rtorrent keeps checking hashes, even after I told it not to
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Some torrent software has an option of preserving torrent hash data between program restarts and it is only then that an option to not check hashes has any effect. If you don't have the program set to preserve hash data between restarts of the software then it disregards the check hash suppression option and checks the hashes.
I am not sure how rtorrent works but it might be similar.