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Shareaza change log

This lists the major changes between Shareaza v2.5.3.0 r8633 ("Version bumped (non-SSE2).") on June 13, 2010 and v2.5.4.0 r8909 ("Bumped version") on February 12, 2011. There have been a total of 276 revisions during that time.

Note that non-informative log messages, such as "Addition to rXXXX.", "Clean-up." and similar messages have been taken out of the list and sometimes several changes on the same subject have been combined into one statement.

Network support

  • (New) - Added support for eMule search links i.e. ed2k://|search|text_to_find|/
  • (Fix) - Fixed error when seeded file uploading via gnutella.
  • (F) - Fix eD2k download sources not being sorted properly when they update our position in their queue.
  • (N) - Fix a couple of wrong lengths in download fragment selection.
  • (F) - Fix too many hits being added to query hit packets. (G2)
  • (Update) - Advertise all available ranges to G1/2 clients. Optimise range string generation.
  • (F) - Fix gnutella source exchange sending wrongly formatted sources
  • (F) - Fix reflecting gnutella sources back to client
  • (F) - Fix for eD2k & HTTP fragmented file assignment for partial file uploads.
  • (U) - Added own IP address acquiring on every successful incoming and outgoing connect.
  • (F) - Fixed Shareaza never updating to GWCs with no hosts. (ticket Trac Logo 512x512.png#99)
  • (F) - Fixed stuck downloads when many seeding torrents presents.
  • (F) - Relaxed too strict network anti-hammering protection.
  • (N) - Implemented new UPnP/NAT port mapping method.
  • (N) - Implemented UPnP runtime controlling (it restores changed port mappings).
  • (N) - Added periodic refresh of UPnP port mappings (default 30 minutes, new option "Connection.UPnPRefreshTime").
  • (U) - Updated Default services files
  • (F) - Fixed debug assert when Shareaza tries to upload torrent download to non-BitTorrent client.
  • (N) - Added support for uTorrent Peer Exchange UT PEX. (ivan386) (BitTorrent)
  • (N) - Added support for tracker exchange ("lt_tex"). (BitTorrent)
  • (U) - Changed Hub-rating calculation (added free memory bonus, 64-bit bonus, halfed multi-processor bonus).
  • (U) - Fixed wrong sending of HAW packet on connecting. (G2)
  • (N) - Added protection against query hammering.
  • (N) - Added G2_PACKET_RETRY_AFTER-part to query ack packets.
  • (N) - General.MinTransfersRest option defaulted to 50 ms and enforced.
  • (U) - Deprecated Bandwidth.HubUploads option, now Hub upload limit set to 50% (when Uploads.HubUnshare option is on).
  • (F) - Fixed bug that caused some Hubs to not to accept leaf connections and therefore stay at 0 leaves all the time. (So-called 0-leaf bug; ticket Trac Logo 512x512.png#127)
  • (F) - Fixed false positive torrent encoding error.
  • (F) - Fixed packet parsing in CChatSession. (G2)

DC++ support

  • (N) - Implemented limited DC++ support. It can/has:
    • Connect to DC++ Hubs in active mode
    • Show all commands in system log
    • Search for files on Hub
    • Answer on incoming searches
    • Upload Library files
    • Upload Library file list (files.xml.bz2)
    • Mount file lists as Library collections.
    • Log DC++ UDP packets
    • Support for DC++ redirection command ($ForceMove)
    • Support for DC++ user bad name command ($ValidateDenide)
    • Some support for the DC++ password command ($GetPass)
    • Support of DC++ "$ADCGET list" command
    • Download
    • Search
    • Support for download and upload queues
    • Experimental support for overlapped upload requests
    • Import "hublist.xml.bz2" files by dropping it to Shareaza or opening them via the Host Cache.
    • DC++ URL support
  • (N) - Created "dcfile://" URL handler. Its new nonstandard URL type defines direct DC++ download. Format: "dcfile://HubIP:HubPort/User/TTH:FileTigerTreeRootHash/FileSize/".
  • (U) - Added "DC++" to vendors cache.

Crash fixes

  • (F) - Fixed crash caused by bad Italian translation.
  • (F) - Fixed tray popup crash.
  • (F) - Fixed crash when bad data found in crash log.
  • (F) - Fixed Shareaza crash during playing of damaged video.
  • (F) - Fixed crash during .mp3 ID3 tag parsing with invalid Genre field.
  • (F) - Fixed crash caused by bad BitTorrent packet.
  • (F) - Fixed rare crash when user quickly selects views of Library.
  • (F) - Fixed scheduler crash when "hang-up connection" task found more than one Internet connection.
  • (F) - Fixed rare crash when library remotely browsed and updated at same time.
  • (F) - Added workaround for plugin crash on Shareaza exit.
  • (F) - Workaround for download preview crash on cancel.
  • (F) - Fixed incoming browse request crash when some Library files were deleted outside Shareaza before that.

