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January 31, 2006

Sheep available by manual BitTorrent

The sheep server is now generating and seeding torrents of sheep. Hopefully this will soon be integrated into the clients. In the meantime you can download them manually by installing BitTorrent and then picking a torrent from the list at the bottom of the server status page.

Update: RSS feed.

Note: after you've downloaded them you have to put the mpg files into your cache directory. The client does not search subdirectories of the cache directory, so just putting them under the cache doesn't work. Yes of course an updated client that does all this automatically is coming soon. Posted by spot at January 31, 2006 10:44 AM

Just downloaded a torrent from the server page. Have MPEG2 files, how do I get the screen saver to load em? Posted by: Steve at February 9, 2006 03:50 AM
Thank you simply awesome Posted by: Will Linsell at February 9, 2006 09:49 AM
Love the Sheep Posted by: Matt at February 10, 2006 08:06 PM
tyu Posted by: giorgio at February 12, 2006 02:31 AM
@ Steve - I believe you just put them into your sheep Cache directory. Under Windows XP, this is C:\Windows\System32\ElectricSheep-cache\ Posted by: Paul C at February 12, 2006 01:27 PM
And what about a lot of recent and old sheeps shared on DC hub? I can't download them cause I even don't know how to conntact to people having ones. Is any plans of page/forum for sharing torrents of archives? Posted by: Kavka at February 14, 2006 01:17 AM
that is a good idea!!! and a very legal way to give use to such tech. mostly if the electricsheep client starts to understand BT :D Bravo Spot, you are really connected!! thanks for this great ideas!! Posted by: Ricardo at February 15, 2006 09:44 AM
@Paul C, you are completely correct. That's the exact directory where it goes. :) Posted by: javascriptman221 at February 17, 2006 07:24 PM
Bit torrenting is a great idea, but I can't get it to work. Whenever I put my new downloaded flock into the electricsheep-cache directory it deletes them when I run the program. Any ideas? Posted by: Taylor at February 19, 2006 01:04 PM
Taylor: increase your cache size. Posted by: spot at February 19, 2006 01:41 PM
Just as and addendum to my last post. I was placing the downloaded sheep into the mpeg file folder in the system cache. I've put them in the super folder, electricsheep-cache, but that doesn't seem to be incorporating them either, dunno what to do. Am running a PC. Thankers Posted by: taylor at February 19, 2006 02:33 PM
Thanks Scott, that seems to have done did it. Posted by: taylor at February 19, 2006 02:38 PM
in the desktop properties screen-saver tab, click setup and edit configuration to increase the cache size. try 5000. Posted by: spot at February 19, 2006 02:38 PM
taylor's problem is when the bittorrent client creates a folder with the torrent number... he places it on the electricsheep-cache folder and from there it is probably creating the folders 124, 125, 126 with the released mpegs, instead of going inside electricsheep-cache/mpeg folder. Taylor: you have to ignore the folder presented by the BT client as the default for this torrents and place the files in the correct folder so the electricsheep can read those files or somehow do that by hand. Posted by: Ricardo at February 19, 2006 03:27 PM
How do I use the RSS to get Azureus to auto download new torrents and start them downloading? Posted by: Dirk at February 21, 2006 11:00 PM
As Ricardo says, you open the downloaded, numbered Bittorrent folders, then you copy all of the files INSIDE those numbered folders then paste them to the mpeg FOLDER within the Windows\System32\Electric Sheep\mpeg. This will create many mpeg files inside of the Electric Sheep\mpeg folder and they will all work automatically after that. However, if you download a lot of them that will defeat the possiblity of chosing which ones you want to download using the up and down arrows because you will already have them. Have fun. Posted by: pal1102 at February 22, 2006 09:41 AM
I backed up my cache folder before reformatting and installing the program again. when i copy the MPEG files into the MPEG folder and try to run the screen saver, it deletes them all. is there some way to fix this? Posted by: folken at February 28, 2006 02:30 AM
Hey this is all I see from the rss feed - - Electric Sheep Torrents 120 Electric Sheep Torrents Posted by: Ian at February 28, 2006 12:42 PM
Yea, I've downloaded the sheep pack and tried the above methods, but it keeps deleting the files. I've put the files in the cache folder and also the mpeg folder. Then when I do the preview screen saver thing, it deletes them. Any help? Posted by: Alex at February 28, 2006 03:16 PM
Same thing happens to me. When I put them in the cache folder, they're deleted. Any work around? I think it has to do with the list.xml file in the xml folder. Posted by: mark at March 1, 2006 09:15 AM
I was actually working on adding BitTorrent support to the Electric Sheep client, but if this is already being worked on, I won't worry about it. I have a lot of other stuff to work on anyway. As a suggestion, each sheep should be in a separate torrent, and the client should scrape all the sheep that it currently has in its cache to see which is in the most "danger" and automatically seed on that one. And of course maximum bandwidth rates and maximum connections should be configurable. Configurable IP type-of-service (TOS) for torrent traffic would also be much appreciated. Posted by: Matt Whitlock at March 2, 2006 08:37 AM
Make sure you can change the port number bit torrent uses, otherwise many of us might not be able to get through filtering. Posted by: Pierce Wetter at March 5, 2006 08:40 AM
i dont know how this works electric sheep Posted by: larry bailey at March 5, 2006 06:36 PM
Is it possible to stop the cache from being deleted? I had close to 4GB i downloaded manually and now it is all just there a way to keep what you have? Posted by: DJ Ballistic at March 8, 2006 09:57 AM
Is it possible to stop the cache from being deleted? I had close to 4GB i downloaded manually and now it is all just there a way to keep what you have? Posted by: DJ Ballistic at March 8, 2006 09:58 AM
@ dirk: you can find Azureus on Sourceforge. just search on for "bittorrent" and you'll likely stumble across Azureus as one of the results. Posted by: anoynomus at March 13, 2006 07:32 AM
BRAZIL love the sheep =) E AE RAPAZEADA DO BRASIL... RUMO AO HEXA EIN!!!!!! Posted by: Sukavog at March 13, 2006 09:41 AM
I'm happy this is now torrented. My HD ended up suffering massive issues and I lost pretty much all my sheeps :( So, it's good to see them here, but hopefully, like someone mentioned, the older sheeps will be torrented at some point as well. Posted by: Jason at March 18, 2006 09:00 AM
Thanx! very simple solution Posted by: Doc at April 10, 2007 06:33 AM
Is the seeder in super seeder mode? It looks like a complete image of the torrent doesn't get out fast enough. Posted by: Bryce at May 29, 2007 08:12 AM
If someone can come up with a way to share the old torrents, I've got almost all of them in this generation. I've got a hold in the data from 978-1183, but I do have the torrent .tor files I do seed single seed torrents from 2800+ when I see them. The problem is, where do you get the old torrent files if you need them? Posted by: Starman at March 15, 2008 10:39 AM
[…]Good site I “Stumbledupon” it today and gave it a stumble for you.. looking forward to seeing what else you have..later[…] Posted by: tom at June 27, 2008 08:14 PM
After I download a package from Bittorent, does it matter if I copy all the files and put them all together in Windows\System32\Electric Sheep\mpeg, or should I keep them in the folders and just copy the folders to Windows\System32\Electric Sheep\mpeg, as another sub directories? Posted by: Orik at September 23, 2008 02:26 AM
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