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nzbget-13.0 - 14 Jul. 2014

  • reworked download queue:
    • queue now holds nzb-jobs instead of individual files (contained within nzbs);
    • this drastically improves performance when managing queue containing big nzb-files on operations such as pause/unpause/move items;
    • tested with queue of 30 nzb-files each 40-100GB size (total queue size 1.5TB) - queue managing is fast even on slow device;
    • limitation: individual files (contained within nzbs) now cannot be moved beyond nzb borders (in older version it was possible to move individual files freely and mix files from different nzbs, although this feature was not supported in web-interface and therefore was not much known);
    • this change opens doors for further speed optimizations and integration of download queue with post-processing queue and possibly url-queue;
    • current download data such as remained size or size of paused files is now internally automatically updated on related events (download of article is completed, queue edited, etc.);
    • this eliminates the need of calculating this data upon each RPC-request (from web-interface) and greatly decrease CPU load of processing RPC-requests when having large download queue (and/or large nzb-files in queue);
    • field "Priority" was removed from individual files;
    • instead nzb-files (collections) now have field "Priority";
    • nzb-files now also have new fields "MinTime" and "MaxTime", which are set when nzb-file is parsed and then kept;
    • this eliminates the need of recalculation file statistics (min and max priority, min and max time);
    • removed action "FileSetPriority" from RPC-command "editqueue";
    • removed action "I" from remote command "--edit/-E" for individual files (now it is allowed for groups only);
    • removed few (not more necessary) checks from duplicate manager;
    • merged post-processing queue into main download queue;
    • changing the order of (pp-queued) items in the download queue now also means changing the order of post-processing jobs;
    • priorities of downloads are now respected when picking the next queued post-processing job;
    • the moving of download items in web-interface is now allowed for downloads queued for post-processing;
    • removed actions of remote command "--edit/-E" and of RPC-method "editqueue" used to move post-processing jobs in the post-processing queue (the moving of download items should be used instead);
    • remote command "-E/--edit" and RPC-method "editqueue" now use NZBIDs of groups to edit groups (instead of using ID of any file in the group as in older versions);
    • remote command "-L/--list" for groups (G) and group-view in curses-frontend now print NZBIDs instead of "FirstID-LastID";
    • RPC-method "listgroups" returns NZBIDs in fields "FirstID" and "LastID", which are usually used as arguments to "editqueue" (for compatibility with existing third-party software);
    • items queued for post-processing and not having any remaining files now can be edited (to cancel post-processing), which was not possibly before due to lack of "LastID" in empty groups;
    • edit commands for download queue and post-processing queue are now both use the same IDs (NZBIDs);
    • merged url queue into main download queue;
    • urls added to queue are now immediately shown in web-interface;
    • urls can be reordered and deleted;
    • when urls are fetched the downloaded nzb-files are put into queue at the positions of their urls;
    • this solves the problem with fetched nzb-files ordered differently than the urls if the fetching of upper (position wise) urls were completed after the lower urls;
    • removed options "ReloadUrlQueue" and "ReloadPostQueue" since there are no separate url- and post-queues anymore;
    • nzb-files added via urls have new field "URL" which can be accessed via RPC-methods "listgroups" and "history";
    • new env. var. "NZBNP_URL", "NZBNA_URL" and "NZBPP_URL" passed to scan-, queue- and pp-scripts;
    • removed remote command "--list U", urls are now shown as groups by command "--list G";
    • RPC-method "urlqueue" is still supported for compatibility but should not be used since the urls are now returned by method "listgroups", the entries have new field "Kind" which can be "NZB" or "URL";
  • added collecting of download volume statistics data per news server:
    • in web-interface the data is shown as chart in "Statistics and Status" dialog;
    • new RPC-method "servervolumes" returns the collected data;
    • new RPC-method "resetservervolume" to reset the custom counter;
  • fast par-renamer now automatically detects and renames misnamed (obfuscated) par2-files;
  • for downloads not having any (obviously named) par2-files the critical health is assumed 85% instead of 100% as the absense of par2-files suggests:
    • this avoids the possibly false triggering of health-check action (delete or pause) for downloads having misnamed (obfuscated) par2-files;
    • combined with improved fast par-renamer this provides proper processing of downloads with misnamed (obfuscated) par2-files;
  • fast par-renamer now detects missing files (files listed in par2-files but not present on disk): * when checking for missing files the files whose extensions match with option "ExtCleanupDisk" are ignored now (to avoid time consuming restoring of files which will be deleted later anyway);
    • added option "ParIgnoreExt" which lists files which do not trigger par-repair if they are missing (similar to option "ExtCleanupDisk" but those files are not deleted during cleanup);
  • added new choice "Always" for option "ParCheck":
    • it forces the par-check for every (even undamaged) download but in contrast to choice "Force" only one par2-file is downloaded first;
    • additional files are downloaded if needed;
  • improved par-check for damaged collections with multiple par-sets and having missing files:
    • only orphaned files (not belonging to any par-set) are scanned when looking for missing files;
    • this greatly decrease the par-check time for big collections;
  • eliminated the distinction between manual pause and soft-pause:
    • there is only one pause register now;
    • options "ParPauseQueue", "UnpackPauseQueue" and "ScriptPauseQueue" do not change the state of the pause but instead are respected directly;
    • RPC-methods "pausedownload2" and "resumedownload2" are aliases to "pausedownload" and "resumedownload" (kept for compatibility);
    • field "Download2Paused" of RPC-method "status" is an alias to "DownloadPaused" (kept for compatibility);
    • action "D2" of remote commands "--pause/-P" and "--unpause/-U" is not supported anymore;
  • implemented general scripts concept:
    • the concept is a logical extension of the post-processing scripts concept initially introduced in v11;
    • the general scripts concept applies to all scripts used in the program: scan-script, queue-script and scheduler-script (in addition to post-processing scripts);
    • option "NzbProcess" renamed to "ScanScript";
    • option "NzbAddedProcess" renamed to "QueueScript";
    • option "DefScript" and "CategoryX.DefScript" renamed to "PostScript" and "CategoryX.PostScript" (options with old names are recognized and automatically converted on first settings saving);
    • new option "TaskX.Script";
    • old option "TaskX.Process" kept for scheduling of external programs not related to nzbget (to avoid writing of intermediate proxy scripts);
    • scan-script, queue-script and scheduler-script now work similar to post-processing scripts:
      • scripts must be put into scripts-directory;
      • scripts can be configured via web-interface and can have options;
      • multiple scripts can be chosen for each scripts-option, all chosen scripts are executed;
      • program and script options are passed to the script as env. variables;
    • renamed default directory with scripts from "ppscripts" to "scripts";
    • script signature indicates the type of script (post-processing, scan, queue or scheduler);
    • one script can have mixed signature allowing it to be used for multiple purposes (for example a notification script can send a notification on both events: after adding to queue and after post-processing);
    • result of RPC-method "configtemplates" has new fields "PostScript", "ScanScript", "QueueScript", "SchedulerScript" to indicate the purpose of the script;
    • queue-script (formerly NzbAddedProcess) has new parameter "NZBNA_EVENT" indicating the reason of calling the script; currently the script is called only after adding of files to download queue and therefore the parameter is always set to "NZB_ADDED" but the queue-script can be called on other events in the future too;
  • post-processing scripts now have two new parameters:
    • env. var "NZBPP_STATUS" indicates the status of download including the total status (SUCCESS, FAILURE, etc.) and the detail field (for example in case of failures: PAR, UNPACK, etc.);
    • env. var "NZBPP_TOTALSTATUS" is equal to the total status of parameter "NZBPP_STATUS" and is provided for convenience (to avoid parsing of "NZBPP_STATUS");
    • the new parameters provide a simple way for pp-scripts to determine download status without a guess work needed in previous versions;
    • parameters "NZBPP_PARSTATUS" and "NZBPP_UNPACKSTATUS" are now considered deprecated (still passed for compatibility);
    • updated script "EMail.py" to use new parameters "NZBPP_TOTALSTATUS" and "NZBPP_STATUS" instead of "NZBPP_PARSTATUS" and "NZBPP_UNPACKSTATUS";
