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Sun Apr 4 09:21:30 PDT 2004
Qtella - FAQ
- What does the status bar mean?
- What does "push" mean?
- Colored balls
- What is a host cache?
The status bar is an indicator for status and connection speed of
hosts. Speed is indicated by the length of the bar and color has
the following meaning:
When you want to download a file from a firewalled host a push request is send
through the Gnutella network to that host because it does not accept direct
When this host receives the request it opens a connection to your computer and
uploads the file. Of course, this feature of the Gnutella network only works
if you are not behind a firewall either and set up the correct IP address.
When downloading files a colored ball indicates the status of each
download. The colors have the following meaning:
|red||busy host |
|green||host with open upload slots |
|yellow||firewalled host |
|gray||status of host unknown |
In general a host cache is a server which accepts connections
of gnutella clients and disconnects after delivering some ip
addresses of other clients being currently online.
Then your client tries to establish connections to these clients
to get connected to the Gnutella network.
|yellow smiley||download finished successfully|
|green smiley||download has been finished but could not move into
the directory for finished downloads|
Therefore, a host cache is usually the entry point to the
Gnutella network. The more host caches exist the better for the Gnet.
(there are other strategies to get connected but this is the most
That's the reason why I have decided to implement a host cache with
The Qtella HostCache listens by default on port 6347 and acts
like a real host cache. It collects ip addresses of other clients
while you're connected to the Gnet and delivers them to clients
which connect to port 6347.
Of course, a host cache doesn't make sense for ordinary users
who are not online 24h/d and do not own a static ip. These users
may disable the HostCache.