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37% curious, 29% inquisitive, 42% bad with percentages...


mnky42

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Hello,

Here's one thing I'm never sure about...

Let's say I start downloading a file, but I don't want the whole thing so I'm only dl'ing about 20% of the total file.

utorrent finds me a peer who shows as posessing 60%. Is that 60% of the total file or 60% of the 20% I want?

You see the difference, yes? If someone has 60% of the total file, then there's an outside chance he has all of the 20% I'm after. If it's 60% of my 20%, then I need to wait for more peers.

I'm not losing sleep over this but if anyone knows, that would move me one tiny step closer to my goal of being all-knowing. I guess it would technically be two steps, since then I'd also know who knew the answer. Whatever.

Thanks,

The only-partly-knowing mnky42

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Lay off the weed for a while... ;)

Your 20% is 20% of the total file pieces for that torrent.

Their 60% is 60% of the total file pieces for that torrent.

> If it's 60% of my 20%, then I need to wait for more peers.

Their 60% could contain all of your 20% or none of it.

> Whatever.

Exactly!

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Thanks for the clarification.

> Your 20% is 20% of the total file pieces for that torrent.

Um, yeah. I think I got that part.

> Their 60% is 60% of the total file pieces for that torrent.

That's the bit I needed!

Much appreciated. Sadly, the only weed involved is growing on the lawn, but thanks for the OK to leave them there for a while.

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