Downloading via XDCC

By now, most if not all of you must have heard how the Megaupload takedown has caused an indirect domino effect to most other major file hosting services. For people like us involved in content sharing and downloading, this ultimately means inconvenience caused by dead links among other things. More details about this have been discussed here.

In relevance with our Fortune Arterial translation project, we have also taken the liberty of providing the game via XDCC for those having problems obtaining a copy. More details here.


What does this have to do with XDCC?
Lately, we have been seeing posts/comments/messages asking us to reupload certain ASL releases. Normally, we would just reupload the requested files, but with the current state of file hosting services, chances are you would be told to try downloading from torrent or XDCC instead. Unlike torrents, XDCC does not depend on seeds and the files will always be available on the bots unless something unexpected happens. This is especially true for older releases, which obviously are more likely to have dead links.


What do I need to download from XDCC?
An IRC client, that is all (okay, also an Internet connection and sufficient disk space). For XDCC to work, you cannot use a web client like Qchat or Mibbit. You need a standalone IRC client, e.g. mIRC, Irssi, XChat-WDK, KVIrc, HydraIRC, etc. Some clients might require you to tweak some settings first before you can download smoothly via XDCC. For this tutorial I will only be giving an example each for mIRC and Irssi, two clients that I personally use. For other clients, please refer to their respective manuals.

Please note that these are just standard settings meant for easy downloading. To connect to an IRC network (in this case Rizon), you can usually use either one of these commands:
Code:
[PLAIN]/connect irc.rizon.net
/server irc.rizon.net[/PLAIN]

Or one of these for SSL connection:
Code:
[PLAIN]/connect -ssl irc.rizon.net 9999
/connect -s irc.rizon.net 9999
/server irc.rizon.net +9999
/sslserver irc.rizon.net 9999[/PLAIN]

Note that Rizon provides more than one port for SSL if you have problems connecting to a specific one. For more elaborate details, check Rizon's server list or try connecting through a standard non-SSL connection and check the MotD to see which ports the server you're connected to allows SSL. If this paragraph makes no sense to you, just ignore it altogether and stick to using either one of the first set of commands.

If none of the commands above work for you, please consult your client's respective manuals.

  • mIRC:
    Tools -> Options -> DCC. Check the "auto-get file" option and adjust it as shown on the picture below.
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    Then click the "trusted" button and key in our bots' hostmasks (if you have no idea what hostmasks are, simply entering their names in the format shown below should suffice). Note that you do not need to have all bots in your trusted list; only add the bot(s) you plan on downloading from. Users in your trusted list can send you files without asking for confirmation; add any other users at your own risk.
    • AS|Sena is for ASL releases in FLAC.
    • AS|Hinata is for ASL releases in V0 VBR MP3.
    • AS|Ruri is for AST releases and related files.
    20121102113156.png


    And finally, go to DCC -> Ignore. Choose the "accept only" option and key in *.rar.
    20121102113300.png

    .
  • Irssi:
    Simply type the commands below, one line at a time. Again, you do not need to have all bots in your autoget list.
    Code:
    [PLAIN]/set dcc_autoget ON
    /set dcc_autoget_masks AS|Sena!*@* AS|Hinata!*@* AS|Ruri!*@*
    /set dcc_autoresume ON[/PLAIN]
    20130806060341.png


    If you run Irssi on a non-Unix-based operating system (e.g. Windows or OSX), the default configuration for directory path-related settings may not work (Irssi is, after all, inherently intended for Unix-based systems).

    To change your download directory, first type
    Code:
    /set dcc_download_path
    and see what Irssi returns. This value is set by default to ~ but you can replace it with whatever path you prefer. You can use an exact path
    Code:
    /set dcc_download_path C:\Users\Adaline\Desktop
    or a relative path,
    Code:
    /set dcc_download_path ./Files/Downloads
    whereby . points to your Irssi installation directory. For example, let's say I installed Irssi to C:\Program Files (x86)\Irssi. Therefore, my download directory will be C:\Program Files (x86)\Irssi\Files\Downloads.

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    Make sure the target directory is fully accessible (not set to read-only; something like 755 or drwxr-xr-x if you run it on a server). For this reason, it is not recommended to set your download path to a protected directory (e.g. C:\Program Files). It is also not generally a good idea to run Irssi or any other IRC client with administrative privileges; therefore, please set your download path to somewhere writeable like Desktop, another disk drive like D:\, etc.


