[BitTorrent] Reserved bytes in peer-wire handshake

Elliott Mitchell ehem at m5p.com
Tue Nov 30 17:24:20 EST 2004

>From: extadi2000 <founder at extadi.com>
> In order to establish that capabilities of the concerned clients, I
> have used the reserved bytes in the peer-wire handshake in a way which
> I feel conventional and convenient.  I set the value of the first byte
> to 0xFA to inform the remote side that I am conforming according to
> the format.  I leave byte-2 and byte-3 as 0x00 for future extensions
> which aren't client specific.  I set byte-4 and byte-5 as a unique
> client identifier (UCI), and leave byte-6, byte-7 and byte-8 for
> client specific data.  I think it would be good to define a standard
> here, and would like to know your comments regarding this and/or any
> incompatabilies this implimentation would have.

Okay, so...? What are you doing with them? It might be a good idea, or it
could be bad. No one can evaluate it, if you don't say anything about
what you're doing.

> I will be gone for two weeks so I will be unable to continue on this
> thread.

And as you should know, this is the worst possible time to propose
something new and not provide details.

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