Manga Traders Officially Drops cDisplay Support Requirement AND DL5 Offline

Posted by Yukimura on 01/13/2014 6:41 pm

Edited by Yukimura - 2014-01-18
DL5 is back online!

Edited by Yukimura - 2014-01-18
The file transfer to the new hard drive is complete, and the file check has begun, it looks like it will only take a few more hours. I will bring dl5 back online once the file check is complete, thank you all for your patience.

Edited by Yukimura - 2014-01-17
We have a new 1TB hard drive installed in dl5 and we're currently copying the data on the old hard drive over.  At last check there was over 300GB of data on dl5 so this may take awhile, and add to that the time it will take to do a check on every file on the the new server to make they're not corrupted and we're likely looking at another day or two before dl5 is back online and healthy.

Edited by Yukimura - 2014-01-16
A few things to clarify.

First, dl5 is going to be offline for a few days, its hard drive started dying and we've taken it offline preemptively for replacement. Our hope is that we aught it early enough that we can salvage most of its contents without having to do a full restoration from backups.

Second, this announcement should not be taken to mean that cDisplay will no longer be able to open files downloaded from Manga Traders, it is simply an official acknowledgement that in the relatively rare cases where files do not behave as expected when viewed with cDisplay we will make any effort to replace those files or accept duplicate uploads that attempt to do so, with no other valid reason for being uploaded.  cDisplay will still display the vast majority of the files on the site properly, all we're saying here is that we will no longer require or enforce the expectation that all files on the site display properly in it.  We are not saying we'll take steps to ensure files don't work in cDisplay, we're just saying we will not take extra steps to ensure that files do work with it.

Finally, it seems that one of my suggestions for replacing cDisplay has a bad reputation due to its installing adware along with itself if you aren't careful when you run the installer.  It also seems that my words came out as a stronger endorsement for this product than I meant them to.  I don't use any of the programs I listed as alternatives for image viewing, I can only recommended them by reputation which is apparently quite out of date.  Let me be as clear as I can, Mangatraders does not have any officially preferred or supported image viewing programs.  There are several pieces of software available for free that are capable of displaying images inside archives and each has its strengths, weaknesses, and foibles.  You should do your own research and choose whatever program, if any, seems right for you, and of course, accept responsibility for whatever programs you choose to install on your computer.  The only program officially endorsed by MangaTraders for use in conjunction with the site is 7-zip for reading both zip and rar files.

Original Post

Hi all, first an update on the viewer reprocessing, it's proceeding along nicely we're a little over 60% complete and well into the oldest files on site.

As we started getting into the older files on the site we started running into some minor issues which forced us to take a look at some of our policies regarding uploads.  From now on we are officially dropping the requirement and expectation that files uploaded to MT sort properly in the program cDisplay.  If you've never heard of it cDisplay is a comic viewer program which can read a zip/rar archive and display any images inside in alphanumeric order.  The particular program was written almost 10 years ago and is no longer updated as its developer died soon after releasing it.

While we're no longer going to worry about cDisplay related issues we are still committed to supporting comic viewer compatibility in principle. For those of you still using cDisplay we recommend you update to cDisplayEX which was forked off of cDisplay and improves upon it and is still in development as an open source project another, more recently updated image viewer. Some possible options include MangaMeeya, ComicRack, cDisplayEx* or Honeyview on Windows, SimpleComic for Mac, and Comix for Linux, there are probably other options .  Use of any of these programs is not required for reading manga downloaded from MT but for those of you who are less technically savvy they do offer a simpler alternative than having to use one program for extracting archives and another for viewing images. 

* - Apparently the latest version of cDisplayEx will install adware on your computer if you don't take proactive steps to stop it.  Mangatraders does not accept responsibility for your decisions regarding what you do or do not install on your computer, outside of officially recommended software like 7-zip for opening rar files.  Beyond that we expect you to do your own research and make your own descisions about what you install on your computer.

 

Online Viewer Issues

Posted by Filter on 12/27/2013 11:05 pm


UPDATE 6 (2014-01-10) - We now have a little over 50% of the active files on the site ready for viewing. There were some hiccups over the last few days that slowed the pace a bit but things seem to be going strong now, it's still going to take a while to finish but hopefully no more than one more week.  Please bear with is a little while longer.


UPDATE 5 (2014-01-03) - Not much to update but that the reparsing is going along at an even slower pace then I'd hoped.  As of this update we're at 5,800 files parsed with 41,000 to go.  At this rate it'll probably be closer to three weeks before everything is back as it should be.


UPDATE 4 - It looks like the entire hard drive the viewer files were on is kaput, we will have to redo everything from scratch.  This may take up to a week and will make me a very irritable admin but I'll get it done.  I will be redoing files from newest to oldest and new uploads will continue to be parsed upon upload as well.


