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Old 07-20-2007, 01:43 PM   #1
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Looking for a CLI torrent client for specific purposes.


I want a torrent client which I could run from a command line in a headless server using ssh. After that I should be able to add torrents easily. I should also be able to get information, such as DL and UL speed, download percentage, amount of seeds and peers from the client easily.

I intend to make a basic frontend, so I could see the information right from my desktop in another computer.

It would be ideal, if it could simply be managed with command line options, such as

$ client -add example.torrent
$ client -getDLspeed example.torrent

ect so I could manage it with shell scripts.

Other things I'd like are
  • Easy management of upload and download speeds, both per torrent and total
  • Banning of peers, for example torrent poisoners
  • Ability to feed the client torrents straight from the CLI
  • Client being lightweight and fast
  • Being able to use all my download and upload bandwith
  • Should be able to be manipulated when in background

So far I tried rtorrent and ctorrent enhanced. Rtorrent's xmlrpc output seemed a little complicated to process and I still haven't completely figured out how to control ctorrent's transfers when the program runs in background.

Maybe you can advise something.
Old 07-20-2007, 01:48 PM   #2
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Couldn't you just forward X over SSH from PC to PC and then use any GUI or CLI based torrent?
Old 07-20-2007, 02:11 PM   #3
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No, I don't want GUI.


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