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Newsbin 6.80 Final, May 4, 2018




  • Long Filename Support (which broke XP compatibility)
  • Download Engine improvements
  • Improvements for handling obfuscated post descriptions
  • Updated RAR and PAR Processing code
  • Fixes to issues existing in 6.7x versions.
  • Now supports separate search history for subject and poster searching.
  • Advanced options to choose database modes for performance or reliability.
  • Sonarr integration improvements
  • Click on "Changes in this Version" tab for more details.

Changes in
this Version

Version 6.80 Final Build 5058, May 4, 2018

    NOTE: Will not run on XP machines.

  • Fixed the $(RAWSUBJECT) path variable function.
  • Change rawsubject mode to trim any whitespace and dashes from the end
  • Fixed issue where read timeouts on header downloads were not getting re-tried.
  • Remove the "No Filename" warning on sample unrar, was misleading.
  • Make sure the .nzb extension is removed when used as the unrar path for NZB's coming from Sonarr


Version 6.80 Release Candidate 8 Build 5055, April 19, 2018

    NOTE: Will not run on XP machines.

  • Pause now pauses unrar/repair processing too. Helps with low disk situations.
  • Fixed issue when downloading the last file in the set and hitting an error, it didn't fail the set. It just vanished.
  • Fixed issue where PAR only sets weren't clearing from the download list.
  • Changed logic to better handle when a single media file is posted with multiple par2 files.
  • Fixed issue when you expand multiple sets then collapse them out of order. The state was geting screwed up.
  • Fixed descriptions for the path variables displayed when you change a download path.
  • Fixed issue where the 411 no group errors weren't listing the group.
  • Improved handling of out of disk space situation. Now requires 2 times the free space before attempting unrar.
  • Now pauses unrars if space gets low. Also requires 10% of the threshold space freed up before it the warning dialog disappears.
  • Added the header import folder to periodic data folder cleanup routine. Import folder purging is smarter now. It won't touch a GZ or text file but will purge any extra files.
  • Fixed issue when deleting a header download, was taking a very long time to recover.
  • Changed method of renaming pars when needed.
  • Fixed issue where empty groups weren't getting removed from the download list.
  • Fixed issue where Clear Search history wasn't clearing poster history. Also fixed to clear imagedb search history.
  • Fixed issue with header backlog counter. Now counts GZ and TXT files only.

Version 6.80 Release Candidate 7 Build 5054, March 16, 2018

    NOTE: Will not run on XP machines.

  • Rebuild without compiler optimizations to fix odd issues with the remote nzb interface
  • Fixed issue with excessively long subjects giving multiple entries in post list (and Search)
  • Fixed issue introduced in RC6 where expanding then collapsing some posts would leave extra lines in the post list
  • Fixed issue with certain NZBs that would not download if first imported into a post list.
  • Fixed new $(RAWSUBJECT) path variable introduced in RC6.
  • Now logs if the "BypassFileCheck" flag is on because it disables file resume on restart.

Version 6.80 Release Candidate 6 Build 5050, March 8, 2018

    NOTE: Will not run on XP machines.

  • Fixed issue processing parless random filename files from autoloaded NZB. Symptom was you would see a flash in the download list then it would disappear with no indication of what happened.
  • Fixed issue processing some NZB's that have an illegal doctype in the header. Turns out it is case sensitive.
  • Fixed issue where auto-disable of speed limiter after a specified period of time was not working.
  • Changed the "periodic poll" message in the Logging tab to show in debug mode only
  • Fixed issue where NZB Password wasn't always getting cleaned out of the NZB Filename.
  • Added a new path variable called $(RAWSUBJECT) which leaves some numbers in the subject instead of stipping all numbers. File counters are still removed but doesn't strip "-" or "_" anymore. If the cleaned up subject is less than 10 characters, full subject is used.
  • Fixed issue with right click menus in the NZB watch folder options.
  • Fixed issue that was causing some connection weirdness when Newsbin is paused for extended times.
  • Fixed issue when using multiple path variables with no separators, values were leaking together.
  • Fixed issue where some PAR2 files were not getting paused during normal file processing.
  • Modified Read Post Body to read the first chunk of several RAR files, not just the first one. In some cases the actual name is listed in the RAR.
  • Hooked up the right click menu in NZB options.
  • Added an error messgage when manual loading a bad NZB

Version 6.80 Release Candidate 5 Build 5042, February 15, 2018

    NOTE: Will not run on XP machines.

