TECH Looking for a BitTorrent client with a peculiar feature...

GunboatDiplomat

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Jun 9, 2006
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I'm looking for a BitTorrent client that can download the same file from different networks.

It sounds weird and it doesn't happen often but it does occasionally happen. For example, suppose you have two networks hosting the following files:

Network 1:
Anonymous File 1

Network 2:
Anonymous File 1
Anonymous File 2
Anonymous File 3

...and further suppose that you know that the first file from each network is exactly the same file. If you only want the file from Network 1, it would help if you could also participate in Network 2, downloading the first file just as you would when you use your client to download select files from a multi-file network with clients with that feature.

Is there a client that can do this? Barring this, is there an open source client that's easily modifiable?
Thank you...
 
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Slothy

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Dec 24, 2001
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Sydney, Australia
If the torrent data is identical then you can add the tracker URL from one torrent to the other (typically by going to the properties of the download in your Bit Torrent client) and it should then use both trackers and thus both sets of seeds.
 
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GunboatDiplomat

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Jun 9, 2006
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If the torrent data is identical then you can add the tracker URL from one torrent to the other (typically by going to the properties of the download in your Bit Torrent client) and it should then use both trackers and thus both sets of seeds.
Let me make sure I understand you. You're saying that this will work even when one network is only an intersection (or even a subset) of the other network?

In my example, it's not all of the torrent data that's the same, it's only a part of the torrent data that's exactly the same...
Thank you...
 

Slothy

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Dec 24, 2001
555
Sydney, Australia
Let me make sure I understand you. You're saying that this will work even when one network is only an intersection (or even a subset) of the other network?

In my example, it's not all of the torrent data that's the same, it's only a part of the torrent data that's exactly the same...
Thank you...
Oh, by different networks I thought you meant different BT trackers. You should be able to download the data from any subnet as long as the tracker is aware of any seeds in those subnets. However, if the data isn't the same then you might be out of luck. The file/directory that is being downloaded/uploaded must match what is in the .torrent otherwise at best you'll get an error from your BT client or at worst corrupted data.
 

Bruticus

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Apr 10, 2004
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Melbourne
You are basically asking to merge two different data sets, which won't work. The only thing you can do (beyond having the exact same torrent data from two networks, which would work) is to specify different download files from each torrent.
 
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GunboatDiplomat

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Jun 9, 2006
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You are basically asking to merge two different data sets, which won't work. The only thing you can do (beyond having the exact same torrent data from two networks, which would work) is to specify different download files from each torrent.
No, I'm asking to merge a subset of two different data sets that are exactly the same. Does my example not... exemplify this?

Let me try to say this again, in different words. Suppose you have two different multi-file .torrent files. They have some files in common but they also have some files that are different. In theory, if all you wanted to download is the files they have in common, you should be able to combine the peers from both networks to do so. Does this sound any different than my first description? Does this sound more clear?

Perhaps there are people who aren't aware that you don't have to download every file in a torrent network? ...that you can download a subset of files in a multi-file torrent network?

Thank you...
 

trouphaz

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Sep 22, 2003
2,647
Oh my God!

It was just a stupid example people! I even picked a movie series I explicitly didn't want to make the example non-personal. Do I really have to go back and edit that to something more abstract? For serious?!

well, you came into a forum with rules against talking about piracy and specifically ask how to make it easier to steal stuff. you should go back and edit it so your thread doesn't get locked.
 
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GunboatDiplomat

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Jun 9, 2006
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well, you came into a forum with rules against talking about piracy and specifically ask how to make it easier to steal stuff. you should go back and edit it so your thread doesn't get locked.
Thank you. I've now changed the original post...
 

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