Update - Lecture 2 Notebook of Deep Learning with Pytorch course

How to avoid HTTP-Error 503 while downloading the MNIST Dataset

If you are facing HTTP-Error 503 while downloading the MNIST Dataset it may be due to the website which is temporarily or permanently unavailable. To avoid this error you have to update the following code from the notebook.

Code to be Updated(where you are getting the HTTP Error):

# Download training dataset
dataset = MNIST(root='data/', download=True)

Updated code

!wget www.di.ens.fr/~lelarge/MNIST.tar.gz
!tar -zxvf MNIST.tar.gz
root_dir = './'
dataset = torchvision.datasets.MNIST(root=root_dir,download=True)

In addition to that you might face an error wherever the path of root argument is set as root='data/', whenever you see the root argument just make sure to change it to root=root_dir, or to the current working directory.