  • when changing category in web-interface the post-processing parameters are now automatically updated according to new category settings:
    • only parameters which are different in old and new category are changed;
    • parameters which present in both or in neither categories are not changed;
    • that ensures that only the relevant parameters are updated and parameters which were manually changed by user remain they settings when it make sense;
    • in the "download details dialog" the new parameters are updated on the postprocess-tab directly after changing of category and can be controlled before saving;
    • in the "edit multiple downloads dialog" the parameters are updated individually for each download on saving;
    • new action "CP" of remote command "--edit/-E" for groups to set category and apply parameters;
    • new action "GroupApplyCategory of RPC-method "editqueue" for the same purpose;
  • changed the way option "ContinuePartial" works:
    • now the information about completed articles is stored in a special file in QueueDir;
    • when option "DirectWrite" is active no separate flag-files per article are created in TempDir;
    • the file contains additional information, which were not stored/available before;
  • improved per-server/per-nzb article completion statistics:
    • the statistics are now available for active downloads in details dialog (not only for history);
    • the info on that page is constantly updated as long as the page is active (unless refresh is disabled);
    • download age info removed from details dialog to save place (it is shown in the download list anyway);
    • if backup news-servers start to be used for nzb-file a badge appears in the download list showing the percentage of articles downloaded from backup servers;
    • click on the badge opens download details dialog directly on the completion page;
    • per-server/per-nzb article completion statistics are now available via RPC-method "listgroups" for active downloads (not only for "history");
  • improved RPC-API:
    • RPC-method "listgroups" now returns info about post-processing similar to info returned by method "postqueue";
    • RPC-method "postqueue" is obsolete now;
    • web-interface requires less requests to NZBGet on each page update and it is now easier for third-party developers to obtain the info about download and post-processing status (no need to merge download queue and post queue);
    • RPC-method "listgroups" now returns new field "Status" making it easier for third-party apps to determine the status of download entry;
    • new field "Status" in RPC-method "history" to allow third-party apps easier determine the status of an item without inspecting status-fields of every processing step;
    • changed web-interface to use new field "Status";
    • method "append" now returns id of added nzb-file or "0" on an error;
    • this makes it easier for third-party apps to track added nzb-files;
    • for backward compatibility with older software expecting a boolean result the old version of method "append" is still supported;
    • the new version of method "append" has a different signature (order of parameters);
    • parameter "content" can now be either nzb-file content (encoded in base 64) or an URL;
    • this makes the method "appendurl" obsolete (still supported for compatibility);
    • if an URL was added to queue the queue entry created for fetched nzb-file has the same "NZBID" for easier tracking;
    • history items now preserve "NZBID" from queue items; that makes the tracking of items across queue and history easier for third-party apps;
    • field "NZBID" returned by RPC-method "history" is now available for history items of all kinds (NZB, URL, DUP); field "ID" is deprecated and should not be used;
  • added force-priorities:
    • downloads with priorities equal to or greater than 900 are downloaded and post-processed even if the program is in paused state (force mode);
    • in web-interface the combo for choosing priority has new entry "force" (priority value 900);
    • new fields "ForcedSizeLo", "ForcedSizeHi" and "ForcedSizeMB" returned by RPC-method "status";
  • post-processing scripts which move the whole download into a new location can inform the program about new location using command "[NZB] DIRECTORY=/new/path", allowing other scripts to process files further;
  • added support for power management on windows to avoid pc going into sleep mode during download or post-processing;
  • apostrophe is not considered an invalid file name character anymore;
  • adjusted modules initialization to avoid possible bugs due to delayed thread starts;
  • reorganized source code directory structure: created directory "daemon" with several subdirectories and put all source code files there;
  • added new option "PropagationDelay", which sets the minimum post age to download; newer posts are kept on hold in download queue until they get older than the defined delay, after that they are downloaded;
  • download speeds above 1024 KB/s are now indicated in MB/s;
  • data sizes above 1000 GB are now shown as TB in web-interface (instead of GB);
  • splitted files are now joined automatically (again);
  • adjusted modules initialization to avoid possible bugs due to delayed thread starts;
  • extended info printed by remote command "nzbget -B dump" (for debug purposes);
  • eliminated loop waiting time in queue coordinator on certain conditions - may improve performance on very high speed connections;
  • increased few wait intervals which were unnecessary too small;
  • improved error reporting: added error check when closing article file for writing and when deleting files or directories;
  • when building nzbget if both OpenSSL and GnuTLS are available now using OpenSSL by default (the preferred library can still be selected with configure-parameter --with-tlslib=OpenSSL/GnuTLS);
  • windows version is now configured to use OpenSSL instead of GnuTLS; windows binaries provided on download page now use OpenSSL;
  • column "age" in web-interface now shows minutes for recent posts (instead of "0 h");
  • remote command "-B dump" now can be used also in release (non-debug) versions and prints useful debug data as "INFO" instead of "DEBUG";
  • to detect daylight saving activation/deactivation the time zone information is now checked every minute if a download is active or once in 3 hours if the program is in stand-by; these delays should work well with hibernation mode on synology);
  • pp-script "EMail.py" now takes the status of previous pp-scripts into account and report a failure if any of the scripts has failed;
  • updated all links to go to new domain (nzbget.net);
  • impoved error reporting if unpacker or par-renamer fail to move files;
  • removed libpar2-patches from NZBGet source tree; the documentation now suggests to use the libpar2 version maintained by Debian/Ubuntu team, which already includes all necessary patches;
  • removed patches to create libpar2 and libsigc++ project files for Visual Studio on Windows, no one needed them anyway;
  • fixed: the program could crash during cleanup if files with invalid timestamps were found in the directory (windows only);
  • fixed: RSS feed preview dialog displayed slightly incorrect post ages because of the wrong time zone conversion;
  • fixed: sometimes URLs were removed too early from the feed history causing them to be detected as "new" and fetched again; if duplicate check was not active the same nzb-files could be downloaded again;
  • fixed: strange (damaged?) par2-files could cause a crash during par-renaming;
  • fixed: damaged nzb-files containing multiple par-sets and not having enough par-blocks could cause a crash during par-check;
  • fixed: if during par-repair the downloaded extra par-files were damaged and the repair was terminated with failure status the post-processing scripts were executed twice sometimes;
  • fixed: post-processing scripts were not executed in standalone mode ("nzbget /path/to/file.nzb");
  • fixed: renaming or deleting of temporary files could fail, especially when options "UnpackPauseQueue" and "ScriptPauseQueue" were not active (windows only);
  • fixed: per-server/per-nzb article completion statistics could be inaccurate for nzb-files whose download were interrupted by reload/restart;
  • fixed: after deleting servers from config file the program could crash on start when loading server volume statistics data from disk;
  • fixed: download speeds above approx. 70 MB/s were not indicated correctly in web-interface and by RPC-method "status";
  • fixed: cancelling of active par-job sometimes didn't work;
  • fixed: par-check could hang on renamed and splitted files;
  • fixed: the program could crash during parsing of malformed nzb-files;
  • fixed: errors during loading of queue from disk state may render the already loaded parts useless too; now at least these parts of queue are used;
  • fixed: queue was not locked during loading on program start and that could cause problems;
  • fixed: data sizes exactly equal to 10, 100, 1000 MB or GB were formatted using 4 digits instead of 3 (one digit after decimal point too much);
  • fixed: if post-processing step "move" failed, the command "post-process again" did not try to move again;
  • fixed: nzb-files were sometimes not deleted from NzbDir (option "NzbCleanupDisk");
  • fixed: scheduler command "FetchFeed" did not work properly with parameter "0" (fetch all feeds).
  • fixed: port number was not sent in headers when downloading from URLs which could cause issues with RSS for web-sites using non-standard http ports;
  • fixed: queued nzb-files was not deleted from disk when deleting download without history tracking.