How do I find what I want?
There are two ways:
  1. Go to our XDCC parser and find what you want. It automatically interprets spaces as underscores, so do not worry about them. Found what you are looking for? Good. Click on the item you want and you will see a pop-up box with the syntax you need to paste in your IRC client.

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    And that is all you need for your download to start. You need to stay in the channel (that is #[email protected]) at least until the transfer is complete. The bots will not acknowledge your DCC request if you are not present in at least one of the channels where our bots are.

    Please note that:
    • Javascript is required to use the parser, so you may want to (at least temporarily) disable NoScript and the like.
    • Static content on the parser is cached by our CDN service. This means that your search results may possibly be outdated by up to 24 hours and newly added releases may not appear immediately. For newer releases, please refer to the alternate way below.

  2. Alternatively, join #[email protected] and use the !find (or @find) trigger to find what you want (e.g. !find shimotsuki). The bots will then send you a notice containing the search results.

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    See that each search result begins with numbers? Those are pack numbers; copy-paste the numbers corresponding to the releases you want and send a message to one of the bots with them.

    For ASL FLAC releases:
    Code:
    [PLAIN]/msg AS|Sena XDCC SEND #[/PLAIN]

    For ASL MP3 releases:
    Code:
    [PLAIN]/msg AS|Hinata XDCC SEND #[/PLAIN]

    For AST releases:
    Code:
    [PLAIN]/msg AS|Ruri XDCC SEND #[/PLAIN]

For details on AST releases, please refer to either the info page or this thread for details regarding grabbing the releases via XDCC. Our bots automatically announce new releases as they are added, so feel free to lurk in the channel to get our new releases faster than anyone else (with the exception of staff, of course).

And that concludes this tutorial.

This thread will stay open for questions, not general and/or unrelated comments.
 
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heloo~ I'm using osx and limechat too. It's not a problem on your end, it's a cap for everyone so the server does not go over the limit. The bandwidth you get will vary based on how many people are downloading at once. (it doesn't have to be the same file)

for ex: at 1000 downloads, the server may have to give little bandwidth to all users. If they did not do this, they would have to put you to be on a waiting list until someone else finishes a download.
at 100 downloads on the server, you might get around 1mb/s~ soooo depending on your time zone, there may be different times that's better for you to download something. For me, it's usually in the morning and evening.

If what you're looking for still has an active link for a file host, usually it's good to use that~ I can fix the link if you prefer to download from a file host.
 
We do not have any cap on our bot. In average, users get 2MB/s when downloading from our bot with a capable internet line.

This may be a speed restriction imposed by limechat. Unfortunately, none of the admin uses nor endorse OSX, so we can't tell and we can't advise.
 
I've gotten 1.5mbs (my max speed) one day, and it skipped between 30-250kbs yesterday~
would it really be the client? x_x
 
Server-side speed limit? No.

23:12 [Rizon] DCC received file [ASL]_Various_Artists_-_Ive_GIRLS_COMPILATION_8_-_LEVEL_OCTAVE_[FLAC]_[w_Scans].rar [583MB] from AS|Sena in 00:00:56 [10669.84kB/s]


I can't seem to find anything relevant on Google about Limechat nerfing DCC transfer speed, but I suggest you try another client first as it's the easiest option compared to tampering with your routing and stuff.
 
not sure if this is a bug or not but the pack list number seems to be wrong

/msg AS|Hinata xdcc send #1044

should be GOTHIC LOLITA PROPAGANDA but it isn't and the file is at #1043
 
sometimes the pack updates itself. if we make a change. to make sure you get the right one use !find command first to make sure of the pack number. <<< the best solution. this command will make sure you get the right number.
 
You have a DCC pending, Set your client to receive the transfer. Type "/MSG AS|Sena XDCC CANCEL" to abort the transfer.

Im i missing something? Im using Mibbit.
 
Eh, thanks for answering my problem, does the MIRC notice me when download is complete or i have to check by myself?
Damn, my head is going to blow off after a hard working day. I think im going to donate next month and start requesting for direct link...

edit: oh wait, just figured it out,my bad for the annoying...
 