  • Fixed issue where clicking the "X" in download/files list clears search but doesn't clear search drop-down.
  • Fixed issue with Newsbin slowing down when there were 10s of 1000s of small files (like picture files) queued for download.
  • Fixed issue where header based watch lists were losing the groups they came from.
  • Fixed issue where adding a bunch of files (1000s) to the download list would bog things down.
  • Fixed issue processing certain types of posts using non-standard file counter designation.
  • Fixed issue with files not getting marked as downloaded sometimes.
  • Fixed file naming issue when downloading text only posts.
  • Fixed issue with Remote NZB function not defaulting to a proper download and unrar path if they weren't set in the options.
  • Fixed issue with registration introduced in RC4

Version 6.80 Release Candidate 4 Build 5038, January 24, 2018

    NOTE: Will not run on XP machines.

  • Fix issue where free space dialogs will stack up if Newsbin is left unattended and you run out of space.
  • Fixed issue where Newsbin was downloading more PAR files than necessary
  • Added an NBI setting to disable recursive unrar. In the [AutoRAR] section, create a variable RecursiveUnRAR and set to 0 to disable. It is on by default.
  • Header downloads no longer save the headers as GZ files. Instead they're saved as text. Leaving it up to the user to enable folder compression if they want compression. Newsbin still reads GZ and .txt files from the Import folder but only generates .txt on header downloads now.

Version 6.80 Release Candidate 3 Build 5035, January 18, 2018

    NOTE: Will not run on XP machines.

  • Restrict NZB Filename size to 60 chars in $(NZBFILE) to prevent excessive path growth.
  • Restrict Obscure file rename size to 60 chars to prevent excessive path growth.
  • Don't remove the NZB Password from $(NZBFILE)
  • Added more logging of periodic seach thread for troubleshooting purposes

Version 6.80 Release Candidate 2 Build 5029, January 3, 2018

    NOTE: Will not run on XP machines.

  • Fixed issue running on 32 bit machines.
  • The remote NZB interface is now single threaded. Still supports multiple clients but they get processed in sequence instead of in parallel. Addresses potential reliability issues.
  • Fixed issue where some tabs would not stay open between runs such as Servers and Thumbnails.
  • Fixed a potential thread exit which can be triggered by some specific errors.
  • Fixed issue where header downloads on empty groups would leave the download in the download list sometimes.
  • Fixed issue where download errors could force the assembler thread to exit.
  • Made some changes to address error reports possibly tripping for an unrelated error event.

Version 6.80 Release Candidate 1 Build 5005, December 29, 2017

    NOTE: Will not run on XP machines.

  • Fixed issue where downloading a sample isn't putting "Sample" on the filename if there is an unrar failure.
  • Fixed issue where sampling deleted the rars and output files.
  • Fixed issue where compacted NZB's don't always sort the PARS to the bottom of the list. Would cause slow repair and unrar.
  • Changed flag for "force group selection" under Options -> Servers -> Really Advanced because of reports it is stuck on.
  • Fixed issue when Newsbin selects a group and the group does not exist, the download would not work. Only was an issue if "Force Group Selection" is enabled.

Version 6.80 Beta 13 Build 5004, December 11, 2017

    NOTE: Will not run on XP machines.

  • Fixed issue with encrypted files not unraring.
  • Fixed issue where the last file in a zip file containing multiple files was unzipping.
  • Added "Nzbs" folder to data folder purge cycle.
  • Added recursive folder removal to data folder purge cycle.
  • Added new compaction logic to better handle obfuscated post sets in NZB files.
  • Fixed issue with loaded NZB files not getting purged

Version 6.80 Beta 12 Build 5000, December 1, 2017

    NOTE: Will not run on XP machines.

