[BitTorrent] Re: Reducing dependency on trackers

Gregorio Roper-Yearwood gregorio at gmx.li
Fri Sep 3 14:05:27 EDT 2004

I am very well aware of Shareaza's support for exchanging source addresses
but I don't like their message format (bencoded content in a BT message) and
I don't like Shareaza.


> Shareaza has implemented something similar to bt for "trackerless"
> torrenting. When you do a torrent on Shareaza, whether connected to a
> tracker or not, you advertize to other peers using the G2 hub network
> that you are doing a torrent with a certain infohash. You can then
> find other Shareaza users who are doing the same torrent with the same
> infohash. 
> I am unclear on when and how peerid comes into play when a connection
> is negotiatiated using this method.  Peerid isn't strictly necessary
> here, since the infohash is unique for every torrent, and, in certain
> situations for using this method, no central tracker need exist. 
> Mike Stokes wrote this, so you could ask him to explain it, or figure
> it out yourself from source.

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