Standards (was [BitTorrent] Back to Merkle Hash Trees...)

Brian Dessent brian at
Mon Feb 7 17:36:50 EST 2005

Justin Cormack wrote:

> 3. Parts of the protocol are not ipv6 compliant (note to implementors: just
> say no to compact=1). This is not acceptable in an RFC.

The tracker admins that save heaps and heaps of bandwidth from that
extension disagree with you there.  The fact is it's not a very well
thought out extension that has no means of coping with ipv6, but ipv6
support is nowhere in the current BT protocol so it doesn't matter.  The
bandwidth savings however are significant, and there are lots of
trackers that won't talk to a client that doesn't support "compact"
because of this.


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