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I'm using Colloquy (Mac) now. My internet connection lost while I was downloading. Could you tell me how to resume?
 
As long as your client allows resumes, just request the file again and it will automatically pick off where you left.
 
It said "resume supported" but when I request the file again it always starts over.

Edit : I tried request the file again and it worked. Thanks for your advice.
 
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Yes, we serve certain anime series and all ASL releases in our channel
 
Yes, we serve certain anime series and all ASL releases in our channel

Thank you for the information, i didn't know :(

you have XDCC list? and what name is the channel if i want to open with mirc?

Thank you!
 
I'm new to xdcc... I want to know if there is packlist for visual novel in anime sharing... I can't find it here: http://koe.anime-sharing.com/Packlist/ Thanks...^^

From the first post:

In relevance with our Fortune Arterial translation project, we have also taken the liberty of providing the game via XDCC for those having problems obtaining a copy. More details here.

Sorry to disappoint, but nowhere did we state that we also provide visual novels in addition to music (with the sole exception of Fortune Arterial). So no, there isn't a packlist for visual novels on the site or channel.
 
Hey guys I've got a problem with my irc client.

I'm using irssi and I can't manage to get downloads to work anymore.

>DCC can't create file = ~Downloads/[ASL]_Various_Artists_-_Bakemonogatari_Complete_Music_Works_Songs_Soundtracks_[MP3]_[w_Scans].rar: No such file or directory

>-AS|Hinata([email protected])- ** Sending you pack #761 ("[ASL]_Various_Artists_-_Bakemonogatari_Complete_Music_Works_Songs_Soundtracks_[MP3]_[w_Scans].rar"), which is 286MB (resume supported)
>22:40 -AS|Hinata([email protected])- ** Closing Connection: Connection Lost


Does anyone here have a clue how I can fix this problem?

I'd be really grateful.

cheers ~incko
 
Hey guys I've got a problem with my irc client.

I'm using irssi and I can't manage to get downloads to work anymore.

>DCC can't create file = ~Downloads/[ASL]_Various_Artists_-_Bakemonogatari_Complete_Music_Works_Songs_Soundtracks_[MP3]_[w_Scans].rar: No such file or directory

>-AS|Hinata([email protected])- ** Sending you pack #761 ("[ASL]_Various_Artists_-_Bakemonogatari_Complete_Music_Works_Songs_Soundtracks_[MP3]_[w_Scans].rar"), which is 286MB (resume supported)
>22:40 -AS|Hinata([email protected])- ** Closing Connection: Connection Lost


Does anyone here have a clue how I can fix this problem?

I'd be really grateful.

cheers ~incko
Hi, thanks for the question.

I assume you run Irssi on Windows? This is something I overlooked when I wrote the tutorial. I run it on Linux and forgot that the default configuration for directory-related settings may not work on Windows (Irssi is, after all, inherently intended for Unix-based systems).

Fixing this is quite simple. Type:
Code:
/set dcc_download_path
By default, this value is set to ~ but you can replace it with whatever path you prefer. You can use an exact path
Code:
/set dcc_download_path D:\Downloads
or a relative path,
Code:
/set dcc_download_path ./Files/Downloads
whereby . points to your Irssi installation directory. For example, let's say I installed Irssi to D:\Irssi. Therefore, my download directory will be D:\Irssi\Files\Downloads.

Make sure the target directory is fully accessible (not set to read-only; something like 755 or drwxr-xr-x if you run it on a server).

Edit: Updated the tutorial.
 
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It is strongly recommend to use a native compatible client for Windows, such as mIRC (nagware) or X-Chat (opensource/free). For more choice of clients (Windows user only), try to google or visit http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/top-7-free-irc-clients-windows-7/

Note that we do not provide tutorial for other clients here but you can easily guess the typical value from other clients as they are very similar to each other.

If you can write the tutorial for other clients, post it here and I'll gladly stick it to the first post of this thread.
 
First of all, thank you both for your quick answers.

I'm using irssi on Mac OS X actually,

but nevertheless,

I managed to fix my problem thanks to Ignis.

Thank you very much.
 
You're welcome.

As a side note, you might want to take a look at GUI-based IRC clients for OSX, such as LimeChat or Colloquy. (However, I won't provide a tutorial on configuring them as I don't run OSX.)
 

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