[OpenIndiana-discuss] Spare bandwidth for mirroring

Richard L. Hamilton rlhamil at smart.net
Wed Nov 3 22:19:51 UTC 2010

On Nov 3, 2010, at 4:03 PM, Gary wrote:

> On Tue, Nov 2, 2010 at 2:15 PM, Jesus Cea wrote:
>> You don't neet a MD5 check. The original "torrent" file comes from
>> OpenIndiana, and it is "safe". You are a seed, like any other BT client.
> The reason you don't need one is because torrent clients perform their
> own checksum with a Mainline distributed hash table;
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BitTorrent_(protocol)#Creating_and_publishing_torrents
> -Gary

Sure, but it's a simple confidence builder, at least for a torrent
consisting of a single file; it lets people satisfy themselves that
they're getting the "real" thing, and not a possibly modified
redistribution hosted by a deceptively similarly named tracker or the like.

Even if it offers no _technical_ advantage, in that regard it might
still be useful to separately post an MD5.

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