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Fyron November 18th, 2004 06:31 PM

SE4 File Downloads Tracker
 
Due to the potential costs of hosting really large mod/shipset/image/etc. files, I have taken it upon myself to set up a Bit Torrent tracker for Space Empires Users. Bit Torrent is an advanced file transfer protocol that relies on Users uploading the file to others as they download it themselves. There are already a number of files available on the tracker, such as a Shipset Megapack with 257 shipsets in it and a compiled Version of all 5 packs of the Image Mod, both ready for immediate use in Space Empires IV Gold. Unfortunately, I do not have a very fast internet connection at my disposal. It would be great if some people would volunteer to download the various files and help host them.

BT is a great option for dialup users for downloading large files because files are downloaded in many small parts at a time. Resumable downloads are built into the very nature of BT. Thus, there is no possibility of losing a download if your connection cuts out.

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How do I download a file from the tracker?

You must install a Bit Torrent client, such as Azureus. Note that you might need to forward a port in your firewall to allow a Bit Torrent client to make connections. Read here for more information on port forwarding. Once it is installed and configured, you can start the download of a file by downloading the .torrent file hosted on the tracker and opening it in your Bit Torrent client. Please leave the file running after the download completes, so that it may be distributed to other Users as quickly as possible.

Can I upload files to the tracker?

Yes. An easy way to do this is to use Azureus as your Bit Torrent client. It has a function in the File menu to create a .torrent file. Make sure to select the option to use an External Tracker, and place this in the Announce URL field:

http://kazharii.no-ip.com:6969/announce

Once your .torrent file is created, email it to me (NOT the actual files you wish to share, just the .torrent file!). My email address is available in my profile.

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Please leave the files you download running after the downloads complete, so that other Users will be able to download the files as quickly as possible. It is a good idea to leave torrents running until you get at least a Share Ratio (upload / download) of 1.0.

Tracker URL:

http://kazharii.no-ip.com:6969/

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On another note, there is an incredibly efficient new BT client (sadly win32 only) around, utorrent. It is only a 105 kb download and typically uses less than 6 MB of ram. It is a great option for dialup users that might not want to download a hugely sized client such as Azureus, or those that don't want to use 80+ MB of ram just to download a SE4 patch.

http://www.utorrent.com/

Fyron November 19th, 2004 12:15 AM

Re: SE4 File Downloads Tracker
 
There was a misconfiguration error that I think has been resolved, so it should be working now...

Baron Munchausen November 19th, 2004 12:59 AM

Re: SE4 File Downloads Tracker
 
Coolness! I just finally got around to installing a Bit Torrent client this Last week because I wanted to watch The Power of Nightmares documentaries from the BBC. Now I can get SE files this way too.

Psst... The Power of Nightmares is an excellent series of three documetaries by the BBC about the parallel and nearly simultaneous rise of the 'Islamists' in the Muslim world and the 'Neo-cons' in the US. Subtitle is 'The Rise of the Politics of Fear'. Not broadcast in the US, but available at trackers like: http://conspiracy.hopto.org:6969/index.html
Also see the BBC's page at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/3755686.stm

Fyron November 19th, 2004 02:14 AM

Re: SE4 File Downloads Tracker
 
So does that mean you would like to help seed a file or two? http://forum.shrapnelgames.com/images/smilies/wink.gif

Quote:

Baron Munchausen said:
http://conspiracy.hopto.org:6969/index.html


This link did not work until I removed the "index.html" portion of it...

tesco samoa November 19th, 2004 03:13 PM

Re: SE4 File Downloads Tracker
 
I have attempted to become a seeder...... So its goes the speed of this

http://img130.exs.cx/img130/2881/1051.jpg

Atrocities November 19th, 2004 04:19 PM

Re: SE4 File Downloads Tracker
 
Tesco is hogging the bandwidth.

Fyron November 19th, 2004 06:05 PM

Re: SE4 File Downloads Tracker
 
Quote:

Atrocities said:
Tesco is hogging the bandwidth.

Not anymore. He is now helping to seed the Image Mod and Shipsets torrents. http://forum.shrapnelgames.com/image...ies/stupid.gif

Fyron November 21st, 2004 12:29 AM

Re: SE4 File Downloads Tracker
 
Hmm... think it would be better to change the Image Mod torrent so that instead of providing an archive file, it is just the raw bitmaps themselves? This would allow you to point the torrent at your SE4 folder, and it would automatically not download the images you have already... or that might be a bad idea... Hmm... wonder what it would do with the Minis files and Readmes...

Suicide Junkie November 21st, 2004 01:34 PM

Re: SE4 File Downloads Tracker
 
Perhaps only the portraits, with the minis and credits zipped separately.

That way none of the files in the torrent will look corrupt because they are old Versions of the same thing.

Will November 22nd, 2004 05:30 AM

Re: SE4 File Downloads Tracker
 
Mirrors started on my machine. So far, I have FQM finished, started on FQM + Image Mod, and will pick another one (probably whichever has fewest seeds and no-one else downloading) once that is finished. My connection is pretty good, so whichever ones I get should be a lot easier for people to download quickly http://forum.shrapnelgames.com/images/smilies/happy.gif


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