For a while I have been dealing with this and I fugured it out today. basically I use Easynews and my ISP's news server. My ISP retention I believe sits at around 30+ days, Easynews is 150 days on the package I'm on. Anyways for a while I have noticed that anything about 50 days or older would have incompletes. And well sometimes all the files would be incomplete.
However if I check with easynews with the web interface all files are complete and retention goes to 150 days. Well today I decided to buy 120 gigs from Astraweb to help out with the incompletes and so that I don't have to download all my files using the web interface with easynews.
These are the things I noticed. Even after adding the Astraweb news server which now has 180 days of retention. Files of 60 days old were still coming up as incomplete when queued. Well they start good in the green and then they are marked as incomplete and the available data starts dropping and dropping.
Mmmm so I figured that Alt.Binz when downloading from different servers it will take the retention of the server with the worst retention. So I decided to take my ISP's server out and just leaved easynews and astraweb and after restarting Alt.Binz. All the files come as 100% complete now.
Here is my question. Is there any way to setup Alt.Binz to use the best retention when using servers that all have different retention?
I looked through the options but did not find anything. There is an option in the server tab to use a certain server as backup. I wanted to use Astraweb as backup but then it picks up the retention of the server that has less retention. Basically the only way to have the best retention is to only use the server with the best retention. WTF???
I know newsleecher will allow you to use servers with better retention as backup servers for incomplete articles because you can set which server has priority and I do believe that Newsleecher will use the server with the best retention and will not flag the files in the queue as incomplete as long as at least one server has the file complete.
BTW I'm using Alt.Binz 0.28.4