[BitTorrent] file preallocation: can we have the feature back?

Brian Dessent brian at dessent.net
Thu Jul 15 04:52:53 EDT 2004

Georgi Georgiev wrote:
>   I have a problem when downloading bigger files. The fragmentation level of
>   the downloaded files is usually horrible, and the fibmap tool reports an
>   average of 70% of fragemntation within a file. In practice, this usually
>   means that when I decide to copy the file somewhere else (to defragment it) I
>   get like 3MB/s speed of reading and a heavy CPU utilization, compared to the
>   steady 20MB/s when working with a (almost) non-fragmented file.

Get John's version of the client (BitTornado formerly Shad0w's client)
and use --alloc_type background or --alloc_type pre-allocate.  Other
clients like Azureus offer similar settings (in the case of AZ, there's
3 modes IIRC, with one being preallocate.)


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