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Old June 15th, 2001
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Default This thing is stuffed...

What gives with phex? I am on a 56k modem, running windows ME. When I launch phex as instructed, things seem to go fine, until I start a search. When I do phex brings back some good results, but then freezes completely after about 2/3sec. The only way out is to use Ctlr, Alt and delete. Also the little option icons along the top of the phex window are completely greyed out. They seem to stay that way no matter what. Only the connections icon seems active. The download page says I need two downloadable files. I got Java, but wasn't at all sure what to do with the second one. It doesn't seem to be an executable program. I'm sorry, I am very much a novice. Perhaps you can consider this when advising me...

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Old June 15th, 2001
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Default Searching/downloading

Erm... sometimes it seems to work, hassles happen when you get too many hits. But I heard this thing can use multiple hosts to download from. That is it can build a list of hosts and start downloading from a diffent one when the original download/host fails. Can it do this? How do I get it to do it? Gnucleous does this, but doesn't save the hosts, I heard this did and that is why I downoaded it.
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Old June 16th, 2001
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alexander is flying high
Default Re: Searching/downloading

reply to This thing is stuffed...
Sounds like a memory problem to me. How many MB of RAM do You have?
I wouldn't recomend java swing applications like phex for anything with less than 128MB ram.

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> hassles happen when you get too many hits.
What do You mean by this. It doesn't sound very good.
>start downloading from a diffent one when the original download/host fails.
Yes it does. It would even continue an aborted transmission with a file from a different host. It will search for files with same filesize and similar sounding names. Sometimes You wan't to narrow down the search for names by giving a special search term.
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Old June 17th, 2001
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Default Follow-up

Not a memory issue friend. I have 384MB oof Ram with 61% free. I have a 1.2 Athlon with a Gig. motherboard. I don't think this program saves the full list of previous hosts to resume from on restarting the program. It freaks and freezes when a query returns thousands of hits. Java works fine. No problems.
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Old June 17th, 2001
Join Date: June 9th, 2001
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alexander is flying high
Default Re: Follow-up

OK, so this is a bug, I will try to reproduce it. Does it happen when You have to many replies in the search window or with to many replies when searching for new candidates in the download window? I can't remember of any limit for the number of candidates in the download window. This is an open issue also.
Thanks for the hint,
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Old June 20th, 2001
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I get exactly the same behaviour when running Phex 0.5.0 in Linux...

Search for something...
...get results...
Search for something else...
...start getting results....
...then Phex completely freezes :-/ hmmmm

Doing a "top" shows that Phex at this stage isn't hogging the CPU or anything, it's just sitting there looking at me completely frozen - a minimise/maximise and the window is completely blank/grey, showing that the program's not updating the screen.

It's a pity Phex is doing this, coz I think it's a great program, if it didn't exhibit that annoying feature


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Old June 20th, 2001
Join Date: June 9th, 2001
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alexander is flying high
Arrow Follow up

> Doing a "top" shows that Phex at this stage isn't hogging the CPU or
> anything, it's just sitting there looking at me completely frozen - a
> minimise/maximise and the window is completely blank/grey, showing
> that the program's not updating the screen.

Good info. To track this down: Start phex from a terminal. If it frezes again look for java errors. Mail these to
Unfortunately I can't reproduce these lockups here and have never expierienced something like this so the errors would be very helpfull. If there are no errors at lockup and no cpu usage that would be strange.
Usually in swing apps, there are seperate tasks for updating the screen.
These call phex methods to see what they should update. I guess that these have a bug and crash, killing the swing update process by the way.
And please state what java version You are using when reporting a problem.
I made some tests with suns java 1.3.1, 1.3.0_02 and 1.2.2.
Just report the version displayed by the command "java -version"
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Old June 22nd, 2001
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(Re: Phex on Linux)

Hmmmmmm......weird...and typical

Can't seem to crash Phex now, after posting that
last report...

Seems to be working perfectly now - no amount of
searches seem to faze it at all

Will keep an eye on it.



(P.S. : Was using Phex for the first time on Mandrake 8 with Kernel 2.4.5, 256 Mb Ram , and Sun's ;
java version "1.3.1"
Java(TM) 2 Runtime Environment, Standard Edition (build 1.3.1-b24)
Java HotSpot(TM) Client VM (build 1.3.1-b24, mixed mode)
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Old June 27th, 2001
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Arrow Phex 0.5.0 and 0.5.1 both produce crashes on my machine

Phex, which is definitely my favourite gnutella client, unfortunately doesn't work stable anymore in the 0.5.x versions. I can absolutely reproduce this error. It always appears when a search query returns a big amount of files (i can't tell where the limit is, but whenever I get just a few returns, it works fine).
If Phex crashes, all you can see is an empty window that can't be shut the normal way.

At the moment I'm using Phex on a machine with a 1 GHz AMD processor, 192 MB of RAM and a Windows ME environment. The problem is that I have recently changed this. Before I was using Phex 0.4.6 on a 500 Mhz Pentium II and Win 98 with the same amount of RAM. Thus, a hardware problem cannot be excluded, although I rather suspect a bug in Phex.
I hope this can be fixed soon.
Question: Is there a version of Phex older than 0.5.0 still available on the net?
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Old June 27th, 2001
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Join Date: August 7th, 2000
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Default we´re working on it

We are aware of this and we can also reproduce this bug. Currently we are trying to find and fix it, but it isn´t as simple as it may appear. However, we hope to be able to provide a fixed release soon.

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