UPDATE 3 - It looks like the hard drive is failing on the server that holds the files for the viewer. Some of the viewer's files have been corrupted and are unavailable while others are still available.  We will be replacing the hard drive later today salvaging as much as we can from the old HD.  For the files that are unrecoverable we'll have to reextract them from their original archives. That process may take several days to complete so please bear with us.
- Yukimura


UPDATE 2 - The issue has returned.  We'll provide updates once the issue is determined and resolved.

UPDATE 1 - The issue with the viewer should be resolved now, please let us know if you continue to experience any viewer issues in the next few days.
- Yukimura

Hello all,

As the usual bearer of bad news, I thought I should let everyone know that one of our backend servers is currently experiencing some technical issues.  This means that the reader is temporarily unavailable.  We are working to get everything running as quickly as possible.

Cheers,
Filter

 

Manga of the Week - Gambling Emperor Legend Zero & Bara no Tameni

Posted by KaKaR on 12/01/2013 10:49 am

This week, our series spotlight has shined on Gambling Emperor Legend Zero & Bara no Tameni.  If you are unfamiliar with these be sure to check them out!

Gambling Emperor Legend Zero
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Series Summary:
Ukai Rei (aka Zero, which is Rei in Japanese) saves three troubled teens from a Suicide Website, and together they choose to work as modern-day 'Robin Hoods' of society. However, Rei's friends are caught by an underworld gang whose heist the group had foiled. In order to rescue them, Rei is forced to enter a gambling competition hosted by a rich, rotten old man who is looking for a talented gambler to be his rep player in an upcoming gambling tournament for millionaires from all over the world. The reward money? ONE TRILLION YEN.

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Bara no Tameni
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Series Summary:
After being dumped, followed closely by her grandmother's sudden death, the chubby Yuri is left broke and homeless. That is until she discovers that her grandmother had been lying to her for years. Her mother is not dead, but is in fact a famous movie star, and very much alive. Upon arriving at her mother's house, she meets her three new beautiful siblings, all from different fathers. Her new-found family is filled with hilarious oddities, ranging from laziness to drunkenness to gay incest. She is constantly antagonized by her brothers Sumire and Aoi. And her sister Fuyou does little to help. And thus Yuri becomes little more than a maid in the household, catering to her siblings needs while her mother travels the world. But as Yuri's warmth fills the house which before had been so cold...what will happen between her and her brothers? Can they come to see each other as siblings before it's too late?

 

Manga of the Week - Blood and Steel & Cutie Boy

Posted by KaKaR on 11/03/2013 12:02 pm

This week, our series spotlight has shined on Blood and Steel suggested by ExSavior & Cutie Boy suggested by sweetanimegirl.  If you are unfamiliar with these be sure to check them out!

Blood and Steel
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Series Summary:
The story begins with the eradication of Qing-cheng martial art faction by a group of martial art fanatics from Wudong, whose master and disciples only has one belief – to become the strongest in the world. In order to maintain their supremacy, they take over all the other martial arts group and kill those refuse to yield themselves to them.  Yan Heng, a young swordman in Qing-cheng, was saved by ‘Wudang Hunter' Jing Lie, who also lost his fellows because of Wudong. Being the only remnant of their groups, the two allied and start their journey of revenge.

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Cutie Boy
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Series Summary:
Lee Han-Ah used to be bullied in 2nd grade for having a “wide and flat” butt by a boy in her primary school and has hated him ever since. Now, in high school she is the celebrated, legendary captain of Il-Hwa Girls High School and she is seeking out a pretty boyfriend. Then she meets the mellow and seemingly perfect boy, Yoo-Min.

 

Manga of the Week - Kyuuso wa Cheese no Yume o Miru & Cromartie High School

Posted by KaKaR on 10/27/2013 12:03 pm

This week, our series spotlight has shined on Kyuuso wa Cheese no Yume o Miru suggested by mmromance & Cromartie High School suggested by Yenkaz.  If you are unfamiliar with these be sure to check them out!

Kyuuso wa Cheese no Yume o Miru
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Series Summary:
Kyouichi's indecisive character has led him to repeatedly commit the foolish mistake of adultery. One day, Imagase, a college classmate he hasn't seen since graduation, shows up as the private detective hired by his wife to investigate his infidelity. Imagase, however, proposes a deal. He won't tell Kyouichi's wife about his affairs, but, for compensation, he makes an unbelievable demand: "I want your body in exchange..."

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Cromartie High School
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Series Summary:
Welcome to Cromartie High—a melting pot of underachievers and overzealous bullies, where the fist rules, and the student body has the combined I.Q. of a rusty nail. After a whole lot of bad judgment and a little bad luck, Takashi Kamiyama is now attending this academy of dunces. Here, his only homework will be defending himself against the foul-mouthed robots, semi-intelligent apes, and masked villains that roam the halls of Cromartie High School!

 

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