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Old 01-24-2004, 05:36 PM   #1
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BitTorrent seeding / load averages

I have numerous files that are in great demand for download, so I've gone to BitTorrent as a solution. Using the BitTorrent python source file btdownloadheadless with several things that I've hacked into it: 1) A setuid python call so that it isn't running as root, but instead a lesser privileged user and 2) I have it output that console data to a file, which is viewable from the web. Then, I simply run the btdownloadheadless (modified) with the 'daemon' C application I created in order to remove the process from the SSH tty I am connected on. All is set, until I check the loadavg. cat /proc/loadavg

The 1 minute interval has been up near 5 and 6 when I'm running (nearly) all of the torrent seeds that I need to. This obviously is not desirable as it interferes with system services such as SSH, apache, and others.

Suffice to say, I believe there are several options available that I can use in order to reduce the load. details the command options, except, I'm not sure which of those would possibly allow me to reduce the load per torrent seed.

Any help is appreciated. Thanks.

I should note that when I say "all" of the torrent files. I only have seven or so torrents that absolutely need to be seeded. Around 5 (five torrents seeded, that is) is when the load becomes noticeable.

Last edited by fr0zen; 01-24-2004 at 05:52 PM.


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