  • Processed NZBs now go into an NZB folder located in the Newsbin Data Folder instead of going to a folder named "loaded".
  • NZB Autoload will only process files actually containing NZBs now instead of all files in the folder.
  • Changes to better group certain posting styles into files.
  • Fixed issue loading ZIP files containing NZB's
  • When downloading with NZB files, now renames obfuscated filenames found in a rar file with NZB filename.
  • Purge the history list of anything older than 7 days when using automation interface (sonarr, couchpotato, etc)
  • AutoPAR will now automatically extract .zip files.
  • Fixed issue where Files and Failed lists weren't retaining history in the Find field.
  • Fixed bug that prevented header downloads from retrying on errors.
  • Fixed potential crash bug.
  • When processing NZB's, processed files go in to the "loaded" folder. This folder location is now centralized in the Newsbin Data Folder instead of using the "Loaded" folder under each NZB Autoload folder.
  • Autoload filename scan for Zip and Rar files only touch files that actually contain NZB's. It ignores files > 10MB.
  • When copying NZB's to the temp/NZB folder, now copies over the last path segment unless the source folder is already the temp/nzb folder.
  • Fixed issue with certain posting styles where feeding an NZB into a post list from double-click wouldn't compact but it would compact when loading it into the files list.

Version 6.80 Beta 11 Build 4994, November 6, 2017

    NOTE: May be unreliable on XP machines.

  • Fixed issue with NZB pathing
  • Fixed issue where files that became complete in subsequent header downloads weren't getting fed in auto mode.
  • Fixed issue with 32 bit build, was not allowing access to the MOTD or the Search server.
  • Fixed issue where the Failed List would sometimes not show why the post failed in the Status column.
  • Implemented new hidden option to control how Newsbin handles unrar rar files within rar files.

  • In the newsbin.nbi file, go to the [AutoRAR] section and set RecursiveUnRAR = 0 to disable. Default is enabled.
  • Fixed issue where changing Rename settings weren't taking effect for unrar functions until after a restart.
  • Fixed issue where some sets of pars didn't get deleted along with the RAR files.
  • Improvements to Sonarr integration
  • Added support for parsing and displaying rgss3a and rgss2a files in image viewer

Version 6.80 Beta 10 Build 4981, October 21, 2017

    NOTE: Does not run under XP (and may not run on XP anymore)

  • Implemented performance improvements for header processing
  • Implemented NBI option to change database protection level.
    Under the [PERFORMANCE] section, set the "DatabaseMode" variable.
    1 - Journal Mode
    2 - Wal Mode
    3 - *not recommended*
    4 - No Protection
    Newsbin defaults to Wal Mode if DatabaseMode setting is missing or not set. Using 1 or 2 minmizes possibility for database corruption but has some performance overhead. Using 4 can result in a corrupted database if you have a system crash while Newsbin is running but is the fastest. Changes must be made while Newsbin is closed.
  • Fixed potential crash processing header data.
  • Fixed issue where AutoPAR may leave files in download list.
  • Made change to have a more aggressive removal mode. When last file has been downloaded, it goes to failed list immediately.
  • Now clears filter profile setting between Internet Search searches. Needs to be manually applied after search completes.
  • Fixed issue where NZB Autoload wasn't obeying local download path.
  • Fixed issue where some unrars don't show subject in files list.
  • Change in AutoPar to ensure when all files are downloaded and there's not enough blocks to repair, fail the file.
  • Change when using calendar extend the "from" to use the entire day checked instead of N * 24 hours in the past.
  • Fixed potential issue with periodic search exception making the thread exit.
  • Engine: Clean download list by PARID needs to be working. To catch rogue PAR files.
  • Fixed issue where post completion status was not always updated. Would be correct after expanding post.
  • Fixed issue where sort order was not maintained when watch lists are modified
  • Fixed issue where viewing properties on some files in the Download List wouldn't work.
  • Fixed issue where typing in the group for the search tab group selection wouldn't override an earlier drop down.
  • Added a flag to the .nbi configuration to force re-download of files even if they already exist.
    Set BypassFileCheck = 1 in the [FILENAME] section.
  • Fixed issue when if autopar is disabled, downloaded files weren't getting removed from Download List
  • Display: A group with $(GROUP) in it can't "Open DownloadPath"
  • Fixed issue where UnRAR percentage displayed could go over 100%
  • Now removes any "Sample" files received from Sonarr. Assume people want the full thing when using automation.
  • Fixed issue where completion state of files when loaded from an NZB was not always correct.
  • Fixed issue where "All Groups" isn't getting set in the drop-down list of the Watch List dialog. If it is blank, it means "All Groups"
  • Fixed issue where search rescan wasn't showing counts even though results collect.
  • Fixed issue writing file signatures for duplicate detection mechanism

