[BitTorrent] XML Torrents?

Olaf van der Spek OvdSpek at LIACS.NL
Sat Mar 12 05:47:11 EST 2005

Kenneth Porter wrote:
> --On Friday, March 11, 2005 8:29 PM +0000 Konstantin 'Kosta' Welke 
> <kosta at fillibach.de> wrote:
>>Also, the torrents are already too big, they should be an url like http
>>or ed2k do it. That why there are efforts to eminate them in bt2.
> Looking at the spec <http://www.bittorrent.com/protocol.html>, I see a 
> filename (or list of filename/length pairs), tracker URL, and a set of 
> fragment checksums. Most of the size would be the checksums. How do you 
> propose shrinking this to fit in a URL? I suppose you could designate 
> trusted peers (eg. initial seeds) to host the checksums.

You don't need to trust them.
The info_hash 'guards' the info key, so to start a torrent, you only 
need info_hash and tracker. And that fits nicely in a URL.
The info key can them be requested from other peers.

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