[arch-releng] Bittorrent with webseeds

Dieter Plaetinck dieter at plaetinck.be
Fri Jan 23 12:10:28 EST 2009

Gerhard Brauer wrote:
> Am Fri, 23 Jan 2009 11:31:08 +0100
> schrieb Pierre Schmitz <pierre at archlinux.de>:
>> In short: adding several webseed url the client will not only
>> downlaod pieces from other pears but from ordinary http or ftp
>> mirrors. This should increase the initial speed a lot and even if the
>> user cannot use bittorrent due to firewall restriction, he still can
>> download from several mirrors at the same time.
>> I would like to try this out with our new iso; what do you think
>> about it?
I looked at this only briefly.  If there is a commonly accepted, 
backwards-compatible (not breaking other clients) and open spec for 
this, then go for it.
this looks cool.

> Do we have any statistic or experience how often people uses torrents
> instead downloading the iso/img from http/ftp mirrors directly?
> Maybe I'm a little too old for this technique, but make torrents not
> only sense when the download-source couldn't be stored completely on an
> server (music,warez,...). Or our FrosCon ISO, which we don't uploaded
> to our normal mirrors?
bittorrent is good for speed (if enough people are seeding the file) 
too, unless you can saturate your connection from a mirror.
> But if i could download a file from a mirror (which fills my downlink
> bandwith), why using a torrent?
> On the other hand: if adding our normal mirrors to this technique
> speeds up the torrent download: let's try it...
>> Pierre
> Gerhard

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