[clug] Downloading binaries from Newsgroups?

Adam Baxter voltagex at voltagex.org
Thu Jan 7 16:10:16 MST 2010

I use a python based program called SABNZDBd to grab Usenet binaries.

It supports ".par2" parity files which can be used to repair damaged
posts such as the one mentioned above. PAR2 has become a defacto
standard, and as such, most posts will come with a .par2 "set" that
can be used to repair anywhere from 10% to 30% of the original file,
at the cost of extra downloads.

Most smart Usenet clients recognise par2 sets, and only download them if needed.


Is the German name for The Two Towers movie ;)

DVD9.untouched means it is a direct copy of the original DVD with
additional compression, as you can probably see by the filesize.

This is getting far, far offtopic for this list.

On Thu, Jan 7, 2010 at 7:42 AM, Felix Karpfen <felix at spodzone.org.uk> wrote:
> On Wed, 06 Jan 2010 18:27:44 +1100, Hal Ashburner wrote:
>> I've heard of people using it to get hollywood movies and warez** and so
>> on as well as the hideous(++) stuff.
> I took a brief look at what was on offer at
> https://www.binsearch.info
> The English language stuff, that I checked, was singularly uninspiring
> (some of it might have aroused my curiosity 60 years ago; but, alas, I am
> well and truly "over the hill").
> But speakers of foreign languages fare marginally better.
> Here is an entry for the DVDs of "The Lord of the Rings - Part 2":
> View all 14 posts by JBinUp.com <JBinUp at JBinUp.local> [Multiple posts by
> same poster hidden]
> <<www.illuminatenboard.org>>Der.Herr.der.Ringe.Die.zwei.Tuerme.German.WS.DL.DVD9.untouched.DGB>
> (1/176) "dHdR.Die.zwei.Tuerme.DVD9.untouched.DGB.par2" yEnc (1/1)
> collection size: 8.32 GB, parts available: 22462 / 22462
> - 164 rar files
> - 12 par2 files
> At present, I have *no* idea what that says; and I do not intend to
> embark on a 8.32 GB download in order to find out.
>> So I'm just going to sum it all up like this: "Felix: Stay away from
>> newsgroup binaries, you don't want that stuff. I might well be wrong,
>> someone will say so in reply if I am."
> That has been my approach up till now.  And it has served me well so
> far.
> Thank you for taking the trouble to write such a detailed reply.
> Felix
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