[bittorrent] Combining conventional mirrors with BT

Harold Feit - Depthstrike.com administrator dwknight at depthstrike.com
Fri May 27 15:21:40 EDT 2005


 
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I'll ask around on the channels and devlists I'm on to see what would
be a good idea for this.

The shareaza method for this is pretty good, but adding a mechanism
for extracting the sources from the torrent itself would definetly be
a massive step in the right direction for it.

"an entry that points to a page with a list of mirrors."
I actually have this sort of mirror-page system in development right
now for gnutella clients.

When dealing with single-file torrents, Shareaza's method is
definetly easier to handle, since you can right-click, advanced, add
source (while in power mode) and get the supplement of the http/ftp
mirror.

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Subject: RE: [bittorrent] Combining conventional mirrors with BT

- --On Friday, May 27, 2005 3:47 PM -0300 "Harold Feit -
Depthstrike.com 
administrator" <dwknight at depthstrike.com> wrote:

> 1> BitTornado's WebSeed (
> http://bittornado.com/docs/webseed-spec.txt  

This adds a new "webseed" entry to the metadata which points to
servers 
offering a BT-like seeding client in a web script. It requires that
the 
mirror supply this script.

What I was hoping for was something that doesn't require any action
on the 
part of mirrors, but which draws data directly from the mirrors. So
for 
instance, an entry that points to a page with a list of mirrors. The 
average client can then draw fragments from a set of mirrors without
the 
mirrors needing any knowledge of BT.

I tend to pull a lot of large game content from the net, typically
patches 
or "map packs". Typically several mirrors spring up quickly to help
take 
the load off the original content creator. The volunteers who set
these up 
don't want to go through the hassle of setting up a BT peer to serve
the 
mirror. But there's usually at least one volunteer who knows how to
do it. 
It would be nice if all the conventional mirrors could be used as
seeds in 
the swarm without any special action on their part.


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