My BitTorrent download has been stuck at 99.8% for five hours. The bar is green so I have no idea what's going on.

If I pause it and "Force Start" it again there is still no progress.

  1. What's the difference between "Start" and "Force Start"?

  2. What's the difference between "Pause" and "Stop"?

  • And which software are you using? – slhck Aug 10 '11 at 18:50
  • @slhck i downloaded it from here bittorrent.com/downloads – Pacerier Aug 10 '11 at 18:58
  • What is the availability of your file? I suspect that nobody has a full copy, which is why yours is stuck at 99.8%. – Brad Aug 10 '11 at 19:00
  • @Brad wow do you mean the seed is the availability of my file? Because it is currently 0 (0). how do i switch area to search for peers with the file? – Pacerier Aug 10 '11 at 19:05
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    welcome to peer-to-peer :) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peer-to-peer – kokbira Aug 10 '11 at 20:01
  • Force start will force a download even if you have more downloads going then you enabled at once. For example, if you set a max download limit of 3 torrents, and have 5 all set to "Start", only 3 will run at once. However, if you force-start one of them, then 4 will run.

  • Pause doesn't kill your connections, it just (severely) limits your transfer speed. It keeps the connection open between peers/seeders (and the tracker), so you can (almost) instantly resume downloading.

  • Stop closes your connection between you, any peers/seeders, and the tracker.

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    It also means that if you have automatic stop-after-seeding-some-percentage configured, then it will continue seeding regardless of this setting. – Brad Aug 10 '11 at 18:59
  • ok so you are saying if i have unlimited max downloads, Force Start and Start is never going to be any different from the other (and the download speed will not be affected whatsoever)? – Pacerier Aug 10 '11 at 19:00
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    Force start will also start a torrent that is idle (queued) due to no peers. – Moab Aug 10 '11 at 21:33
  • Note that the distinction between pause and stop depends on your client. For example in qBittorent, pause closes connections too. – Awn Jul 22 '18 at 22:13

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