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Task #2035

Provide bibisect repo download via torrent

Added by Johnny M about 2 years ago. Updated 9 months ago.

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There is currently no possibility to download the bibisect repositories via torrent. (See https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/QA/Bibisect/Linux#Versions and http://dev-downloads.libreoffice.org/bibisect/linux/.) It would be good if that was possible, because the repo files are huge and their download can be problematic on a shaky internet connection. As is, if the connection breaks down for any reason, the whole download needs to be re-started (at least in Firefox 46).

Notes:
- I'm not an expert in any way, but the fact that the whole HTTP browser download needs to be re-started (instead of continuing it from the paused/broken down point) is probably due to the fact that no "byte serving" (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byte_serving) is supported.

- If the "byte serving" was supported, it would probably be possible to use the currently available HTTP download for torrent as well (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BitTorrent#HTTP_web_seeding) - no need to use a different protocol. The torrent file using it would probably just need to be created and provided. (Given that LibreOffice already has torrent tracking servers used for download of its releases via torrent.)

- This task was moved from https://bugs.documentfoundation.org/show_bug.cgi?id=99760

History

#1 Updated by Florian Effenberger about 2 years ago

I recall we have been providing torrents for some other stuff in the
early days, but the amount of users has been really low. Is there a huge
demand for this task? I think that's ideal for an EasyHack for
volunteers to work on if there's a need.

#2 Updated by Kevin Suo 9 months ago

I like this idea. The server is located in the Europe, and it's quite slow to download from China or other parts of the world. That makes scares people away from testing.

We should find a way to easy the repo download, both for the http doanload files and the git repo. Torrent is one possible way.

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