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Qtella - FAQ

  1. What does the status bar mean?
  2. What does "push" mean?
  3. Colored balls
  4. What is a host cache?

What does the status bar mean?

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:
redbusy host
greenhost with open upload slots
yellowfirewalled host
graystatus of host unknown

What does "push" mean?

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 connections. 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.

Colored Balls

When downloading files a colored ball indicates the status of each download. The colors have the following meaning:
yellow smileydownload finished successfully
green smileydownload has been finished but could not move into the directory for finished downloads

What is a host cache?

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.
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 important one).
That's the reason why I have decided to implement a host cache with Qtella.

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.