[BitTorrent] Re: bencoding 0:

Mike Ravkine krypt at mountaincable.net
Fri Nov 19 13:27:55 EST 2004

Wow, that message was so long it was flagged as spam by my ISP.

torrent meta-data files, as a general rule, will not compress as they 
are composed almost entirely of hashes.  Hashes, by their design, are 
VERY random, and thus don't compress.

Abandoning the current simple almost-human-readable encoding scheme in 
favor of a binary one (and/or adding any kind of compression) is a huge 
step backwards.


>[snip] So switching all the "dictionary key fields" (which are now 
>transmitted as strings/text I believe... ) to "binary values" might 
>save some bytes during transmission :)
>Well suppose one still wants to save more... then dynamic huffman 
>compression could be applied... but let's not do that lol... way to 
>difficult ;)
>If it's done... I hope a little indicator might be used to 
>say: "compressed" or "uncompressed" data/stream/text if you know what 
>I mean ;) so that client implementations can simply 
>use "uncompressed" protocols at first as they develop... and more 
>advanced implementations might used the "compressed" version of it :)
>  Skybuck.

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