Version 6.80 Beta 9 Build 4978, September 22, 2017

    NOTE: Does not run under XP (and may not run on XP anymore)

  • Fixed issue with Sonarr communication with Newsbin.
  • Updated Zlib, Prce and SSL libraries.
  • Fixed issue in Sonarr interface where it wasn't saving the NZB's to the NZB Folder as it should.
  • Fixed internal crash issue with certain really old GZ files.
  • New feature, choosing "Subject" or "Poster" searching now has separate histories displayed instead of all combined in one list.
  • Fixed crash issue when trying to hit help from options menu.
  • Fixed issue with "Load Older Posts" replacing instead of adding to search results.

Version 6.80 Beta 8 Build 4972, September 14, 2017

    NOTE: Does not run under XP (and may not run on XP anymore)

  • Fixed Database Compaction function
  • Made change to handle when Windows fails to report available disk space. Does not pop up an error unless real data gets returned.
  • Fixed issue with files not getting fed to the files list if AutoPAR was disabled.
  • Fixed issue clearing the download list of small files after they download.
  • Added support for some new posting formats to better combine posts in a set.
  • New logic to automatically filter out headers with posting styles that Newsbin cannot make use of. These files can only be downloaded if you have an NZB file created by the original poster.
  • Fixed issue using recycle bin. Does not support long paths. Any paths > 260 characters will get deleted and not recycled.
  • Fixed selection sort capability
  • Fixed issue when posting a file, the task was hanging in the download list even though it did get posted.
  • Made change to posting function to give up after failing instead of trying forever. Was an issue when posting to a server that does not allow posting.
  • Fixed issue with slow removal of single part files from the download list.
  • Fixed issue where thumbnails weren't working if Image DB is active.
  • Fix that hopefully will reduce number of times the "No Data Available" text will display in fields while trying to extract data from the Database
  • Fixed Help button in Options menu. Was using jibberish URL

Version 6.80 Beta 7 Build 4965, August 16, 2017

  • Tweaked error message issued from Post UnRAR filter to avoid confusion of the source.
  • Other tweaks to address potential issue with par2 files not getting processed correctly.
  • Fixed issue where menu options launching URL's were not working (i.e. help/forums)
  • New AutoPAR processing. Now has a dedicated thread to prevent the chunk folder from growing too large.
  • Fixed issue where UnRAR would not generate paths that exist in the RAR archive.
  • Fixed issue where filters weren't getting copied when using a template upon creation of a new filter profile.
  • Fixed issue where file sets would not compact properly if there is no subject.
  • Fixed issue where Repair library and Newsbin were not able to handle internal paths if using linux forward slash "/"
  • Fixed display issue when expanding a set in the download list queued from search results
  • Fixed issue with MOTD not auto-closing.
  • Fixed issue where Newsbin would not download more PARs if the first one is damaged.
  • Fixed download failure when initial PAR doesn't set the PAR ID.
  • Added the ability to save NZB's to disk when using Sonarr
  • Fixed issue moving par files to wish list
  • Fixed possible hang on exit issue.
  • Fixed issue when using the $(DOWNLOADPATH) path variable. It wasn't rendering.
  • Fixed issue where the low disk threshold popup would display if the download folder is missing.
  • Fixed issue where incomplete files that are downloaded weren't getting upper cased as they should.
  • Fixed issue where some single part files were not getting removed from the download list.

Version 6.80 Beta 6 Build 4932, July 14, 2017

  • Fixed hang on exit issue.
  • Fixed issue when data drive runs out of space, pop up warning was not coming up.
  • Major changes to support long filenames (>260 characters).
  • Added more logging to try to help troubleshoot reports of watchlists failing
  • Now supports file sets that include password in the subject
  • Fixed issue where a decode was attempted after it had already completed, giving misleading error message.
  • Rebuilt DLL to use no special Intel instructions. Should work on AMD's again.
  • Fixed issue where random filenames in the yEnc headers wouldn't match the filename Newsbin was using from the subject impacting resume function.
  • Fix for issue with "Placeholder" displaying in the download path listed in the wish list.

