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Old 09-22-2003, 06:28 PM   #1
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BitTorrent installation..... something not right

Hey there guys, I know that the installation has been addressed earlier but my question was not answered. I am running RH9/gnome and dl'd BitTorrent-experimental-3.2.1b-2.tar.gz. I followed the tarball extraction and added the line:

application/x-bittorrent; /usr/bin/ %s; test=test -n "$DISPLAY"
Obvously changing /usr/bin/ to the location where I extracted the tarball to.

to /etc/mailcap as per the unix inatallation readme that was extracted from the tarball

When I click on a torrent link I get my normal box popping up asking where to DL the file to, I choose the location and it just DL's the torrent file instead of the actual file I want. Not only that but there is no gui that pops up

I have used bittorrent in WindowsXP and everything works fine., click the link, pick where to dl file to and then a gui box pops up showing the progress of the download.

My actual question is can anybody see anything that I forgot, or has anyone had similar problems and know how to solve them?

Please be patient with me for I am very new to linux and am having a blast learning it and slowly making my switch to a complete linux box. I am not quite there yet!

Oh yeah, I am using Galeon as my web browser if that helps.

Last edited by DraaX; 09-22-2003 at 06:35 PM.
Old 09-23-2003, 11:11 AM   #2
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I get the same problem. Bittorrent for linux is hard to use.
Old 09-23-2003, 11:34 AM   #3
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First thing I notice that's different is this:

application/x-bittorrent; /usr/local/bin/ --responsefile %s; test=test -n "$DISPLAY"

That help?

Last edited by Greyweather; 09-23-2003 at 11:35 AM.
Old 09-23-2003, 03:17 PM   #4
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Well I thank you for your response Greyweather. They mentioned right in that link that there was an error in the readme that came with the tarball, and they forgot to add the --responsefile.
I updated my /etc/mailcap and added the --responsefile in the proper location. Now when I click a torrent link it opens a page with a bunch of code on it. I have no idea what the code is, and or does.
Bittorrent is still not working properly.
Can anyone else (or Greyweather again) offer any other suggestions? Has anyone experienced this same problem?

Thanx!!! I will conquer this problem!!!!!!!

Last edited by DraaX; 09-23-2003 at 03:39 PM.
Old 09-23-2003, 04:04 PM   #5
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I am too lazy to get wxpython, I just use command line python ver. --saveas [file] --url [torrent file]
Old 09-23-2003, 04:19 PM   #6
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it says in the unix install file that the browser might not pay attention to the /etc/mailcap file. now me, i just went to the preferences in mozilla (1.4), helper applications, and asocciated the torrent file w/ bittorrent (weird enough, i dont have a /etc/mailcap file. maybe its hidden?). although, i am getting a hang when the gui says connecting to peers. i will admit though, i have only tried bittorrent with the invader zim torrent links, cause invader zim rocks!!!


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