nzbget-12.0 - 2 Jan. 2014

  • added RSS feeds support:
    • new options "FeedX.Name", "FeedX.URL", "FeedX.Filter", "FeedX.Interval", "FeedX.PauseNzb", "FeedX.Category", "FeedX.Priority" (section "Rss Feeds");
    • new option "FeedHistory" (section "Download Queue");
    • button "Preview Feed" on settings tab near each feed definition;
    • new toolbar button "Feeds" on downloads tab with menu to view feeds or fetch new nzbs from all feeds (the button is visible only if there are feeds defined in settings);
    • new dialog to see feed content showing status of each item (new, fetched, backlog) with ability to manually fetch selected items;
    • powerful filters for RSS feeds;
    • new dialog to build filters in web-interface with instant preview;
  • added download health monitoring:
    • health indicates download status, whether the file is damaged and how much;
    • 100% health means no download errors occurred; 0% means all articles failed;
    • there is also a critical health which is calculated for each nzb-file based on number and size of par-files;
    • if during download the health goes down below 100% a health badge appears near download name indicating the necessity of par-repair; the indicator can be orange (repair may be possible) or red (unrepairable) if the health goes down below critical health;
    • new option "HealthCheck" to define what to do with unhealthy (unrepairable) downloads (pause, delete, none);
    • health and critical health are displayed in download-edit dialog; health is displayed in history dialog; if download was aborted (HealthCheck=delete) this is indicated in history dialog;
    • health allows to determine download status for downloads which have unpack and/or par-check disabled; for such downloads the status in history is shown based on health: success (health=100%), damaged (health " critical) or failure (health " critical);
    • par-check is now automatically started for downloads having health below 100%; this works independently of unpack (even if unpack is disabled);
    • for downloads having health less than critical health no par-check is performed (it would fail); Instead the par-check status is set to "failure" automatically saving time of actual par-check;
    • new fields "Health" and "CriticalHealth" are returned by RPC-Method "listgroups";
    • new fields "Health", "CriticalHealth", "Deleted" and "HealthDeleted" are returned by RPC-Method "history";
    • new parameters "NZBPP_HEALTH" and "NZBPP_CRITICALHEALTH" are passed to pp-scripts;
  • added collecting of server usage statistical data for each download:
    • number of successful and failed article downloads per news server;
    • new page in history dialog shows collected statistics;
    • new fields in RPC-method "history": ServerStats (array), TotalArticles, SuccessArticles, FailedArticles;
    • new env. vars passed to pp-scripts: NZBPP_TOTALARTICLES, NZBPP_SUCCESSARTICLES, NZBPP_FAILEDARTICLES and per used news server: NZBPP_SERVERX_SUCCESSARTICLES, NZBPP_SERVERX_FAILEDARTICLES;
    • also new env.var HEALTHDELETED;
  • added smart duplicates feature:
    • mostly for use with RSS feeds;
    • automatic detection of duplicate nzb-files to avoid download of duplicates;
    • nzb-files can be also manually marked as duplicates;
    • if download fails - automatically choose another release (duplicate);
    • if download succeeds all remaining duplicates are skipped (not downloaded);
    • download items have new properties to tune duplicate handling behavior: duplicate key, duplicate score and duplicate mode;
    • if download was deleted by duplicate check its status in the history is shown as "DUPE";
    • new actions "GroupSetDupeKey", "GroupSetDupeScore", "GroupSetDupeMode", "HistorySetDupeKey", "HistorySetDupeScore", "HistorySetDupeMode", "HistoryMarkBad" and "HistoryMarkGood" of RPC-command "editqueue"; new actions "B" and "G" of command "--edit/-E" for history items (subcommand "H");
    • when deleting downloads from queue there are three options now: "move to history", "move to history as duplicate" and "delete without history tracking";
    • new actions "GroupDupeDelete", "GroupFinalDelete" and "HistorySetDupeBackup" in RPC-method "editqueue";
    • RPC-commands "listgroups", "postqueue" and "history" now return more info about nzb-item (many new fields);
    • removed option "MergeNzb" because it conflicts with duplicate handling, items can be merged manually if necessary;
    • automatic detection of exactly same nzb-files (same content) coming from different sources (different RSS feeds etc.); individual files (inside nzb-file) having extensions listed in option "ExtCleanupDisk" are excluded from content comparison (unless these are par2-files, which are never excluded);
    • when history item expires (as defined by option "KeepHistory") and the duplicate check is active (option "DupeCheck") the item is not completely deleted from history; instead the amount of stored data reduces to minimum required for duplicate check (about 200 bytes vs 2000 bytes for full history item);
    • such old history items are not shown in web-interface by default (to avoid transferring of large amount of history items);
    • new button "Hidden" in web-interface to show hidden history items; the items are marked with badge "hidden";
    • RPC-method "editqueue" has now two actions to delete history records: "HistoryDelete", "HistoryFinal"; action "HistoryDelete" which has existed before now hides records, already hidden records are ignored;
    • added functions "Mark as Bad" and "Mark as Good" for history items;
    • duplicate properties (dupekey, dupescore and dupemode) can now be viewed and changed in download-edit-dialog and history-edit-dialog via new button "Dupe";
    • for full documentation see RSS#Duplicates;
  • created NZBGet.app - NZBGet is now a user friendly Mac OSX application with easy installation and seamless integration into OS UI: works in background, is controlled from a web-browser, few important functions are accessible via menubar icon;
  • better Windows package:
    • unrar is included;
    • several options are set to better defaults;
    • all paths are set as relative paths to program directory; the program can be started after installation without editing anything in config;
    • included two new batch-files:
      • nzbget-start.bat - starts program in normal mode (dos box);
      • nzbget-recovery-mode.bat - starts with empty password (dos box);
      • both batch files open browser window with correct address;
    • config-file template is stored in nzbget.conf.template;
    • nzbget.conf is not included in the package. When the program is started for the first time (using one of batch files) the template config file is copied into nzbget.conf;
    • updates will be easy in the future: to update the program all files from newer archive must be extracted over old files. Since the archive doesn't have nzbget.conf, the existing config is kept unmodified. The template config file will be updated;
    • added file README-WINDOWS.txt with small instructions;
    • version string now includes revision number (like "r789");
  • added automatic updates:
    • new button "Check for updates" on settings tab of web-interface, in section "SYSTEM", initiates check and shows dialog allowing to install new version;
    • it is possible to choose between stable, testing and development branches;
    • this feature is for end-users using binary packages created and updated by maintainers, who need to write an update script specific for platform;
    • the script is then called by NZBGet when user clicks on install-button;
    • the script must download and install new version;
    • for more info visit Packaging;
  • news servers can now be temporarily disabled via speed limit dialog without reloading of the program:
    • new option "ServerX.Active" to disable servers via settings;
    • new option "ServerX.Name" to use for logging and in UI;
  • changed the way how option "Unpack" works:
    • instead of enabling/disabling the unpacker as a whole, it now defines the initial value of post-processing parameter "Unpack" for nzb-file when it is added to queue;
    • this makes it now possible to disable Unpack globally but still enable it for selected nzb-files;
    • new option "CategoryX.Unpack" to set unpack on a per category basis;
  • combined all footer buttons into one button "Actions" with menu:
    • in download-edit-dialog: "Pause/Resume", "Delete" and "Cancel Post-Processing";
    • in history-dialog: "Delete", "Post-Process Again" and "Download Remaining Files (Return to Queue)";
  • DirectNZB headers X-DNZB-MoreInfo and X-DNZB-Details are now processed when downloading URLs and the links "More Info" and "Details" are shown in download-edit-dialog and in history-dialog in Actions menu;
  • program can now be stopped via web-interface: new button "shutdown" in section "SYSTEM";
  • added menu "View" to settings page which allows to switch to "Compact Mode" when option descriptions are hidden;
  • added confirmation dialog by leaving settings page if there are unsaved changes;
  • downloads manually deleted from queue are shown with status "deleted" in the history (instead of "unknown");
  • all table columns except "Name" now have fixed widths to avoid annoying layout changes especially during post-processing when long status messages are displayed in the name-column;
  • added filter buttons to messages tab (info, warning, etc.);
  • added automatic par-renaming of extracted files if archive includes par-files;
  • added support for http redirects when fetching URLs;
  • added new command "Download again" for history items; new action "HistoryRedownload" of RPC-method "editqueue"; for controlling via command line: new action "A" of subcommand "H" of command "--edit/-E";
  • download queue is now saved in a more safe way to avoid potential loss of queue if the program crashes during saving of queue;
  • destination directory for option "CategoryX.DestDir" is not checked/created on program start anymore (only when a download starts for that category); this helps when certain categories are configured for external disks, which are not always connected;
  • added new option "CategoryX.Aliases" to configure category name matching with nzb-sites; especially useful with rss feeds;
  • in RPC-Method "appendurl" parameter "addtop" adds nzb to the top of the main download queue (not only to the top of the URL queue);
  • new logo (thanks to dogzipp for the logo);
  • added support for metatag "password" in nzb-files;
  • pp-scripts which move files can now inform the program about new location by printing text "[NZB] FINALDIR=/path/to/files"; the final path is then shown in history dialog instead of download path;
  • new env-var "NZBPP_FINALDIR" passed to pp-scripts;
  • pp-scripts can now set post-processing parameters by printing command "[NZB] NZBPR_varname=value"; this allows scripts which are executed sooner to pass data for scripts executed later;
  • added new option "AuthorizedIP" to set the list of IP-addresses which may connect without authorization;
  • new option "ParRename" to force par-renaming as a first post-processing step (active by default); this saves an unpack attempt and is even more useful if unpack is disabled;
  • post-processing progress label is now automatically trimmed if it doesn't fill into one line; this avoids layout breaking if the text is too long;
  • reversed the order of priorities in comboboxes in dialogs: the highest priority - at the top, the lowest - at the bottom;
  • small changes in button captions: edit dialogs called from settings page (choose script, choose order, build rss filter) now have buttons "Discard/Apply" instead of "Close/Save"; in all other dialogs button "Close" renamed to "Cancel" unless it was the only button in dialog;
  • small change in css: slightly reduced the max height of modal dialogs to better work on notebooks;
  • options "DeleteCleanupDisk" and "NzbCleanupDisk" are now active by default (in the example config file);
  • extended add-dialog with options "Add paused" and "Disable duplicate check";
  • source nzb-files are now deleted when download-item leaves queue and history (option "NzbCleanupDisk");
  • when deleting downloads from queue the messages about deleted individual files are now printed as "detail" instead of "info";
  • failed article downloads are now logged as "detail" instead of "warning" to reduce number of warnings for downloads removed from server (DMCA); one warning is printed for a file with a summary of number of failed downloads for the file;
  • tuned algorithm calculating maximum threads limit to allow more threads for backup server connections (related to option "TreadLimit" removed in v11); this may sometimes increase speed when backup servers were used;
  • by adding nzb-file to queue via RPC-methods "append" and "appendurl" the actual format of the file is checked and if nzb-format is detected the file is added even if it does not have .nzb extension;
  • added new option "UrlForce" to allow URL-downloads (including fetching of RSS feeds and nzb-files from feeds) even if download is paused; the option is active by default;
  • destination directory for option "DestDir" is not checked/created on program start anymore (only when a download starts); this helps when DestDir is mounted to a network drive which is not available on program start;
  • added special handling for files ".AppleDouble" and ".DS_Store" during unpack to avoid problems on NAS having support for AFP protocol (used on Mac OSX);
  • history records with failed script status are now shown as "PP-FAILURE" in history list (instead of just "FAILURE");
  • option "DiskSpace" now checks space on "InterDir" in addition to "DestDir";
  • support for rar-archives with non-standard extensions is now limited to file extensions consisting of digits; this is to avoid extracting of rar-archives having non-rar extensions on purpose (example: .cbr);
  • if option "ParRename" is disabled (not recommended) unpacker does not initiate par-rename anymore, instead the full par-verify is performed then;
  • for external script the exec-permissions are now added automatically; this makes the installation of pp-scripts and other scripts easier;
  • option "InterDir" is now active by default;
  • when option "InterDir" is used the intermediate destination directory names now include unique numbers to avoid several downloads with same name to use the same directory and interfere with each other;
  • when option "UnpackCleanupDisk" is active all archive files are now deleted from download directory without relying on output printed by unrar; this solves issues with non-ascii-characters in archive file names on some platforms and especially in combination with rar5;
  • improved handling of non-ascii characters in file names on windows;
  • added support for rar5-format when checking signatures of archives with non-standard file extensions;
  • small restructure in settings order:
    • combined sections "REMOTE CONTROL" and "PERMISSIONS" into one section with name "SECURITY";
    • moved sections "CATEGORIES" and "RSS FEEDS" higher in the section list;
  • improved par-check: if main par2-file is corrupted and can not be loaded other par2-files are downloaded and then used as replacement for main par2-file;
  • if unpack did not find archive files the par-check is not requested anymore if par-rename was already done;
  • better handling of obfuscated nzb-files containing multiple files with same names; removed option "StrictParName" which was not working good with obfuscated files; if more par-files are required for repair the files with strict names are tried first and then other par-files;
  • added new scheduler commands "ActivateServer", "DeactivateServer" and "FetchFeed"; combined options "TaskX.DownloadRate" and "TaskX.Process" into one option "TaskX.Param", also used by new commands;
  • added status filter buttons to history page;
  • if unpack fails with write error (usually because of not enough space on disk) this is shown as status "Unpack: space" in web-interface; this unpack-status is handled as "success" by duplicate handling (no download of other duplicate); also added new unpack-status "wrong password" (only for rar5-archives); env.var. NZBPP_UNPACKSTATUS has two new possible values: 3 (write error) and 4 (wrong password); updated pp-script "EMail.py" to support new unpack-statuses;
  • fixed a potential seg. fault in a commonly used function;
  • added new option "TimeCorrection" to adjust conversion from system time to local time (solves issues with scheduler when using a binary compiled for other platform);
  • NZBIDs are now generated with more care avoiding numbering holes possible in previous versions;
  • fixed: invalid "Offset" passed to RPC-method "editqueue" or command line action "-E/--edit" could crash the program;
  • fixed: crash after downloading of an URL (happen only on certain systems);
  • fixed: restoring of settings didn't work for multi-sections (servers, categories, etc.) if they were empty;
  • fixed: choosing local files didn't work in Opera;
  • fixed: certain characters printed by pp-scripts could crash the program;
  • fixed: malformed nzb-file could cause a memory leak;
  • fixed: when a duplicate file was detected in collection it was automatically deleted (if option DupeCheck is active) but the total size of collection was not updated;
  • when deleting individual files the total count of files in collection was not updated;
  • fixed: when multiple nzb-files were added via URL (rss including) at the same time the info about category and priority could get lost for some of files;
  • fixed: if unpack fails the created destination directory was not automatically removed (only if option "InterDir" was active);
  • fixed scrolling to the top of page happening by clicking on items in downloads/history lists and on action-buttons in edit-download and history dialogs;
  • fixed potential buffer overflow in remote client;
  • improved error reporting when creation of temporary output file fails;
  • fixed: when deleting download, if all remaining queued files are par2-files the disk cleanup should not be performed, but it was sometimes;
  • fixed a potential problem in incorrect using of one library function.

