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Old 09-21-2008, 04:09 AM   #1
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Controlling torrent downloads with cron


I have a headless server running Ubuntu 8.04, no graphics, minimum install with LAMP server installed. Have Clutch running to download torrents, but want to only run it during my ISPs offpeak times. Was thinking that cron may be the way to go, but need advice on how to set it up. Should I make it open and close clutch at the specific times, or transmission? I think that it should work just turning transmission on and off and using Clutch to tell what torrents transmission should download. Would I be able, though, to use Clutch to tell transmission to download a torrent even when transmission was turned off during the peak download times?

Sorry if these seem to be really simple questions, but I've never setup a computer with command line access only.
 
Old 09-21-2008, 05:58 AM   #2
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Was thinking that cron may be the way to go, but need advice on how to set it up. Should I make it open and close clutch at the specific times, or transmission? I think that it should work just turning transmission on and off and using Clutch to tell what torrents transmission should download.
Check out the commandline 'transmission-remote'? With it you can signal 'transmission-daemon' to start or stop seeding and downloading torrents.


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Would I be able, though, to use Clutch to tell transmission to download a torrent even when transmission was turned off during the peak download times?
As far as I know seeding and downloading torrents is just one function. transmission-daemon, as the name implies is a background process waiting eternally for commands. Hence stopping seeding and downloading torrents should not mean the transmission-daemon is dead and gone. Anyway, the fun part of GNU/Linux is that you can test, experiment and experience things yourself for free. So just try it, I'd say and post back your findings.
 
Old 09-21-2008, 06:26 AM   #3
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Thanks unSpawn. I seem to be able to download and upload files, but using:/
sudo /usr/bin/transmission-remote --stop all

doesn't seem to stop the torrents.
 
Old 09-21-2008, 06:33 AM   #4
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Prolly a syntax error. Check if you need to add any auth info and such. Else check logs for errors?
 
  


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