Saturday, November 24, 2007

uTorrent DHT Troubleshooting.

There are some people having trouble getting uTorrent's DHT working. There are several things that need to be checked for you to get it working:
  1. UDP Traffic needs to be allowed in firewalls for DHT to function.
  2. PeerGuardian needs a smarter blocklist selected. Several of the blocklists generated by Bluetack block the DHT bootstrap nodes used by uTorrent.
  3. IF DHT has worked in the past, try torrents from OpenOffice or Depthstrike Entertainment's Open Source and Freeware tracker
  4. Shut down uTorrent, remove the dht.dat and dht.dat.old files from %appdata%\utorrent and restart uT, then retry.
Some configurations outright block DHT traffic due to the nature of the connection. There's nothing that can be done in these cases.

If you're going to post on the uTorrent forums for further help, post useful information, like a list of the internet security software you have installed, HOW it's not working, and what you've done to troubleshoot.

I don't handle troubleshooting of uT issues here.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

New CBTT unstable branch.

Weedy, a developer I know who has done some work on the CBTT core, is working on switching CBTT fully to a libevent-based tracker package.

Because of the incompleteness of libevent on windows, this is currently a linux-only project.

Once he gets the tracker link code working, I'll look into deploying it in my own system. Until then, single tracker operators are free to use it in theirs and test the environment.

Monday, July 16, 2007

uTorrent 1.7.1 and all the claims about MAFIAA involvement.

There have been a lot of claims that uTorrent sends data back to the MAFIAA (RIAA/MPAA).

I have this to say:
1> Wireshark log saying it doesn't. The IP addresses that you are all claiming uTorrent reports to aren't getting any traffic. I don't use any IP blockers or software firewalls, so this log is 100% accurate for packet data.
2> Put up (your wireshark log giving proof of your claims) or shut up.

As for uTorrent leaking data outside of the tracker, it's not. 1.7.1 has added a UDP multicast search for peers on the local subnet.

(update: this all also applies to 1.7.2)