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 Post subject: Magnet distribution test
PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2014 9:42 am 
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I figured I would think ahead on a subject I am perhaps more capable at. File distribution and mirroring.
Mapraider use Magnet links in a basic form, but it can contain as much info as you want for multiple networks, and as many as you want.

However it seems that many Torrent programs are made with the assumption that Magnet was made exclusively for them, and that no other (better) p2p exists.
As you will see marked below I have placed the Torrent info first, so that stupid Torrent programs do not get confused.
:idea: So if you use a Torrent program, can you please confirm whether this Magnet works for you :?:

You can normally copy and paste magnet info into most clients, which is useful because most forums do not allow non-standard URIs as clickable URLs.
Thankfully the TinyUrl link shortener does.
:proxy: CUT2 PRv3.76 Full ZIP - 312.20 MB
http://preview.tinyurl.com/cut376zip
http://tinyurl.com/cut376zip

Here is the contents in a readable format;
Quote:
magnet:?xt=urn:btih:QAOR7A2Z7TGSN5R7XVZ3NWJ4HYNCKM6T -[Torrent]
&xl=327358721&dn=cut_376_full_zip.zip -[All p2p]
&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Ftracker.openbittorrent.com%3A80 -[Torrent]
&xt=urn:bitprint:5IN5WNCU7ZFSTMS3LTIKZFBLLHCUXP5O -[G1 and 2]
&xt=urn:tree:tiger:BJBT3FXLGBBFSL5HTZJBA3CF6BNGCQRL3ZSM64Y -[G1 and 2]
&xt=urn:ed2k:99e915242c775606439c3d458b25736a - [eDonkey]
&as=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.chaoticdreams.org%2Chaos%2ChaosUT2_2004%2cut_376_full_zip.zip -[HTTP]


Good multi-client p2p programs can use all of the info and fetch the file from everywhere, including as many HTTP links as you can add.
Personally I find this a most useful delivery system, as the links always work no matter how old (the older the better).
The Torrent users will all stop seeding, but the rest keep going.

OK. Why am I bringing this up when users will probably get the new Chaos via "the store".
Well we don't know yet what all the final options will be so it may be down to you to host, but other than that, what you will see is more people downloading the previous version for comparison
At UT99 we have seen a big spike in new members because of UT4, but until then they want to practice and re-live some magic.

GamersHell seem to have deleted the Chaos files, and GameFront downloads are not available in several countries.
Personally I would use the 15GB that Google give you with the G+ (if you set up a separate user account).
You won't have to worry about cost or if someone buys....Google....aaaahhAHAHAHAH !!!
Yeah right !

If you use Magnets in your own site like just Mapraider, you have the benefit of being able to count the download clicks from 1 source, so you actually get to include p2p in your DL statistics (and feel good helping people stay away from sh*tty Torrent sites).

OK have a test, and if you want I can prepare Magnet links for the other existing files.

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