nzbget-11.0 - 1 Jul. 2013

  • reworked concept of post-processing scripts:
    • multiple scripts can be assigned to each nzb-file;
    • all assigned scripts are executed after the nzb-file is downloaded and internally processed (unpack, repair);
    • option "PostProcess" is obsolete;
    • new option "ScriptDir" sets directory where all pp-scripts must be stored;
    • new option "DefScript" sets the default list of pp-scripts to be assigned to nzb-file when it's added to queue;
    • new option "CategoryX.DefScript" to set the default list of pp-scripts on a category basis;
    • the execution order of pp-scripts can be set using new option "ScriptOrder";
    • there are no separate configuration files for pp-scripts;
    • configuration options and pp-parameters are defined in the pp-scripts;
    • script configuration options are saved in nzbget configuration file (nzbget.conf);
    • changed parameters list of RPC-methods "loadconfig" and "saveconfig";
    • new RPC-method "configtemplates" returns configuration descriptions for the program and for all pp-scripts;
    • configuration of all scripts can be done in web-interface;
    • the pp-scripts assigned to a particular nzb-file can be viewed and changed in web-interface on page "pp-parameters" in the edit download dialog;
    • option "PostPauseQueue" renamed to "ScriptPauseQueue" (the old name is still recognized);
    • new option "ConfigTemplate" to define the location of template configuration file (in previous versions it must be always stored in "WebDir");
    • history dialog shows status of every script;
    • for details see topic Introducing new post-processing scripts concept;
  • the old example post-processing script replaced with two new scripts:
    • EMail.py - sends E-Mail notification;
    • Logger.py - saves the full post-processing log of the job into file _postprocesslog.txt;
    • both pp-scripts are written in python and work on Windows too (in addition to Linux, Mac, etc.);
  • added possibility to set post-processing parameters for history items:
    • pp-parameters can now be viewed and changed in history dialog in web-interface;
    • useful before post-processing again;
    • new action "HistorySetParameter" in RPC-method "editqueue";
    • new action "O" in remote command "--edit/-E" for history items (subcommand "H");
  • added new feature "split download" which creates new download from selected files of source download;
    • new command "Split" in web-interface in edit download dialog on page "Files";
    • new action "S" in remote command "--edit/-E";
    • new action "FileSplit" in JSON-/XML-RPC method "editqueue";
  • added support for manual par-check:
    • if option "ParCheck" is set to "Manual" and a damaged download is detected the program downloads all par2-files but doesn't perform par-check; the user must perform par-check/repair manually then (possibly on another, faster computer);
    • old values "yes/no" of option "ParCheck" renamed to "Force" and "Auto" respectively;
    • when set to "Force" all par2-files are always downloaded;
    • removed option "LoadPars" since its functionality is now covered by option "ParCheck";
    • result of par-check can now have new value "Manual repair necessary";
    • field "ParStatus" in RPC-method "history" can have new value "MANUAL";
    • parameter "NZBPP_PARSTATUS" for pp-script can have new value "4 = manual repair necessary";
  • when download is resumed in web-interface the option "ParCheck=Force" is respected and all par2-files are resumed (not only main par2-file);
  • automatic deletion of backup-source files after successful par-repair; important when repairing renamed rar-files since this could cause failure during unpack;
  • par-checker and renamer now add messages into the log of pp-item (like unpack- and pp-scripts-messages); these message now appear in the log created by scripts Logger.py and EMail.py;
  • when a nzb-file is added via web-interface or via remote call the file is now put into incoming nzb-directory (option "NzbDir") and then scanned; this has two advantages over the old behavior when the file was parsed directly in memory:
    • the file serves as a backup for troubleshootings;
    • the file is processed by nzbprocess-script (if defined in option "NzbProcess") making the pre-processing much easier;
  • new env-var parameters are passed to NzbProcess-script: NZBNP_NZBNAME, NZBNP_CATEGORY, NZBNP_PRIORITY, NZBNP_TOP, NZBNP_PAUSED;
  • new commands for use in NzbProcess-scripts: "[NZB] TOP=1" to add nzb to the top of queue and "[NZB] PAUSED=1" to add nzb-file in paused state;
  • reworked post-processor queue:
    • only one job is created for each nzb-file; no more separate jobs are created for par-collections within one nzb-file;
    • option "AllowReProcess" removed; a post-processing script is called only once per nzb-file, this behavior cannot be altered anymore;
    • with a new feature "Split" individual par-collections can be processed separately in a more effective way than before;
  • improved unicode (utf8) support:
    • non-ascii characters are now correctly transferred via JSON-RPC;
    • correct displaying of nzb-names and paths in web-interface;
    • it is now possible to use non-ascii characters on settings page for option values (such as paths or category names);
    • improved unicode support in XML-RPC and JSON-RPC;
  • if username and password are defined for a news-server the authentication is now forced (in previous versions the authentication was performed only if requested by server); needed for servers supporting both anonymous (restricted) and authorized (full access) accounts;
  • added option "ExtCleanupDisk" to automatically delete unwanted files (with specified extensions or names) after successful par-check or unpack;
  • improvement in JSON-/XML-RPC:
    • all ID fields including NZBID are now persistent and remain their values after restart;
    • this allows for third-party software to identify nzb-files by ID;
    • method "history" now returns ID of NZB-file in the field "NZBID";
    • in versions up to 0.8.0 the field "NZBID" was used to identify history items in the edit-commands "HistoryDelete", "HistoryReturn", "HistoryProcess"; since version 9 field "ID" is used for this purpose; in versions 9-10 field "NZBID" still existed and had the same value as field "ID" for compatibility with version 0.8.0; the compatibility is not provided anymore; this change was needed to provide a consistent using of field "NZBID" across all RPC-methods;
  • added support for rar-files with non-standard extensions (such as .001, etc.);
  • added functions to backup and restore settings from web-interface; when restoring it's possible to choose what sections to restore (for example only news servers settings or only settings of a certain pp-script) or restore the whole configuration;
  • new option "ControlUsername" to define login user name (if you don't like default username "nzbget");
  • if a communication error occurs in web-interface, it retries multiple times before giving up with an error message;
  • the maximum number of download threads are now managed automatically taking into account the number of allowed connections to news servers; removed option "ThreadLimit";
  • pp-scripts terminated with unknown status are now considered failed (status=FAILURE instead of status=UNKNOWN);
  • new parameter (env. var) "NZBPP_NZBID" is passed to pp_scripts and contains an internal ID of NZB-file;
  • improved thread synchronisation to avoid (short-time) lockings of the program during creation of destination files;
  • more detailed error message if a directory could not be created ("DstDir", "NzbDir", etc.); the message includes error text reported by OS such as "permission denied" or similar;
  • when unpacking the unpack start time is now measured after receiving of unrar copyright message; this provides better unpack time estimation in a case when user uses unpack-script to do some things before executing unrar (for example sending Wake-On-Lan message to the destination NAS); it works with unrar only, it's not possible with 7-Zip because it buffers printed messages;
  • when the program is reloaded, a message with version number is printed like on start;
  • configuration can now be saved in web-interface even if there were no changes made but if obsolete or invalid options were detected in the config file; the saving removes invalid entries from config file;
  • option "ControlPassword" can now be set to en empty value to disable authentication; useful if nzbget works behind other web-server with its own authentication;
  • when deleting downloads via web-interface a proper hint regarding deleting of already downloaded files from disk depending on option "DeleteCleanupDisk" is displayed;
  • if a news-server returns empty or bad article (this may be caused by errors on the news server), the program tries again from the same or other servers (in previous versions the article was marked as failed without other download attempts);
  • when a nzb-file whose name ends with ".queued" is added via web-interface the ".queued"-part is automatically removed;
  • small improvement in multithread synchronization of download queue;
  • added link to catalog of pp-scripts to web-interface;
  • updated forum URL in about dialog in web-interface;
  • small correction in a log-message: removed "Request:" from message "Request: Queue collection...";
  • removed option "ProcessLogKind"; scripts should use prefixes ([INFO], [DETAIL], etc); messages printed without prefixes are added as [INFO];
  • removed option "AppendNzbDir"; if it was disabled that caused problems in par-checker and unpacker; the option is now assumed always active;
  • removed option "RenameBroken"; it caused problems in par-checker (the option existed since early program versions before the par-check was added);
  • configure-script now defines "SIGCHLD_HANDLER" by default on all systems including BSD; this eliminates the need of configure-parameter "--enable-sigchld-handler" on 64-Bit BSD; the trade-off: 32-Bit BSD now requires "--disable-sigchld-handler";
  • improved configure-script: defining of symbol "FILE_OFFSET_BITS=64", required on some systems, is not necessary anymore;
  • fixed: in the option "NzbAddedProcess" the env-var parameter with nzb-name was passed in "NZBNA_NAME", should be "NZBNA_NZBNAME"; the old parameter name "NZBNA_NAME" is still supported for compatibility;
  • fixed: download time in statistics were incorrect if the computer was put into standby (thanks Frank Kuypers for the patch);
  • fixed: when option "InterDir" was active and the download after unpack contained rar-file with the same name as one of original files (sometimes happen with included subtitles) the original rar-file was kept with name ".rar_duplicate1" even if the option "UnpackCleanupDisk" was active;
  • fixed: failed to read download queue from disk if post-processing queue was not empty;
  • fixed: when a duplicate file was detected during download the program could hang;
  • fixed: symbol "DISABLE_TLS" must be defined in project settings; defining it in "win32.h" didn't work properly (Windows only);
  • fixed: crash when adding malformed nzb-files with certain structure (Windows only);
  • fixed: by deleting of a partially downloaded nzb-file from queue, when the option "DeleteCleanupDisk" was active, the file "_brokenlog.txt" was not deleted preventing the directory from automatic deletion;
  • fixed: if an error occurs when a RPC-client or web-browser communicates with nzbget the program could crash;
  • fixed: if the last file of collection was detected as duplicate after the download of the first article the file was deleted from queue (that's OK) but the post-processing was not triggered (that's a bug);
  • fixed: support for splitted files (.001, .002, etc.) were broken.

nzbget-10.2 - 14 Apr. 2013

  • fixed potential segfault which could happen with file paths longer than 1024 characters;
  • fixed: when options "DirectWrite" and "ContinuePartial" were both active, a restart or reload of the program during download may cause damaged files in the active download;
  • increased width of speed indication ui-element to avoid layout breaking on some linux-browsers;
  • fixed a race condition in unpacker which could lead to a segfault (although the chances were low because the code wasn't executed often).

nzbget-10.1 - 31 Mar. 2013

  • fixed: articles with decoding errors (incomplete or damaged posts) caused infinite retry-loop in downloader.

