
           Notes


3. Explanations + Recipes:

Explanations:

The listing above consists of names of the directories on the site, as they are on the site. This is of some importance if you want to preserve links in files that are in different directories of the site, for these should have the same names and belong to a directory-structure of the same form.

You can see the file's name in the above list by putting the cursor on it, and looking at the lowest line in your browser, which is Status Bar and will display the file-name - if Status Bar is selected to be seen in your browser. (If it isn't you can also right-click on its name and follow the sub-menu.)

The above listing doesn't contain ALL directories on the site, but those it doesn't contain (as in maartens/ideeen/A, for example) the subdirectories belonging to a directory are included already in the zipfile.

Otherwise, the listing copies the directory-names and directory-structures as they are on the site.

Recipes:

It is probably best to download the zip of the whole site, and there are a few more helpful remarks after the following recipes.

1. To get the whole site (or large parts of it):
    Download from the above link.
    Unzipping it produces all directories with their zipfiles, with the
    proper directory-structures and -names and all.
    To get the files in a directory, unzip the directory zipfile in the same
    directory (if you want to maintain links from and to files in other
    directories).
    If you do this with Windows Explorer's utility for zip-files, it offers you
    automatically to attach a directory, but this you have to delete.
    (See General advice and helpful remarks.)

2. To get a directory from the site:
    Find its name in the above list, rightclick, and click "download".  
    To get the files in a directory, unzip the directory zipfile.
    You may not get the image-files that are not in the same directory.  

3. To get several directories with preserved links:
    Either: Copy the directories as under 2.
              Copy the directories + structures you wish from the above list
                  somewhere on your harddisk.
              Unzip the directories in the same-named directories.
              You may not get the image-files that are not in the
              same directory.    
    Or else: Do as counselled under 1.
               Delete the directories you directories you don't want.

4. To get a file or several files form the site:
    Simply download them using your browser (File/Save As)

The above recipes should enable you to easily get what you want from the site, provided you can unzip the standard zipfiles you downloade, for which purpose there are many fine free - and some insanely expensive - utilities on the Web and some in Windows. (The files have been zipped with the standard zip-utility that comes with Windows XP.)

The main reason to include steps 2 and 3 is that step 1 involves a considerable download, which will may take several hours on a slow telephone-modem, if it works at all.

4. General advice and helpful remarks:

  • If you do have a fast connection (ADSL or better), all you need is recipe 1 and delete whatever you don't want. This also will - eventually: see the next points - include the image-files properly.
  • If you do have a fast connection recipe 1 is the recommended way to get the whole site or large parts of it. The other recipes are there to help those with slow internet-connections.
  • Note that recipe 1 is a zipfile of the directories the site with zipfiles of the files that belong in each directory, so that you have to unzip these as well, as explained in the following point.
  • To get the files in a directory, unzip the directory zipfile in the same
    directory (if you want to maintain links from and to files in other
    directories). Note this little inconvenience: If you do this with Windows Explorer's utility for zip-files, it offers you automatically to attach a directory, but this suggestion you have to delete. Thus, if you have proceeded by step 1 all the directories will be in place when you have unzipped it to whatever directory you chose, starting from "Maartensz", but you have to unzip all directories still AND take care it unzips in its own directory. Windows Explorer's zip-utility will offer e.g. when you want to unpack Maartensz/images/images.zip to unpack it in
    Maartensz/images/images but here you have to delete the last to
    Maartensz/images/ and then unzip it, and it will be done properly.
  • If you are following recipe 1, the best way is to unzip the large file where you want it (probably not very many directories away from the root of your hardddisk, by the way) and the unzip the Maartensz.zip and images.zip files in the directories Maartensz and Maartensz/images. The first will get you the site-index, and the second will give you most of the images in the files when these have been unzipped.
  • If you are not following recipe 1 but 2 or 3, the same applies, and you have to take care the above directory-structure and directory-names are maintained. 
  • To get (virtually) the whole site on your harddisk, you do have to download and unzip all directories as indicated above, in the proper directory.
  • If you really want the whole site and have a really fast internet-connection, you can download it as a whole (to preserve structure and links), but you should realize that
    - apart from the zip-files the site is almost 150 MB of text + images
    - the zip-files in the new zip-directory sum to another 80 MBs

5. Remark on the links on the site and on my copyright

There are over 250.000 links of the site, and some 9000 files, and by far the most links are to files on the site: The site really is one very strongly interlinked and interrelated hypertext, with many more internal links than most sites.

If the directory-names and -structures have been preserved as outlined above, the links should work also in and to the copies of files of the site on your harddisk, also the ones (about 1% in all) that are to other sites, if you're internet-connection is working.

It should work, if you have followed the above recipes, because the files on the site have relative URLs and the files not on the site have absolute URLs.

If things don't work in any major way (a few links may fail), you can e-mail me, provided you proceed as explained as in
E-mails.

Finally - and although I'm rather sure some Ph.D.s have been founded on the material on my site - please note that the texts on this site which are not in the public domain, which is true of the philosophical classics on this site, do have my copyright, as explained in Copyright.

This means in particular that you can do with the texts of the philosophical classics as you please, but not with the extensive notes I wrote for most of them.

If you do wish to have some of my own texts on your site, you can always ask and explain for what end. Unless your site is commercial, or requires payment or a registration fee to be entered, chances are that you will get my permission, if you first ask and identify my texts as mine on your site.

6. Who is it for?

By and large, the zip-files are there to help people who want large parts of the site or all of it and who do not have a fast internet-connection or who do not have to download 250 MBs onto their harddisks and then delete what they don't want.

So this suggests there may be two groups of such folks, that may overlap: Those who lack a fast internet-connection, and those who want largish parts of the site without having to download the whole site unzipped. Here are a few remarks to each group, preceded by a remark what it is good for.

The site as E-book

The site as a whole is considerably more impressive than parts of it and is in fact one large hypertext that is best seen as one large E-book. (For a survey a.k.a. overview see the Tour of the site.)

It is in many ways rather different from most sites, also most large site, because the files are very much interlinked, and because much of the content is radical in some ways.

This is notably so in the following sections

I suppose these sections of the site are interesting for some to download as one section and indeed they will probably will teach almost anyone who reads them rather a lot, even if they do not agree with me at all, while in general my own texts are at least fairly well written (if usually in haste and with health-problems).

This is the reason to put a rather fair amount of work in providing the zips of the directories of the site. Finally then, what if you want any of the above or something else that is on the site, and that takes more than a few files?

A. You do not have a fast internet

Proceed as outlined above in Explanations + Recipes, depending on what you want.

I have tested it selectively, and things work for me as outlined - with Windows XP in my case - but it may be wise if you work piece-wise and test first whether it works for you before you download a lot.

B. You do want some large parts but not download all unzipped

If your internet-connection is tolerable, recipe 1 is best, because you get everything zipped. Otherwise recipes 2 or 3 will do it also.

C. You do have a fast internet

If your internet-connection is fast and you have plenty of disk space, it is best to download the whole site - no zip-files: just as is, from the opening directory all-inclusive - and then delete what you don't want from it. The reason this is best is that it preserves the link and the images, and that it takes the least work and time - if you have a fast internet.

Maarten Maartensz

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