Internal and functional changes

  • (N) - Added /RegServerPerUser and /UnRegServerPerUser command line switches.
  • (F) - Better handling of unsupported codecs in Shareaza Media Player plugin.
  • (U) - Optimized library search by hash.
  • (N) - Added more strict file equality comparison by hash, size and name.
  • (F) - Fixed a bug that made the job times change within the scheduler if the computer was turned on later than the time at which a specific task had been scheduled.
  • (U) - Improved GFLReader plugin's image loading process.
  • (U) - Added faster and more robust way of closing Shareaza during hashing process.
  • (N) - Added more protection against downloads overload (too many sources, bad settings etc.).
  • (U) - Enhanced Scheduler shut-down mechanism.
  • (N) - Added dropped UDP packets debug logging.
  • (N) - Added new option "Connection.IgnoreOwnUDP" to ignore own datagrams (helps debugging).
  • (U) - Optimized compressing and decompressing of memory blocks.
  • (U) - Optimized SQLite interfaces.
  • (U) - Renamed "Gnutella2.QueryHostThrottle" option to "Gnutella2.QueryThrottle", "eDonkey.QueryServerThrottle" to "eDonkey.QueryThrottle". Removed "Gnutella1.RequeryDelay" option.
  • (U) - Changed "Connection.EnableUPnP" option default to "true".
  • (U) - Optimized Security object.
  • (U) - Updated VirusTotal plugin, uses new API compatible with any browser.
  • (N) - Added using of delay loaded DLLs.
  • (U) - Added ogv, webm, oga to audio/video schemas
  • (N) - Added low I/O priority for some file operations (Transfers, Library Builder, Download Tasks) under Vista and above.
  • (U) - Optimized download previews.
  • (F) - Fixed invalid metadata extraction when .mp3-file has empty IDv2.
  • (F) - Fixed XML parsing for Bitzi. Library.PreferAPETags option deprecated.
  • (F) - Fixed DocumentReader and RatDVDPlugin plugins. Enforced XML checks.
  • (U) - Optimized internal metadata builder. Library.ScanMPC option deprecated.
  • (U) - Added skin images caching (now less memory used).
  • (U) - Reduced Shareaza start-up time (postponed all starting threads).
  • (U) - Did some updates to the media player
  • (U) - Updated default security file (removed .wmv/.wma and private net)
  • (U) - Updated GeoIP database
  • (U) - Updated SQlite 3.5.8 -> 3.7.4
  • (U) - Updated BZip 1.0.5 -> 1.0.6
  • (U) - Updated Zlib 1.2.3 -> 1.2.5

Graphical / GUI changes

  • (F) - Fixed Smart Download Preview window which did not close automatically or got stuck sometimes
  • (F) - Fixed cut lines in IRC Chat Window.
  • (F) - Fixed IRC window updates when Apply button pressed in Settings dialog.
  • (U) - Changed option "Settings.IRC.Timestamp" to "on" by default.
  • (F) - Fixed library files 48x48 icons loading.
  • (U) - Improved MediaPlayer recovery after codec crash.
  • (F) - Fix completed downloads being filtered from download control, optimised filtering
  • (U) - Made hash progress window flexible.
  • (U) - Changed the way download sources are coloured (colours generated randomly).
  • (N) - Added interface elements for DC++.
  • (U) - Added new GUI behavior: "Library" button now switches views between "Folders" and "Organizer" starting from second click.
  • (N) - Library views now remembers its selected folders.
  • (U) - Updated Flags. Added country flags to Host Cache window. Fixed bad sized protocol icons of Neighbours Window.
  • (U) - Patch to show source counts by real source count + alternate source counts in the search results.
  • (N) - Library now has initial selections as Default Download folder for Folders view and Favorites album for Organizer view.
  • (N) - Added BitTorrent packet dumps.
  • (U) - Improved packet dumps.
  • (U) - Updated lots of stuff on the Scheduler.
  • (F) - Fixed selection of user media players, now an unlimited number of custom players is supported.
  • (U) - Unified file execution process, enforced its security, added "too many files" confirmation (for Play Album button).
  • (N) - Added automatic detection of media players (AIMP2, GOM Player, MPlayer, SMPlayer, etc.).
  • (U) - Relaxed reaction on skin load error, now in most cases Shareaza agreed to load incomplete skin. Added more skin validation checks.
  • (N) - Added language file early loading (so command-line options and splash dialog can now be translated too).
  • (N) - Added Shareaza self-restart on language change.
  • (N) - Added new command-line option "-wait" - Shareaza will wait for another Shareaza instance exit and then continue execution.
  • (N) - Added command-line transmission from second Shareaza instance to first (to open files without using DDE for example as FireFox does).
  • (N) - Host (from Host Cache) now can use DNS-name also (was IP address only).
  • (N) - Added full-screen application detection to prevent hash window show.
  • (F) - Fixed tooltip flicker effect. Download and Upload tips made more dynamic.
  • (N) - Added completed download move indicator.
  • (U) - Added more detailed Gnutella query statistics: old "Gnutella Local Queries" divided by "Gnutella Incoming Queries" (all incoming packets) and "Gnutella Processed Queries" (good and accepted for feature processing packets).
  • (U) - Added Shareaza logo to background in Window Mode. Removed all default windows in Window Mode.
  • (F) - Fixed Neighbours window Time column sorting.
  • (U) - Updated a lot of icons on various places.
  • (F) - Fixed and optimized remote interface.
  • (F) - Fixed Skin colour duplicate calculations.
  • (F) - Fixed missed Library interface updates when file metadata was changed.


  • (N) - Added "No Banner" skin to setup.
  • (F) - Fixed Shareaza internal components and associations registration under limited user and administrative accounts. (Now everyone should be able to see and use all plugins again.)
  • (N) - Added X-Mas skin.

Updated languages:

  • (U) - Dutch (roestvrijstaal)
  • (U) - French (zigozag)
  • (U) - Russian (raspopov/Ryo-oh-ki)

and last but not least...

  • (F+N+U) - Fixed lots of minor bugs, made thousands of smaller optimizations ... and got rid of half a million of crashes not named above. Of course, we did also create some new ones, else it wouldn't be fun any more. :)
  • (F+N+U) - Made lots of smaller changes for VS2010 support
  • (F) - Fixed lots of compiler warnings
  • (U) - Updated copyright info in some of our files which did still mention shareaza*com.
  • (N) - Created new SkinUpdate utility. It can test resources for validity, extract string tables from RC-file and save the result as XML-file.

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