Collapsing DVD and CD torrents into one
csnook at redhat.com
Fri Oct 17 22:25:13 UTC 2008
Jesse Keating wrote:
> On Fri, 2008-10-17 at 17:45 -0400, Chris Snook wrote:
>> Since bittorrent doesn't have a concept of dependencies (no "metatorrents")
>> there's no benefit to having multiple files in a torrent unless all of them are
>> useless without the others.
> Does that mean we should do one torrent per CD iso too? 'cause you can
> do an install with just the first, you don't need the rest...
No. That would not be Doing The Right Thing By Default. CDs 2-N are not very
useful without CD 1, so they really should all be in one torrent. The power
users who can get by with just CD 1 should be able to handle unchecking ISOs 2-N
in their bittorrent client. If we have a separate torrent for just CD 1, it'll
be devoid of seeds, since the vast majority of people will use the torrent for
the whole set, so there's not much point having a separate one for just CD 1 either.
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