nzbget-10.0 - 29 Mar. 2013

  • added built-in unpack:
    • rar and 7-zip formats are supported (via external Unrar and 7-Zip executables);
    • new options "Unpack", "UnpackPauseQueue", "UnpackCleanupDisk", "UnrarCmd", "SevenZipCmd";
    • web-interface now shows progress and estimated time during unpack (rar only; for 7-Zip progress is not available due to limitations of 7-Zip);
    • when built-in unpack is enabled, the post-processing script is called after unpack and possibly par-check/repair (if needed);
    • for nzb-files containing multiple collections (par-sets) the post-processing script is called only once, after the last par-set;
    • new parameter "NZBPP_UNPACKSTATUS" passed to post-processing script;
    • if the option "AllowReProcess" is enabled the post-processing-script is called after each par-set (as in previous versions);
    • example post-processing script updated: removed unrar-code, added check for unpack status;
    • new field "UnpackStatus" in result of RPC-method "history";
    • history-dialog in web-interface shows three status: par-status, unpack-status, script-status;
    • with two built-in special post-processing parameters "*Unpack:" and "*Unpack:Password" the unpack can be disabled for individual nzb-file or the password can be set;
    • built-in special post-processing parameters can be set via web-interface on page "PP-Parameters" (when built-in unpack is enabled);
  • added support for HTTPS to the built-in web-server (web-interface and XML/JSON-RPC):
    • new options "SecureControl", "SecurePort", "SecureCert" and "SecureKey";
    • module "TLS.c/h" completely rewritten with support for servers-side sockets, newer versions of GnuTLS, proper thread lockings in OpenSSL;
  • improved the automatic par-scan (option "ParScan=auto") to significantly reduce the verify-time in some common cases with renamed rar-files:
    • the extra files are scanned in an optimized order;
    • the scan stops when all missings files are found;
  • added fast renaming of intentionally misnamed (rar-) files;
    • the new renaming algorithm doesn't require full par-scan and restores original filenames in just a few seconds, even on very slow computers (NAS, media players, etc.);
    • the fast renaming is performed automatically when requested by the built-in unpacker (option "Unpack" must be active);
  • added new option "InterDir" to put intermediate files during download into a separate directory (instead of storing them directly in destination directory (option "DestDir");
    • when nzb-file is completely (successfully) downloaded, repaired (if neccessary) and unpacked the files are moved to destination directory (option "DestDir" or "CategoryX.DestDir");
    • intermediate directory can significantly improve unpack performance if it is located on a separate physical hard drive;
  • added new option "ServerX.Cipher" to manually select cipher for encrypted communication with news server;
    • manually choosing a faster cipher (such as "RC4") can significantly improve performance (if CPU is a limiting factor);
  • major improvements in news-server/connection management (main and fill servers):
    • if download of article fails, the program tries all servers of the same level before trying higher level servers;
    • this ensures that fill servers are used only if all main servers fail;
    • this makes the configuring of multiple servers much easier than before: in most cases the simple configuration of level 0 for all main servers and level 1 for all fill servers suffices;
    • in previous versions the level was increased immediately after the first tried server of the level failed; to make sure all main servers were tried before downloading from fill servers it was required to create complex server configurations with duplicates; these configurations were still not as effective as now;
    • do not reconnect on "article/group not found" errors since this doesn't help but unnecessary increases CPU load and network traffic;
    • removed option "RetryOnCrcError"; it's not required anymore; TIP: to remove warning about obsolete option, save config from web-interface once; this automatically removes the option from the config file;
    • new option "ServerX.Group" allows more flexible configuration of news servers when using multiple accounts on the same server; with this option it's also possible to imitate the old server management behavior regarding levels;
  • news servers configuration is now less error-prone:
    • the option "ServerX.Level" is not required to start from "0" and when several news servers are configured the Levels can be any integers - the program sorts the servers and corrects the Levels to 0,1,2,etc. automatically if needed;
    • when option "ServerX.Connections" is set to "0" the server is ignored (in previous version such a server could cause hanging when the program was trying to go to the next level);
    • if no news servers are defined (or all definitions are invalid) a warning is printed to inform that the download is not possible;
  • categories can now have their own destination directories; new option "CategoryX.DestDir";
  • new feature "Pause for X Minutes" in web-interface; new XML-/JSON-RPC method "scheduleresume";
  • improved the handling of hanging connections: if a connection hangs longer than defined by option "ConnectionTimeout" the program tries to gracefully close connection first (this is new); if it still hangs after "TerminateTimeout" the download thread is terminated as a last resort (as in previous versions);
  • added automatic speed meter recalibration to recover after possible synchronization errors which can occur when the option "AccurateRate" is not active; this makes the default (less accurate but fast) speed meter almost as good as the accurate one; important when speed throttling is active;
  • when the par-checked requests more par-files, they get an extra priority and are downloaded before other files regardless of their priorities; this is needed to avoid hanging of par-checker-job if a file with a higher priority gets added to queue during par-check;
  • when post-processing-parameters are passed to the post-processing script a second version of each parameter with a normalized parameter-name is passed in addition to the original parameter name; in the normalized name the special characters "*" and ":" are replaced with "_" and all characters are passed in upper case; this is important for internal post-processing-parameters (*Unpack:=yes/no) which include special characters;
  • warning "Non-nzbget request received" now is not printed when the connection was aborted before the request signature was read;
  • changed formatting of remaining time for post-processing to short format (as used for remaining download time);
  • added link to article "Performance tips" to settings tab on web-interface;
  • removed hint "Post-processing script may have moved files elsewhere" from history dialog since it caused more questions than helped;
  • changed default value for option "ServerX.JoinGroup" to "no"; most news servers nowadays do not require joining the group and many servers do not keep headers for many groups making the join-command fail even if the articles still can be successfully downloaded;
  • small change in example post-processing script: message "Deleting source ts-files" are now printed only if ts-files really existed;
  • improved configure-script:
    • libs which are added via pkgconfig are now put into LIBS instead of LDFLAGS - improves compatibility with newer Linux linkers;
    • OpenSSL libs/includes are now added using pkgconfig to better handle dependencies;
    • additional check for libcrypto (part of OpenSSL) ensures the library is added to linker command even if pkgconfig is not used;
  • adding of local files via web-interface now works in IE10;
  • if an obsolete option is found in the config file a warning is printed instead of an error and the program is not paused anymore;
  • fixed: the reported line numbers for configuration errors were sometimes inaccurate;
  • fixed warning "file glyphicons-halflings.png not found";
  • fixed: some XML-/JSON-RPC methods may return negative values for file sizes between 2-4GB; this had also influence on web-interface.
  • fixed: if an external program (unrar, pp-script, etc.) could not be started, the execute-function has returned code 255 although the code -1 were expected in this case; this could break designed post-processing flow;
  • fixed: some characters with codes below 32 were not properly encoded in JSON-RPC; sometimes output from unrar contained such characters and could break web-interface;
  • fixed: special characters (quotation marks, etc.) in unpack password and in configuration options were not displayed properly and could be discarded on saving.

nzbget-9.1 - 19 Jan. 2013

  • added full par-scan feature needed to par-check/repair files which were renamed after creation of par-files:
    • new option "ParScan" to activate full par-scan (always or automatic);
    • the automatic full par-scan activates if missing files are detected during par-check, this avoids unnecessary full scan for normal (not renamed) par sets;
  • improved the post-processing script to better handle renamed rar-files;
  • replaced a browser error message when trying to add local files in IE9 with a better message dialog;

nzbget-9.0 - 9 Dec. 2012

  • changed version naming scheme by removing the leading zero: current version is now called 9.0 instead of 0.9.0 (it's really the 9th major version of the program);
  • added built-in web-interface:
    • completely new designed and written from scratch;
    • doesn't require a separate web-server;
    • doesn't require PHP;
    • 100% Javascript application; the built-in web-server hosts only static files; the javascript app communicates with NZBGet via JSON-RPC;
    • very efficient usage of server resources (CPU and memory);
    • easy installation. Since neither a separate web-server nor PHP are needed the installation of new web-interface is very easy. Actually it is performed automatically when you "make install" or "ipkg install nzbget";
    • modern look:
      • better layout;
      • popup dialogs;
      • nice animations;
      • hi-def icons;
    • built-in phone-theme (activates automatically);
    • combined view for "currently downloading", "queued", "currently processing" and "queued for processing";
    • rename nzb-files;
    • multiselect with multiedit or merge of downloads;
    • fast paging in the lists (downloads, history, messages);
    • searchbox for filtering in the lists (downloads, history, messages) and in settings;
    • adding nzb-files to download queue was improved in several ways:
      • add multiple files at once. The "select files dialog" allows to select multiple files;
      • add files using drag and drop. Just drop the files from your file manager directly into the web-browser;
      • add files via URLs. Put the URL and NZBGet downloads the nzb-file and adds it to download queue automatically;
      • the priority of nzb-file can now be set when adding local-files or URLs;
    • the history can be cleared completely or selected items can be removed;
    • file mode is now nzb-file related;
  • added the ability to queue URLs:
    • the program automatically downloads nzb-files from given URLs and put them to download queue.
    • when multiple URLs are added in a short time, they are put into a special URL-queue.
    • the number of simultaneous URL-downloads are controlled via new option UrlConnections.
    • with the new option ReloadUrlQueue can be controlled if the URL-queue should be reloaded after the program is restarted (if the URL-queue was not empty).
    • new switch "-U" for remote-command "--append/-A" to queue an URL.
    • new subcommand "-U" in the remote command "--list/-L" prints the current URL-queue.
    • of URL-download fails, the URL is moved into history. With subcommand "-R" of command "--edit" the failed URL can be returned to URL-queue for redownload.
    • the remote command "--list/-L" for history can now print the infos for URL history items.
    • new XML/JSON-RPC command "appendurl" to add an URL or multiple URLs for download.
    • new XML/JSON-RPC command "urlqueue" returns the items from the URL-queue.
    • the XML/JSON-RPC command "history" was exteneded to provide infos about URL history items.
    • the URL-queue obeys the pause-state of download queue.
    • the URL-downloads support HTTP and HTTPS protocols;
  • added new field "name" to nzb-info-object.
    • it is initially set to the cleaned up name of the nzb-file.
    • the renaming of the group changes this field.
    • all RPC-methods related to nzb-object return the new field, the old field "NZBNicename" is now deprecated.
    • the option "MergeNZB" now checks the "name"-field instead of "nzbfilename" (the latter is not changed when the nzb is renamed).
    • new env-var-parameter "NZBPP_NZBNAME" for post-processing script;
  • added options "GN" and "FN" for remote command "--edit/-E". With these options the name of group or file can be used in edit-command instead of file ID;
  • added support for regular expressions (POSIX ERE Syntax) in remote commands "--list/-L" and "--edit/-E" using new subcommands "GR" and "FR";
  • improved performance of RPC-command "listgroups";
  • added new command "FileReorder" to RPC-method "editqueue" to set the order of individual files in the group;
  • added gzip-support to built-in web-server (including RPC);
  • added processing of http-request "OPTIONS" in RPC-server for better support of cross domain requests;
  • renamed example configuration file and postprocessing script to make the installation easier;
  • improved the automatic installation ("make install") to install all necessary files (not only the binary as it was before);
  • improved handling of configuration errors: the program now does not terminate on errors but rather logs all of them and uses default option values;
  • added new XML/JSON-RPC methods "config", "loadconfig" and "saveconfig";
  • with active option "AllowReProcess" the NZB considered completed even if there are paused non-par-files (the paused non-par-files are treated the same way as paused par-files): as a result the reprocessable script is called;
  • added subcommand "W" to remote command "-S/--scan" to scan syncronously (wait until scan completed);
    • added parameter "SyncMode" to XML/JSON-RPC method "scan";
    • the command "Scan" in web-interface now waits for completing of scan before reporting the status;
  • added remote command "--reload/-O" and JSON/XML-RPC method "reload" to reload configuration from disk and reintialize the program; the reload can be performed from web-interface;
  • JSON/XML-RPC method "append" extended with parameter "priority";
  • categories available in web-interface are now configured in program configuration file (nzbget.conf) and can be managed via web-interface on settings page;
  • extended remote command "--append/-A" with optional parameters:
    • "T" - adds the file/URL to the top of queue;
    • "P" - pauses added files;
    • "C category-name" - sets category for added nzb-file/URL;
    • "N nzb-name" - sets nzb filename for added URL;
    • the old switches "--category/-K" and "--top/-T" are deprecated but still supported for compatibility
  • renamed subcommand "K" of command "--edit/-E" to "C" (the old subcommand is still supported for compatibility);
  • added new option "NzbAddedProcess" to setup a script called after a nzb-file is added to queue;
  • added debug messages for speed meter;
  • made all command-line subcommands case insensitive (like it already was in "--edit/-E"-command) (example: "nzbget -L g" and "nzbget -L G" is the same);
  • updated descriptions in example configuration file;
  • changes in configuration file:
    • renamed options "ServerIP", "ServerPort" and "ServerPassword" to "ControlIP", "ControlPort" and "ControlPassword" to avoid confusion with news-server options "ServerX.Host", "ServerX.Port" and "ServerX.Password";
    • the old option names are still recognized and are automatically renamed when the configuration is saved from web-interface;
    • also renamed option "$MAINDIR" to "MainDir";
  • added RPC-method "clearlog";
  • fixed: after renaming of a group, the new name was not displayed by remote commands "-L G" and "-C in curses mode";
  • fixed incompatibility with OpenSLL 1.0 (thanks to OpenWRT team for the patch);
  • fixed: RPC-method "log(0, IdFrom)" could return wrong results if the log was filtered with options "XXXTarget";
  • fixed: free disk space calculated incorrectly on some OSes;
  • fixed: unrar failure was not always properly detected causing the post-processing to delete not yet unpacked rar-files;
  • fixed compilation error on recent linux versions;
  • fixed compilation error on older systems (bug introduced in r411);

