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Hey, I can't find a good torrent downloader, can anyone help me out? Because I found two, one I didn't know how to install it, and the other i installed but can't find how to open it. I have a gnome one but it wont open. Thanks. Laters.
What are these 2 torrent programs? Maybe we can help with the install/troubleshooting. For starters, open a console and try to run your non-working one from there (just type in the program name, for instance, I would type "ktorrent" without the quotes). This should generate an error message. Copy and paste the error message into your next post.
Try looking for it. Use "slocate bittorent" or "whereis bittorent". This is assuming you have slocate set up, which if you don't you might as well, since it's pretty useful. A guide is here: http://shilo.is-a-geek.com/slack/search3.html
It should all be there in the guide, but I'll go through it step by step:
"slocate" is the security-enhanced version of the GNU "locate" tool. It works like the Find function in Windows, except far more efficiently and with more flexibility and power. The "security-enhanced" thing simply refers to, amongst other things, the fact that it checks file permissions (i.e. who owns the file and who is allowed to see it) before simply giving you results. It is also the muscle behind (I believe) the Gnome search function (I may be completely off base on this, I only use the command line so I don't really know.)
slocate uses a database of files to search quickly. This probably does not yet exist if you have only recently installed your distro (which distro is this, by the way?) So we create it using the "touch" command, by typing
at the command line, or into a virtual terminal if you are going graphical (look around in your menus for xterm, eterm, or aterm, these are the most common). Also note that it may be useful to be root when you do this (but I'm not sure, I'm fairly new myself too). The touch command is normally used to update the "last accessed" attributes of files, but in this case, since the file doesn't exist, touch is creating it.
Your database is, however, empty. So we have to populate it by typing
(the & is meant to be there). updatedb is really just running slocate with the specific instruction that it is to update its database. The & at the end tells it to run in the background, so your terminal won't list all the files it is indexing and you can do other stuff in the meantime.
After a bit, it will have indexed all the files, and typing "slocate filename" will search for a file. Also, it lets you use the Gnome searching function (yep, I looked it up, it's Gnome.), if you prefer a graphical system.
Wow, this was a long reply about something else to a question about torrents. But whatever, it's like this that we pick up new bits of info. Cheers,
To become the root user, in a console or wherever you're typing, enter the command
it will then ask you for your root password, and make you root. su is the "superuser" command. Please note that if you are using Ubuntu (which distro are you using anyway?) the command is "sudo" (once again, I think but I don't know, because it's not my area). Good luck,
You will have to wait for it to make the database. Depending on how many files you have this could take a while. Check up on it occasionally using the "top" command or "ps ax". Both of these will give you a list of all running processes. If slocate or updatedb (I forget which it calls itself) shows up on the list, it's not done yet. The only main difference between the two above commands, by the way, is that "top" will continue updating the list until you quit it (Control C), whereas ps ax just prints a list. Regards,