[BitTorrent] directory download

Vitenka vitenka at ntlworld.com
Sat Sep 25 03:10:14 EDT 2004

> Typically the full directory does need to be downloaded to be usable.

I disagree with this.  As long as you use pre-allocation (that is, 
allocate the files up front - I haven't tried it with 'spares' since I 
don't trust it) then when you have a complete file, you can use it.

Of course, you can't easily TELL when you have a complete file with the 
basic client - so it works best with media files where a bit of 
corruption doesn't matter.

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