nzbget-0.8.0 - 29 Apr. 2012

  • added priorities;
    • new action "I" for remote command "--edit/-E" to set priorities for groups or individual files;
    • new actions "SetGroupPriority" and "SetFilePriority" of RPC-command "editqueue";
    • remote command "--list/-L" prints priorities and indicates files or groups being downloaded;
    • ncurses-frontend prints priorities and indicates files or groups being download;
    • new command "PRIORITY" to set priority of nzb-file from nzbprocess-script;
    • RPC-commands "listgroups" and "listfiles" return priorities and indicate files or groups being downloaded;
  • added renaming of groups;
    • new subcommand "N" for command "--edit/-E";
    • new action "SetName" for RPC-method "editqueue";
  • added new option "AccurateRate", which enables syncronisation in speed meter; that makes the indicated speed more accurate by eliminating measurement errors possible due thread conflicts; thanks to anonymous nzbget user for the patch;
  • improved the parsing of filename from article subject;
  • option "DirectWrite" now efficiently works on Windows with NTFS partitions;
  • added URL-based-authentication as alternative to HTTP-header authentication for XML- and JSON-RPC;
  • fixed: nzb-files containing umlauts and other special characters could not be parsed - replaced XML-Reader with SAX-Parser - only on POSIX (not on Windows);
  • fixed incorrect displaying of group sizes bigger than 4GB on many 64-bit OSes;
  • fixed a bug causing error on decoding of input data in JSON-RPC;
  • fixed a compilation error on some windows versions;
  • fixed: par-repair could fail when the filenames were not correctly parsed from article subjects;
  • fixed a compatibility issue with OpenBSD (and possibly other BSD based systems);
    • added the automatic configuring of required signal handling logic to better support BSD without breaking the compatibility with certain Linux systems;
  • corrected the address of Free Software Foundation in copyright notice.

nzbget-0.7.0 - 26 Apr. 2010

  • added history;
    • new option "KeepHistory";
    • new remote subcommand "H" for commands "L" (list history entries) and "E" (delete history entries, return history item, postprocess history item);
    • new RPC-command "History" and subcommands "HistoryDelete", "HistoryReturn", "HistoryProcess" for command "EditQueue";
  • added support for JSON-P (extension of JSON-RPC);
  • changed the result code returning status "ERROR" for postprocessing script from "1" to "94" (needed to show the proper script status in history);
  • improved the detection of new files in incoming nzb directory: now the scanner does not rely on system datum, but tracks the changing of file sizes during a last few ("NzbDirFileAge") seconds instead;
  • improvements in example postprocessing script:
    • if download contains only par2-files the script do not delete them during cleanup;
    • if download contains only nzb-files the script moves them to incoming nzb-directory for further download;
  • improved formatting of groups and added time info in curses output mode;
  • added second pause register, which is independent of main pause-state and therfore is intended for usage from external scripts;
    • that allows to pause download without interfering with options "ParPauseQueue" and "PostPauseQueue" and scheduler tasks "PauseDownload" and "UnpauseDownload" - they all work with first (default) pause register;
    • new subcommand "D2" for commands "--pause/-P" and "--unpause/-U";
    • new RPC-command "pausedownload2" and "resumedownload2";
    • existing RPC-commands "pause" und "resume" renamed to "pausedownload" and "resumedownload";
    • new field "Download2Paused" in result struct for RPC-command "status";
    • existing fields "ServerPaused" and "ParJobCount" renamed to "DownloadPaused" and "PostJobCount";
    • old RPC-commands and fields still exist for compatibility;
    • the status output of command "--list/-L" indicates the state of second pause register;
    • key "P" in curses-frontend can unpause second pause-register;
  • nzbprocess-script (option "NZBProcess") can now set category and post-processing parameters for nzb-file;
  • redesigned server pool and par-checker to avoid using of semaphores (which are very platform specific);
  • added subcommand "S" to remote commands "--pause/-P" and "--unpause/-U" to pause/unpause the scanning of incoming nzb-directory;
  • added commands "PauseScan" and "UnpauseScan" for scheduler option "TaskX.Command";
  • added remote commands "PauseScan" and "ResumeScan" for XML-/JSON-RPC;
  • command "pause post-processing" now not only pauses the post-processing queue but also pauses the current post-processing job (par-job or script-job);
    • however the script-job can be paused only after the next line printed to screen;
  • improved error reporting while parsing nzb-files;
  • added field "NZBID" to NZBInfo; the field is now returned by XML-/JSON-RPC methods "listfiles", "listgroups" and "postqueue";
  • improvements in configure script;
  • added support for platforms without IPv6 (they do not have "getaddrinfo");
  • debug-messages generated on early stages during initializing are now printed to screen/log-file;
  • messages about obsolete options are now printed to screen/log-file;
  • imporved example postprocessing script: added support for external configuration file, postprocessing parameters and configuration via web-interface;
  • option "TaskX.Process" now can contain parameters which must be passed to the script;
  • added pausing/resuming for post-processor queue;
    • added new modifier "O" to remote commands "--pause/-P" and "--unpause/-U";
    • added new commands "postpause" and "postresume" to XML-/JSON-RPC;
    • extended output of remote command "--list/-L" to indicate paused state of post-processor queue; extended command "status" of XML-/JSON-RPC with field "PostPause";
  • changed the command line syntax for requesting of post-processor queue from "-O" to "-L O" for consistency with other post-queue related commands ("-P O", "-U O" and "-E O");
  • improved example post-processing script: added support for delayed par-check (try unrar first, par-repair if unrar failed);
  • added modifier "O" to command "-E/--edit" for editing of post-processor-queue;
    • following subcommands are supported: "+/-offset", "T", "B", "D";
    • subcommand "D" supports deletion of queued post-jobs and active job as well;
    • deletion of active job means the cancelling of par-check/repair or terminating of post-processing-script (including child processes of the script);
    • updated remote-server to support new edit-subcommands in XML/JSON-RPC;
  • extended the syntax of option "TaskX.Time" in two ways:
    • it now accepts multiple comma-separated values;
    • an asterix as hours-part means "every hour";
  • added svn revision number to version string (commands "-v" and "-V", startup log entry);
    • svn revision is automatically read from svn-repository on each build;
  • added estimated remaining time and better distinguishing of server state in command "--list/-L";
  • added new return code (93) for post-processing script to indicate successful processing; that results in cleaning up of download queue if option "ParCleanupQueue" is active;
  • added readonly options "AppBin", "ConfigFile" and "Version" for usage in processing scripts (options are available as environment variables "NZBOP_APPBIN", "NZBOP_CONFIGFILE" and "NZBOP_VERSION");
  • renamed ParStatus constant "FAILED" to "FAILURE" for a consistence with ScriptStatus constant "FAILURE", that also affects the results of RPC-command "history";
  • added a new return code "95/POSTPROCESS_NONE" for post-processing scripts for cases when pp-script skips all post-processing work (typically upon a user's request via a pp-parameter);
    • modified the example post-processing script to return the new code instead of a error code when a pp-parameter "PostProcess" was set to "no";
  • added field "PostTime" to result of RPC-Command "listfiles" and fields "MinPostTime" and "MaxPostTime" for command "listgroups";
  • in "curses" and "colored" output-modes the download speed is now printed with one decimal digit when the speed is lower than 10 KB/s;
  • improvement in example post-processing script: added check for existence of "unrar" and command "wc";
  • added shell batch file for windows (nzbget-shell.bat); thanks to orbisvicis (orbisvicis@users.sourceforge.net) for the script;
  • added debian style init script (nzbgetd); thanks to orbisvicis (orbisvicis@users.sourceforge.net) for the script;
  • added the returning of a proper HTTP error code if the authorization was failed on RPC-calls; thanks to jdembski (jdembski@users.sourceforge.net) for the patch;
  • changed the sleep-time during the throttling of bandwidth from 200ms to 10ms in order to achieve better uniformity;
  • modified example postprocessing script to not use the command "dirname", which is not always available; thanks to Ger Teunis for the patch;
  • improved example post-processing script: added the check for existence of destination directory to return a proper ERROR-code (important for reprocessing of history items);
  • by saving the queue to disk now using relative paths for the list of compeled files to reduce the file's size;
  • eliminated few compiler warnings on GCC;
  • fixed: when option "DaemonUserName" was specified and nzbget was started as root, the lockfile was not removed;
  • fixed: nothing was downloaded when the option "Retries" was set to "0";
  • fixed: base64 decoding function used by RPC-method "append" sometimes failed, in particular when called from Ruby-language;
  • fixed: JSON-RPC-commands failed, if parameters were placed before method name in the request;
  • fixed: RPC-method "append" did not work properly on Posix systems (it worked only on Windows);
  • fixed compilation error when using native curses library on OpenSolaris;
  • fixed linking error on OpenSolaris when using GnuTLS;
  • fixed: option "ContinuePartial" did not work;
  • fixed: seg. fault in service mode on program start (Windows only);
  • fixed: environment block was not passed correctly to child process, what could result in seg faults (windows only);
  • fixed: returning the postprocessing exit code "92 - par-check all collections" when there were no par-files results in endless calling of postprocessing script;
  • fixed compatibility issues with OS/2.

