Winny Guide
index : intro/resources : setup : usage : tips
Last updated: 2004-04-09

This page describes each of the tabbed views.


The most straightforward way to download a file is to first go to the search view, select the files you like, then observer the progress in the task view. But Winny provides a lot more advanced functions than just that, described in view order below.

  1. Toolbar
  2. Node Information
  3. BBS Node Information
  4. Folder Information
  5. File Search
  6. Download Rules
  7. Ignore Rules
  8. Task Information
  9. Log Information
  10. System Information

0. Toolbar

toolbar

The top menu and toolbar are present in all views.

The fields on the toolbar are:

The tabs below toggle the views for each pane. Which tabs are visible can be configured through the left pane.

The menu's functionality is mostly duplicated by other parts of the GUI. From left to right, the items are:
File   Search history   Display   Help
file menu search history menu display menu help menu
  • exit
  • clear history
  • edit history
  • reload history
  • clear trip history
  • display left pane
  • display top pane
  • display bottom pane
  • show main communication status
  • show secondary communication status
  • version information
  • go to Winny's site


1. Node Information

node information

This view lists all the connections and their state. This is also the view to add initial nodes (Winny will start with these nodes, then discover other peers automatically).

Buttons (left to right):

Columns (left to right)


2. BBS Node Information

bbs node information

This lists the nodes used for BBS operations. Winny's BBS system is a very functional one (similar to 2ch), and often you can find interesting topics and file/hash lists in the threads.

Buttons (left to right):

The columns are exactly the same as those listed in the node list.


3. Folder Information

folder information

This manages directories when you share files to others.

Buttons (left to right):

Columns (left to right):

Right click in the folder list area brings up a popup menu.


3a. Add folder
add folder dialog

Add public folder

  • When you add folders under folders, they are added as separate folders.
  • Trip is used to identify the same set of files.

Folder name

Folder path [browse]

Trip

This is the dialog box you see when you press the "add folder" button.


3b. Folder popup menu
folder menu
  • open folder
  • delete folder


4. File Search

file search

This is where the file searches take place. Top of the view are the search tabs (if you enabled them and placed them at the top, see file operations settings). Main part of the view are the actual search results.

Buttons (left to right):

Columns (left to right):

Double click on a file will add it to download list.

Right click in the file list brings up a popup menu.

Right click in the search tabs brings up a popup menu.

To download multiple files at once, select multiple files by dragging the left mouse button (or use shift + arrow keys with keyboard), then use the right click menu.


4a. Priorities
priorities setting

Set priorities when downloading multiple files (download priorities at search screen)

  • Size - favor smaller files / favor bigger files
  • Block count - favor virtual keys / favor complete keys
  • Cache amount - favor less cached files / favor more redundant files
  • Update time - favor older files / favor newer files

[set unbiased priorities]

This affects the "priorities" columns in the file list view. Setting unbiased priorities (all sliders to center) causes all priorities to be zero.

Older files are usually harder to find. Less redundant (less cached) files are less popular, so usually more difficult to download.


4b. File list popup menu
file list menu
  • add to download list
  • popup download rules dialog and add to download list
  • add to ignore list
  • designate as fake file
  • try download only once
  • remove from download list
  • show header block
  • convert
  • copy file name to clipboard
  • copy trip to clipboard
  • copy hash to clipboard
  • copy all key information to clipboard


4c. Search tabs popup menu
search tab menu
  • delete this tab
  • delete tabs to the right
  • delete tabs to the left
  • delete all search tabs
  • edit
  • reload
  • copy to download rules
  • clear and copy from download rules


5. Download Rules

download rules

This view lists all files (or file patterns) you are trying to download, the moving red dot shows the current rule that Winny is processing (this jumps with respect to the priorities set on the files).

Buttons (left to right):

Columns (left to right):

Right click in the listings will bring up a popup menu.

To remove several rules at once, select multiple rules by dragging the left mouse button (or use shift + arrow keys with keyboard), then use the right click menu.


5a. Download/ignore rules dialog
download/ignore rules

Automatically download or ignore based on rules

  • Keywords are separated by white space, matched with AND constraint
  • Prefix keywords with '-' for negation
  • If sizes are zero then file size is unlimited
  • The first three download rules are used in clusters
  • To suppress download in clusters, set minimum size to 4096

Search rules

  • Keyword
  • Trip
  • Hash
  • Size upper bound (MByte)
  • Size lower bound (MByte)
  • BBS key [make settings for cluster use in not downloading file]
  • Delete rule after download completes

Ignore rules

  • Do not download if rule matches
  • Delete keys if rules matched (and clear cache)
  • Disconnect nodes that send large quantities of matching keys (if hash is specified, mark the file as fake)

This is the dialog to add download patterns, for download files that you believe exists but are currently not seen in the search results. For example, in downloading episodes that has not yet broadcasted. Designing the right rules may take some experience, see the tips page.

To prevent automated download rules from collecting garbage, you will need to add ignore rules. Winny will see that files do not match the ignore rules first before matching them against download rules. Setting ignore rules follows the same semantics as setting download rules, except you check the checkbox "do not download if rule matches".


5b. Downloads popup menu
downloads popup menu


6. Ignore Rules

ignore rules

List of currently currently ignored keys, complementing the download rules. The red dot shows the current rule that Winny is processing.

Buttons (left to right):

Columns (left to right):

Right click will bring up a popup menu.

To remove several rules at once, select multiple rules by dragging the left mouse button (or use shift + arrow keys with keyboard), then use the right click menu.


6a. Ignore rules popup menu
ignore rules menu


7. Task Information

task information

This view shows what Winny is currently doing, and what it has already done.

Buttons (left to right):

Columns (left to right):

Right click in this list brings up a popup menu.


7a. Tasks popup menu
tasks menu


8. Log Information

log information

This view shows Winny's system activities. The single button says "clear log".

Successful events are in green, failed events are in red. Typical error events:

Right click brings up this popup menu:
log menu
  • Copy selected text to clipboard.


System Information

system information

This shows all the numbers you ever want to know about Winny.
  • Number of upload folders
  • Number of upload files
  • Number of upload files for BBS
  • Number of cached files
  • Cache size
  • Amount of empty space on cache drive
  • Amount of empty space on download drive
  • Time elapsed in download attempts
  • Average size of files attempted for download
  • Average cache size of files attempted for download
  • Number of download attempts
  • Number of connection limit errors
  • Number of successful downloads
  • Number of key loss errors
  • Number of timeout errors
  • Number of download rules
  • Number of ignore rules
  • Location of Winny executable
  • Cache folder location
  • Download folder location
  • BBS folder location
  
  • Dedicated BBS node
  • Part of BBS cluster
  • BBS search link connected
  • DDNS name
  • Upload speed
  • Accept port number
  • BBS accept port number
  • Key buffer size
  • Key search table size / garbage collect
  • Number of keys kept
  • Virtual file keys upper limit
  • Number of upstream virtual file keys
  • Number of downstream virtual file keys
  • Number of upstream virtual BBS keys
  • Number of downstream virtual BBS keys
  • Number of partially cached keys
  • Number of fully cached keys
  • Number of upload file keys
  • Number of nodes kept / buffer size
  • Number of BBS nodes kept / buffer size
  • Number of tasks / buffer size
  • Number of queries / buffer size

Note in the above text, "upstream" and "downstream" refers to the Winny hierarchy, and may not be the intuitive network flow direction.

Right click brings up this popup menu:
log menu
  • Copy selected text to clipboard.



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