Hi this is described as an open source cross platform suite that is an ideal starting place for developing software to be used for Chemistry & Molecular modelling. Seems like fun however the download link from their website (http://openbabel.org/) directs to a source forge page as linked here, and I have tried all of the other mirrors suggested if I encounter download problems and unfortunately encountered the same result.

Is there a type of software that can assess whether or not a download issue has causality at the server end or my end i.e my network settings are causing the problem?

  • Did you try downloading from a different PC? On a different network?
    – Mawg
    Sep 19, 2019 at 8:24
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    Well I only have one network but ok yeah I guess I could try with a tor service running on one of my Linux systems but aside from that I don't know how to make a new network with only the one internet connection Sep 19, 2019 at 9:15
  • Just trying to vary some things, to see what can be discovered. Maybe a friend or relative's PC? Or a software downloader app? Orr FTP instead of HTTP, if available
    – Mawg
    Sep 19, 2019 at 10:39

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You didn't mention the OS you need the tool for. You can ping the actual download server, from windows cmd.exe:

ping -n 5 download.server.name.com

This will give you response times for the ping in milliseconds. -n 5 means ping the server only 5 times, otherwise ping runs forever. It might help.

You can also use tracert on Windows:

tracert duckduckgo.com

It will look at the response time for every server between you and the target duckduckgo.com. This will help you find a possible bottleneck.

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