nzbget-0.6.0 - 20 Mar. 2009

  • added scheduler; new options "TaskX.Time", "TaskX.WeekDays", "TaskX.Command", "TaskX.DownloadRate" and "TaskX.Process"
  • added support for postprocess-parameters; new subcommand "O" of remote command "E" to add/modify pp-parameter for group (nzb-file); new XML-/JSON-RPC-subcommand "GroupSetParameter" of method "editqueue" for the same purpose;
  • updated example configuration file and example postprocess-script to indicate new method of passing arguments via environment variables
  • added subcommands "F", "G" and "S" to command line switch "-L/--list", which prints list of files, groups or only status info respectively; extended binary communication protocol to transfer nzb-infos in addition to file-infos
  • added new subcommand "M" to edit-command "E" for merging of two (or more) groups (useful after adding pars from a separate nzb-file)
  • added option "MergeNzb" to automatically merge nzb-files with the same filename (useful by adding pars from a different source)
  • added script-processing of files in incoming directory to allow automatic unpacking and queueing of compressed nzb-files; new option "NzbProcess"
  • added the printing of post-process-parameters for groups in command "--list G"
  • added the printing of nzbget version into the log-file on start
  • added option "DeleteCleanupDisk" to automatically delete already downloaded files from disk if nzb-file was deleted from queue (the download was cancelled)
  • added option "ParTimeLimit" to define the max time allowed for par-repair
  • added command "--scan/-S" to execute the scan of nzb-directory on remote server
  • changed the method to pass arguments to postprocess/nzbprocess: now using environment variables (old method is still supported for compatibility with existing scripts)
  • added the passing of nzbget-options to postprocess/nzbprocess scripts as environment variables
  • extended the communication between nzbget and post-process-script: collections are now detected even if parcheck is disabled
  • added support for delayed par-check/repair: post-process-script can request par-check/repair using special exit codes to repair current collection or all collections
  • implemented the normalizing of option names and values in option list; the command "-p" also prints normalized names and values now; that makes the parsing of output of command "-p" for external scripts easier
  • replaced option "PostLogKind" with new option "ProcessLogKind" which is now used by all scripts (PostProcess, NzbProcess, TaskX.Process)
  • improved entering to paused state on connection errors (do not retry failed downloads if pause was activated)
  • improved error reporting on decoding failures
  • improved compatibility of yenc-decoder
  • improved the speed of deleting of groups from download queue (by avoiding the saving of queue after the deleting of each individual file)
  • updated configure-script for better compatibility with FreeBSD
  • cleaning up of download queue (option "ParCleanupQueue") and deletion of source nzb-file (option "NzbCleanupDisk") after par-repair now works also if par-repair was cancelled (option "ParTimeLimit"); since required par-files were already downloaded the repair in an external tool is possible
  • added workaround to avoid hangs in child processes (by starting of postprocess or nzbprocess), observed on uClibC based systems
  • fixed: TLS/SSL didn't work in standalone mode
  • fixed compatibility issues with Mac OS X
  • fixed: not all necessary par2-files were unpaused on first request for par-blocks (although harmless, because additional files were unpaused later anyway)
  • fixed small memory leak appeared if process-script could not be started
  • fixed: configure-script could not detect the right syntax for function "ctime_r" on OpenSolaris
  • fixed: files downloaded with disabled decoder (option decode=no) sometimes were malformed and could not be decoded
  • fixed: empty string parameters did not always work in XML-RPC

nzbget-0.5.1 - 21 Sep. 2008

  • improved the check of server responses to prevent unnecessary retrying if the article does not exist on server
  • fixed: seg.fault in standalone mode if used without specifying the category (e.g. without switch "-K")
  • fixed: download speed indicator could report not-null values in standby-mode (when paused)
  • fixed: parameter "category" in JSON/XML-RPC was not properly decoded by server, making the setting of a nested category (containing slash or backslash character) via nzbgetweb not possible

nzbget-0.5.0 - 8 Sep. 2008

  • added TLS/SSL-support for encrypted communication with news-servers
  • added IPv6-support for communication with news-servers as well as for communication between nzbget-server and nzbget-client
  • added support for categories to organize downloaded files
  • new option "AppendCategoryDir" to create the subdirectory for each category
  • new switch "-K" for usage with switch "-A" to define a category during the adding a file to download queue
  • new command "K" in switch "-E" to change the category of nzb-file in download queue; the already downloaded files are automatically moved to new directory if the option "AppendCategoryDir" is active
  • new parameter "Category" in XML-/JSON-RPC-command "editqueue" to allow the changing of category via those protocols
  • new parameter in a call to post-process-script with category name
  • scanning of subdirectories inside incoming nzb-directory to automatically assign category names; nested categories are supported
  • added option "ServerX.JoinGroup" to connect to servers, that do not accept "GROUP"-command
  • added example post-process script for unraring of downloaded files (POSIX only)
  • added options "ParPauseQueue" and "PostPauseQueue" useful on slow CPUs
  • added option "NzbCleanupDisk" to delete source nzb-file after successful download and parcheck
  • switch "-P" can now be used together with switches "-s" and "-D" to start server/daemon in paused state
  • changed the type of messages logged in a case of connection errors from "DEBUG" to "ERROR" to provide better error reporting
  • now using OS-specific line-endings in log-file and brokenlog-file: LF on Posix and CRLF on Windows
  • added detection of adjusting of system clock to correct uptime/download time (for NAS-devices, that do not have internal clock and set time from internet after booting, while nzbget may be already running)
  • added the printing of stack on segmentation faults (if configured with "--enable-debug", POSIX only)
  • added option "DumpCore" for better debugging on Linux in a case of abnormal program termination
  • fixed: configure-script could not automatically find libsigc++ on 64-bit systems
  • few other small fixes

nzbget-0.4.1 - 10 Jul. 2008

  • to avoid accidental deletion of file in curses-frontend the key "D" now must be pressed in uppercase
  • options "username" and password" in news-server's configuration are now optional
  • added the server's name to the detail-log-message, displayed on the start of article's download
  • added the option "AllowReProcess" to help to post-process-scripts, which make par-check/-repair on it's own
  • improved download-speed-meter: it uses now a little bit less cpu and calculates the speed for the last 30 seconds (instead of 5 seconds), providing better accuracy; Thanks to ydrol (ydrol@users.sourceforge.net) for the patch
  • reduced CPU-usage in curses-outputmode; Thanks to ydrol for the patch (ydrol@users.sourceforge.net)
  • fixed: line-endings in windows-style (CR-LF) in config-file were not read properly
  • fixed: trailing spaces in nzb-filenames (before the file's extension) caused errors on windows. Now they will be trimmed
  • fixed: XML-RPC and JSON-RPC did not work on Big-Endian-CPUs (ARM, PPC, etc), preventing the using of web-interface
  • fixed: umask-option did not allow to enable write-permissions for "group" and "others"
  • fixed: in curses-outputmode the remote-client showed on first screen-update only one item of queue
  • fixed: edit-commands with negative offset did not work via XML-RPC (but worked via JSON-RPC)
  • fixed incompatibility issues with gcc 4.3; Thanks to Paul Bredbury (brebs@users.sourceforge.net) for the patch
  • fixed: segmentation fault if a file listed in nzb-file does not have any segments (articles)

nzbget-0.4.0 - 8 Apr. 2008

  • added the support for XML-RPC and JSON-RPC to easier control the server from other applications;
  • added web-interface - it is available for download from NZBGet-project's home page as a separate package "web-interface";
  • added the automatic cleaning up of the download queue (deletion of unneeded paused par-files) after successful par-check/repair - new option "ParCleanupQueue";
  • added option "DetailTarget" to allow to filter the (not so important) log-messages from articles' downloads (they have now the type "detail" instead of "info");
  • added the gathering of progress-information during par-check; it is available via XML-RPC or JSON-RPC; it is also showed in web-interface;
  • improvements in internal decoder: added support for yEnc-files without ypart-statement (sometimes used for small files); added support for UU-format;
  • removed support for uulib-decoder (it did not work well anyway);
  • replaced the option "decoder (yenc, uulib, none)" with the option "decode (yes, no)";
  • added detection of errors "server busy" and "remote server not available" (special case for NNTPCache-server) to consider them as connect-errors (and therefore not count as retries);
  • added check for incomplete articles (also mostly for NNTPCache-server) to differ such errors from CrcErrors (better error reporting);
  • improved error-reporting on moving of completed files from tmp- to dst-directory and added code to move files across drives if renaming fails;
  • improved handling of nzb-files with multiple collections in par-checker;
  • improved the parchecker: added the detection and processing of files splitted after parring;
  • added the queueing of post-process-scripts and waiting for script's completion before starting of a next job in postprocessor (par-job or script) to provide more balanced cpu utilization;
  • added the redirecting of post-process-script's output to log; new option "PostLogKind" to specify the default message-kind for unformatted log-messages;
  • added the returning of script-output by command "postqueue" via XML-RPC and JSON-RPC; the script-output is also showed in web-interface;
  • added the saving and restoring of the post-processor-queue (if server was stopped before all items were processed); new option "ReloadPostQueue";
  • added new parameter to postprocess-script to indicate if any of par-jobs for the same nzb-file failed;
  • added remote command (switch O/--post) to request the post-processor-queue from server;
  • added remote command (switch -W/--write) to write messages to server's log;
  • added option "DiskSpace" to automatically pause the download on low disk space;
  • fixed few incompatibility-issues with unslung-platform on nslu2 (ARM);
  • fixed: articles with trailing text after binary data caused the decode failures and the reporting of CRC-errors;
  • fixed: dupecheck could cause seg.faults when all articles for a file failed;
  • fixed: by dupe-checking of files contained in nzb-file the files with the same size were ignored (not deleted from queue);
  • updated libpar2-patch for msvc to fix a segfault in libpar2 (windows only);
  • fixed: by registering the service on windows the fullpath to nzbget.exe was not always added to service's exename, making the registered service unusable;
  • fixed: the pausing of a group could cause the start of post-processing for that group;
  • fixed: too many info-messages "Need more N blocks" could be printed during par-check (appeared on posix only);

