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Old September 16th, 2003
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Unhappy Awaiting Sources....

Hello All,

I am new to LimeWire and have tried downloading a few files. All of these come up with a message of awaiting sources.

One file in perticular says "Waiting in Line, Position 1" and then it says "Waiting (so many seconds from 60) for 2 busy" then after this "Waiting (so many seconds from 60) for 1 busy", just when I think the download should start it goes to saying "Awaiting Sources" and everything grinds to a halt. Is this normal and I just have to be patient and wait or am I doing something wrong?


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Old September 19th, 2003
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Chrome is flying high

You may get "awaiting sources" for all your downloads forever actually. There is a bug, or something written in on purpose that will black-list some users so they can't download anything. At one time not long ago I was able to download almost everything, then one day nothing at all. It's been like this for months now. Time to give up. Oddly enough I run another computer with LW...a dail-up with 80% success, opposed to the issues with my T3 connected machine with 0%. Reinstalling won't work BTW.
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Old September 19th, 2003
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Found the solution!!! CTO sent this out to a bunch of digruntled reviewers on "VersionTracker"...It works!!!

Here is the secret about the awaiting sources state of downloads. We (the developers) had to take out the automated requerying that use to occur within LimeWire. This type of automated activity was what killed the original Gnutella network. However, if you have a download in the awaiting sources state, what you can do is manually type a more specific search for the file name and the download will kick in automatically!!

There is really no way right now to do this automatically without causing network overload. We are trying to rely on the "download mesh" per file but if some users don't do a full search on the specific file then the download mesh doesn't get fully connected and populated. Once one user does a specific search, it should help all users. In the future we may be able to rely on what is called a DHT (distributed hash table) but the implementation and maintenance of these have various issues. In the meantime, we need one person at least to manually search for and kickoff specific searches/downloads to bootstrap the download mesh per file.

Please quit dissing the developers here. I believe that we have some of the smartest P2P developers at LimeWire. We have gone a long way in taking the preexisting Gnutella network and creating something that works quite well. To those of you that have a lot of problems, I find that a great mystery. With millions of users, some will always have problems. We just don't have any problems with any of our tests. If there are consistent problems, please register the issues at And finally, we are working on putting out better changelogs. We are just very focused on developing and getting out good versions. Given that we are open source, this occasionally means that we need to release multiple versions in order to fix all the diverse problems that can arise.


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