On Saturday 27 March 2004 03:10 pm, S wrote:
> When you start Freenet, it immediately tries to connect to as many nodes
> as possible, from the pool of nodes that it knows about. If what you're
> seeing is a bandwidth spike that goes away after a couple of minutes,
> it's probably connections being opened. I imagine that handshaking with
> 50+ nodes could use up all of your bandwidth for awhile.
> It could certainly be something else, though. Check out the Environment
> page from the web interface, go to "Pooled Thread Consumers" and you can
> see what the threads are doing. (Caveat: by loading the main web
> interface page, you're initiating requests for the activelink images of
> the index pages. To avoid this, bookmark the Environment page and go
> straight there as soon as the node starts.)

You're right:
   Class                                                          Threads used
   Checkpoint: Opening connection                                           56
   freenet.interfaces.LocalNIOInterface$ConnectionShell                      1
   freenet.node.states.data.DataStateInitiator                               1
   freenet.node.states.data.TrailerWriteCallbackMessage:true:true            1

I used Lynx to be sure there were no extraneous requests.
It's odd that with so many connections to other nodes, I still get RNFs 
frequently that say "Attempts were made to contact 2 nodes", or even 0, as I 
reported previously.

> With the default settings, Freenet will pretty much saturate a dialup
> link when you're actively using it, and it will eat bandwidth even when
> you aren't using it. If you haven't done so already, you might want to
> tweak the input and output bytes values in the config file.

Yes, but that would cripple *Freenet*. But with any luck, I'll have a Real 
Connection in a couple months.

> Another suggestion is to make sure that the line
> transient=true
> is present in the config file, with no % in front of it. Transient nodes
> do not have any requests routed to them, which cuts down on bandwidth
> usage. As I understand it, there is an anonymity tradeoff here if
> someone is monitoring your requests and knows that your node is
> transient (your node isn't routing other peoples' requests, so all
> requests leaving your node are your own).
I have transient on, and doAnnounce=false. (I don't fear or loathe my 
government, yet.)

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