nzbget-0.3.1 - 1 Feb. 2008

  • Greatly reduced the memory consumption by keeping articles' info on disk until the file download starts;
  • Implemented decode-on-the-fly-technique to reduce disk-io; downloaded and decoded data can also be saved directly to the destination file (without any intermediate files at all); this eliminates the necessity of joining of articles later (option "DirectWrite");
  • Improved communication with news-servers: connections are now keeped open until all files are downloaded (or server paused); this eliminates the need for establishing of connections and authorizations for each article and improves overal download speed;
  • Significantly better download speed is now possible on fast connection; it was limited by delays on starting of new articles' downloads; the synchronisation mechanism was reworked to fix this issue;
  • Download speed meter is much more accurate, especially on fast connections; this also means better speed throttling;
  • Speed optimisations in internal decoder (up to 25% faster);
  • CRC-calculation can be bypassed to increase performance on slow CPUs (option "CrcCheck");
  • Improved parsing of artcile's subject for better extracting of filename part from it and implemented a fallback-option if the parsing was incorrect;
  • Improved dupe check for files from the same nzb-request to detect reposted files and download only the best from them (if option "DupeCheck" is on);
  • Articles with incorrect CRC can be treated as "possibly recoverable errors" and relaunched for download (option "RetryOnCrcError"), it is useful if multiple servers are available;
  • Improved error-check for downloaded articles (crc-check and check for received message-id) decreases the number of broken files;
  • Extensions in curses-outputmode: added group-view-mode (key "G") to show items in download queue as groups, where one group represents all files from the same nzb-file; the editing of queue works also in group-mode (for all files in this group): pause/unpause/delete/move of groups;
  • Other extensions in curses-outputmode: key "T" toggles timestamps in log; added output of statistical data: uptime, download-time, average session download speed;
  • Edit-command accepts more than one ID or range of IDs. E.g: "nzbget -E P 2,6-10,33-39"; The switch "-I" is not used anymore;
  • Move-actions in Edit-command affect files in a smart order to guarantee that the relative order of files in queue is not changed after the moving;
  • Extended syntax of edit-command to edit groups (pause/unpause/delete/move of groups). E.g: "nzbget -E G P 2";
  • Added option "DaemonUserName" to set the user that the daemon (POSIX only) normally runs at. This allows nzbget daemon to be launched in rc.local (at boot), and download items as a specific user id; Thanks to Thierry MERLE (merlum@users.sourceforge.net) for the patch;
  • Added option "UMask" to specify permissions for newly created files and dirs (POSIX only);
  • Communication protocol used between server and client was revised to define the byte order for transferred data. This allows hosts with different endianness to communicate with each other;
  • Added options "CursesNzbName", "CursesGroup" and "CursesTime" to define initial state of curses-outputmode;
  • Added option "UpdateInterval" to adjust update interval for Frontend-output (useful in remote-mode to reduce network usage);
  • Added option "WriteBufferSize" to reduce disk-io (but it could slightly increase memory usage and therefore disabled by default);
  • List-command prints additional statistical info: uptime, download-time, total amount of downloaded data and average session download speed;
  • The creation of necessary directories on program's start was extended with automatic creation of all parent directories or error reporting if it was not possible;
  • Printed messages are now translated to oem-codepage to correctly print filenames with non-english characters (windows only);
  • Added remote-command "-V (--serverversion)" to print the server's version;
  • Added option "ThreadLimit" to prevent program from crash if it wants to create too many threads (sometimes could occur in special cases);
  • Added options "NzbDirInterval" and "NzbDirFileAge" to adjust interval and delay by monitoring of incoming-directory for new nzb-files;
  • Fixed error on parsing of nzb-files containing percent and other special characters in their names (bug appeared on windows only);
  • Reformated sample configuration file and changed default optionnames from lowercase to MixedCase for better readability;
  • Few bugs (seg faults and memory leaks) were fixed.

nzbget-0.3.0 - 23 Nov. 2007

  • The download queue now contains newsgroup-files to be downloaded instead of nzb-jobs. By adding a new job, the nzb-file is immediately parsed and each newsgroup-file is added to download queue. Each file can therefore be managed separately (paused, deleted or moved);
  • Current queue state is saved after every change (file is completed or the queue is changed - entries paused, deleted or moved). The state is saved on disk using internal format, which allows fast loading on next program start (no need to parse xml-files again);
  • The remaining download-size is updated after every article is completed to indicate the correct remaining size and time for total files in queue;
  • Downloaded articles, which are saved in temp-directory, can be reused on next program start, if the file was not completed (option "continuepartial" in config-file);
  • Along with uulib the program has internal decoder for yEnc-format. This decoder was necessary, because uulib is so slow, that it prevents using of the program on not so powerful systems like linux-routers (MIPSEL CPU 200 MHz). The new decoder is very fast. It is controlled over option "decoder" in config-file;
  • The decoder can be completely disabled. In this case all downloaded articles are saved in unaltered form and can be joined with an external program; UUDeview is one of them;
  • If download of article fails, the program attempts to download it again so many times, what the option "retries" in config-file says. This works even if no servers with level higher than "0" defined. After each retry the next server-level is used, if there are no more levels, the program switches to level "0" again. The pause between retries can be set with config-option "retryinterval";
  • If despite of a stated connection-timeout (it can be changed via config-option "connectiontimeout") connection hangs, the program tries to cancel the connection (after "terminatetimeout" seconds). If it doesn't work the download thread is killed and the article will be redownloaded in a new thread. This ensures, that there are no long-time hanging connections and all articles are downloaded, when a time to rejoin file comes;
  • Automatic par-checking and repairing. Only required par-files are downloaded. The program uses libpar2 and does not require any external tools. The big advantage of library is, that it allows to continue par-check after new par-blocks were downloaded. This were not possible with external par2cmdline-tool. New configuration options "loadpars", "parcheck" and "parrepair";
  • There is a daemon-mode now (command-line switch "-D" (--daemon)). In this mode a lock-file (default location "/tmp/nzbget.lock", can be changed via option "lockfile") contains PID of daemon;
  • The format of configuration-file was changed from xml to more common text-format. It allows also using of variables like "tempdir=${MAINDIR}/tmp";
  • Any option of config-file can be overwritten via command-line switch "-o" (--option). This includes also the definition of servers. This means that the program can now be started without a configuration-file at all (all required options must be passed via command-line);
  • The command-line switches were revised. The dedicated switches to change options in config-file were eliminated, since any option can now be changed via switch "-o" (--option);
  • If the name of configuration-file was not passed via command-line the program search it in following locations: "~/.nzbget", "/etc/nzbget.conf", "/usr/etc/nzbget.conf", "/usr/local/etc/nzbget.conf", "/opt/etc/nzbget.conf";
  • The new command-line switch "-n" (--noconfigfile) prevents the loading of a config-file. All required config-options must be passed via command-line (switch "-o" (--option));
  • To start the program in server mode either "-s" (--server) or "-D" (--daemon) switch must be used. If the program started without any parameters it prints help-screen. There is no a dedicated switch to start in a standalone mode. If switches "-s" and "-D" are omitted and none of client-request-switches used the standalone mode is default. This usage of switches is more common to programs like "wget". To add a file to server's download queue use switch "-A" (--append) and a name of nzb-file as last command-line parameter;
  • There is a new switch "-Q" (--quit) to gracefully stop server. BTW the SIGKIL-signal is now handled appropriately, so "killall nzbget" is also OK, where "killall -9 nzbget" terminates server immediately (helpful if it hangs, but it shouldn't);
  • With new switch "-T" (--top) the file will be added to the top of download queue. Use it with switch "-A" (--append);
  • The download queue can be edited via switch "-E" (--edit). It is possible to pause, unpause, delete and move files in queue. The IDs of file(s) to be affected are passed via switch "-I" (fileid), either one ID or a range in a form "IDForm-IDTo". This also means, that every file in queue have ID now;
  • The switch "-L" (--list) prints IDs of files consequently. It prints also name, size, percentage of completing and state (paused or not) of each file. Plus summary info: number of files, total remaining size and size of paused files, server state (paused or running), number of threads on server, current speed limit;
  • With new switch "-G" (--log) the last N lines printed to server's screen-log, can be printed on client. The max number of lines which can be returned from servers depends on option "logbuffersize";
  • The redesigned Frontends (known as outputmodes "loggable", "colored" and "curses") can connect to (remote) server and behave as if you were running server-instance of program itself (command-line switch "-C" (--connect)). The log-output updates constantly and even all control-functions in ncurses-mode works: pause/unpause server, set download rate limit, edit of queue (pause/unpause, delete, move entries). The number of connected clients is not limited. The "outputmode" on a client can be set independently from server. The client-mode is especially useful if the server runs as a daemon;
  • The writing to log-file can be disabled via option "createlog". The location of log-file controls the option "log-file";
  • Switch "-p" (--printconfig) prints the name of configuration file being used and all option/value-pairs, taking into account all used "-o" (--option) - switches;
  • The communication protocol between server and client was optimized to minimize the size of transferred data. Instead of fixing the size for Filenames in data-structures to 512 bytes only in fact used data are transferred;
  • Extensions in ncurses-outputmode: scrolling in queue-list works better, navigation in queue with keys Up, Down, PgUp, PgDn, Home, End. Keys to move entries are "U" (move up), "N" (move down), "T" (move to top), "B" (move to bottom). "P" to pause/unpause file. The size, percentage of completing and state (paused or not) for every file is printed. The header of queue shows number of total files, number of unpaused files and size for all and unpaused files. Better using of screen estate space – no more empty lines and separate header for status (total seven lines gain). The messages are printed on several lines (if they not fill in one line) without trimming now;
  • configure.ac-file updated to work with recent versions of autoconf/automake. There are new configure-options now: "--disable-uulib" to compile the program without uulib; "--disable-ncurses" to disable ncurses-support (eliminates necessity of ncurses-libs), useful on embedded systems with little resources; "--disable-parcheck" to compile without par-check;
  • The algorithm for parsing of nzb-files now uses XMLReader instead of DOM-Parser to minimize memory usage (no more needs to build complete DOM-tree in memory). Thanks to Thierry MERLE "merlum@users.sourceforge.net" for the patch;
  • The log-file contains now thread-ID for all entry-types and additionally for debug-entries: filename, line number and function's name of source code, where the message was printed. Debug-messages can be disabled in config-file (option "debugtarget") like other messages;
  • The program is now compatible with windows. Project file for MS Visual C++ 2005 is included. Use "nzbget -install" and "nzbget -remove" to install/remove NZBGet-Service. Servers and clients can run on diferrent operating systems;
  • Improved compatibility with POSIX systems; Tested on: Linux Debian 3.1 on x86, Linux BusyBox with uClibc on MIPSEL, PC-BSD 1.4 (based on FreeBSD 6.2) on x86, Solaris 10 on x86;
  • Many memory-leaks and thread issues were fixed;
  • The program was thoroughly worked over. Almost every line of code was revised;

nzbget-0.2.3 - 5 Sep. 2005

  • Fixed problem with losing connection to newsserver after too long idle time
  • Added functionality for dumping lots of debug info

nzbget-0.2.2 - 17 Jul. 2005

  • Added Florian Penzkofers fix for FreeBSD, exchanging base functionality in SingleServerPool.cpp with a more elegant solution
  • Added functionality for forcing answer to reloading queue upon startup of server + use -y option to force from command-line + use "reloadqueue" option in nzbget.cfg to control behavior
  • Added nzbget.cfg options to control where info, warnings and errors get directed to (either screen, log or both)
  • Added option "createbrokenfilelog" in nzbget.cfg

nzbget-0.2.1 - 9 Jul. 2005

  • Changed and extended the TCP client/server interface
  • Added timeout on sockets which prevents certain types of nzbget hanging
  • Added Kristian Hermansen's patch for renaming broken files

nzbget-0.2.0 - 27 Feb. 2005

  • Moved 0.1.2-alt4 to a official release as 0.2.0
  • Small fixes

nzbget-0.1.2-alt4 - 2004

  • implemented tcp/ip communication between client & server (removing the rather defunct System V IPC)
  • added queue editing functionality in server-mode

nzbget-0.1.2-alt1 - 2004

  • added new ncurses frontend
  • added server/client-mode (using System V IPC)
  • added functionality for queueing download requests

nzbget-0.1.2 - 10 Aug. 2004

  • performance-improvements
  • commandline-options
  • fixes

nzbget-0.1.1 - 2 Apr. 2004

  • new output
  • fixes

nzbget-0.1.0a - 25 Feb. 2004

  • compiling-fixes

nzbget-0.1.0 - 2004

  • initial release
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