Version 6.80 Beta 5 Build 4909, June 21, 2017

  • Fix for filter sorting. Issue introduced in Beta 4
  • Found and fixed two crash issues
  • Fixed issue with sample files getting included in main rar set in some cases.
  • Fix issue compacting some styles of mp3 posts.
  • Fixed issue retrieving and using password from NZB file when it exists.
  • Improved MD5 detection.
  • Improved compaction to handle new style of file counters.
  • Improved efficiency ih downloading headers.
  • Sped up exit processing
  • Fixed issue where encrypted sets with no valid password would keep trying to unrar but never fail - now goes to failed list.

Version 6.80 Beta 4 Build 4879, June 1, 2017

  • XFeatures command is now disabled by default. Too many security software packages conflict with it. If you want to use XFeatures, you should have your security software ignore Newsbin then enable it under Options -> Servers -> Really Advanced. If you don't know what XFeatures is then you probably aren't going to miss it. :)
  • Fixed crash issue when searching other files for PARS.
  • Updated RAR library
  • Turned on sorting for the Filter Profile Dropdown in Group Properties.

Version 6.80 Beta 2 Build 4847, May 2, 2017

  • Fixed issue with the Read Post Body function (Ctrl-R) and getting the first chunk first.
  • Fixed problem with Internet Search results for small files. Was losing some data.

Version 6.80 Beta 1 Build 4841, April 24, 2017

  • Fixed issue where Newsbin couldn't download if there was an illegal filename in subject.
  • Fixed issue where the "Look in Groups" dropdown in a Watch Topic wasn't remembering the Group chosen and defaulted to searching all newsgroups.
  • Removed confirmation prompt when performaing a "Mark All Old" since it is non-destructive and reversable.
  • Fixed issue in AutoPar when the first par2 file is corrupt. Now triggers other par downloads.
  • Now compacts all NZB records that come from Sonarr or SickBeard to solve issue displaying post sets with obscured filenames.
  • Fixed issue where automatic assemble incompletes wasn't working correctly.
  • Resolved intermittent stalling issue when retries fail.
  • Reduced logging in some cases. Caused the disks to get hammered.
  • NZB Autoload no longer looks at rar files larger than 5MB. There is no limit in the size of NZB files
  • Change AutoPAR to go ahead and unrar 0 byte files. Sometimes they are meaningful files.
  • The performance option "Fail Chunks with bad yEnc Formats" is now on by default. Most are correct these days. Bad ones are usually spam.
  • In cases where the yEnc filename doesn't contain an extension now uses the filename from the Subject.
  • Change in the download engine to download raw data and send to decoder after the fact instead of processing on the fly.
  • Speed and reliabilty enhancements to yEnc, Mime, and UU decoding functions since they are now decoupled from the download engine.

Known Issues

  • Version 6.80 does not run on XP
  • Some file size info returned by search is wrong until expanded. Issue on the Search Database side.
  • Had someone report Assemble Incomplete didn't work. Turns out it doesn't work if Newsbin is paused. That's just how it is.
  • Cosmetic problem in header based watches. Doesn't show or know the correct group in the post list.
  • Not obeying "pars to wishlist" setting
  • Download lists from versions older than 6.60 are not compatible.
  • Last Updated timestamp in the Groups tab is one hour off when Daylight Savings Time is in force.
  • Auto-shutdown will close Newsbin while headers are still importing in the background. Determined to be annoying but not critical as the import will continue once Newsbin is started again.
  • Report that utf8 and unicode posts are not displaying correctly, i.e. Korean groups
  • Manually entered group as a Watch List filter does not work. Can only choose Group of Group folders here.
  • NBRemote hangs on last file when displaying files list
  • NBRemote does not work with trial keys
  • Need to add support for .REV files
  • Drag and Drop to order the Groups list in the Groups tab is not hooked up, nor can you column sort the groups. Workaround is to edit the .nbi file directly.
  • There have been reports that Newsbin isn't saving the correct renamed files to descript.ion file.
    Newsbin renames the file on disk and then lands the file. Without re-writing the descript.ion, there's no way to fix this.
  • Crosspost filters in the Add Groups dialog are not hooked up.

    Our Beta Support Forum has current discussions about this beta release.

    If you have an issue not addressed in the forums, please contact Newsbin Technical Support

Heard about from a friend. Watched him use it and it looks awesome. K.H., Carlisle, Pennsylvania - February 14, 2017