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Hi David, *,

On Sun, Jul 14, 2013 at 7:27 PM, David Nelson <> wrote:

When I just now tried the torrent download, there were 19 seeders.

Where did they get the torrent from?

Not sure what you mean with torrent in this context, as you explicitly
mention seeders.

If you mean the .torrent file, then people did most likely download it
from the download pages on

If you mean: How could they get the complete file? Then the answer is
twofold: Our download server acts also as a seed, so there is always
at least one seed that has all the offered files. But there are too
many files to seed all files at once (but that's no problem really, as
never all files have leechers)
And also the .torrent file has webseeds enabled, i.e. regular http/ftp
mirrors that the bittorrent client can use in case there are no other
So even if both the tracker and the main seed are not available,
people can still download via torrent.

I did not see anything on the Download page providing any link to it or
encouraging any would-be seeders.

Oh, then you must have looked to hard, so that you did not see the
forest with all those trees around :-)) in the download-buttons, there is
a link "Torrent" that will get you the .torrent file :-)

Since the torrent link is live, maybe it would be worth adding something?

See above.

Who is responsible for generating the torrent for each release anyway?

That is done automatically by mirrorbrain, the tool we use on the
donwloadserver. (the software that picks a mirror close to the user
who is requesting the download/distributes the requests to multiple
mirrors). So that is done automatically.

mirrorbrain creates the torrent file as well as additional other
hashes. Just use the "Info" link on one of the buttons to see what it


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