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asininity 04-03-2007 03:46 PM

Problem with rtorrent
Hi new to the forum,

Just having some problems with rtorrent was told is was one of the best for linux. My main problem is well everything, how complicated do you want to make something??? :confused:

I cant add a torrent, even follow the instructions. I'm sure there will be more problems but learning to do other things is pointless if you can't use the client.:mad:

I've downloaded the manual but that makes as much sense as Japanese to me, can anyone help??:scratch:

Or better point me in the direction of a decent client for someone who does have a degree in programming.:cry: I've used azureus but would prefer something less hungry:)

jeenam 04-03-2007 04:18 PM

rtorrent is a great command line bittorrent client. It's really not that hard to use.

A few posts in this link have details on how to use the program:

asininity 04-04-2007 03:35 PM

Just got it working so thanks

asininity 04-05-2007 04:33 PM

Back with query...
Just wondering if anyone could tell my how to get the torrents to resume after shut down as I can't figure it out. Thanks in advance:)

666 04-06-2007 06:43 AM

You should edit your rtorrent.rc file.
Find this line:
#session = ./session
Make directory ./session and uncomment that line.
You can name your session directory what ever you like but than you have to edit rtorrent.rc according to your choice.

jeenam 04-06-2007 05:48 PM

rtorrent will hash check any downloaded portions of a torrent when a torrent file is opened and there are existing partial files already in rtorrent's working directory.

asininity 04-12-2007 04:30 PM

Sorry for the very slow reply.

Im not entirely sure I understand what to do...

First i cant find rtorrent.rc anywhere do i need to create it? And secondly (not sure if this has anything to do with it) when i open rtorrent i get this message:

"Could not read resource file: ~/.rtorrent.rc"

Please help thanks

666 04-13-2007 09:53 AM

You can find an example rtorrent.rc file in: /usr/share/doc/rtorrent/examples

From the first line of the rtorrent.rc example:

# This is an example resource file for rTorrent. Copy to
# ~/.rtorrent.rc and enable/modify the options as needed.Remember to
# uncomment the options you wish to enable.

So you just have to copy it to your home directory. Read it carefully and edit to your needs.

Here you can find a few examples:

asininity 04-13-2007 04:16 PM

Thanks for the quick reply found the rtorrent.rc, only problem is that having edited it and saved it in my home directory as you said when i start rtorrent it says:

"rtorrent: Could not lock session directory: "./session/", No such file or directory"

I've created the session folder in my home directory is this the right place or does it have to be some where else? Ive stopped it for now but would like to enable it.

Thanks again for the help, bet you guys get bored of helping people like me who have no idea what they're doing!!!:newbie:

666 04-14-2007 05:25 AM

You probably did not enter the correct path for session directory in your rtorrent.rc file.
Also you need to edit few more lines to make it work.

For example:
Navigate to your home directory.
mkdir rtorrent
mkdir rtorrent/session
mkdir rtorrent/downloads
mkdir rtorrent/tracker

Open rtorrent.rc with your text editor. Find these lines and edit as following:

directory = ~/rtorrent/downloads
session = ~/rtorrent/session

asininity 04-15-2007 11:05 AM

Ok rtorrent wins im not wasting my time with it anymore! Azureus is what ill stick with or utorrent with wine im not being funny and appreciate all your help but this is getting beyond a joke!!!

I followed your last post 666 and created the directories but i cant edit the rtorrent.rc file because its not there anymore, i dont know where its gone i know i didnt delete it and i know rtorrent's using it as when i open a torrent file with it it saves the file in the directory i pointed it to.

So i thought ill just make a new one again following the instructions kindly provided so i did just that, but rtorrent refuses to use it as its using the other invisible one, where ever that is.

I get some message when its started about using epolling whatever that means.

I had toyed with the idea of uninstalling it and reinstalling it but why? i mean i want a program that downloads torrents that doesn't require troubleshooting ever time i start my computer! and actually works as it should.

The only attraction i can see to rtorrent is that you can boost that you're actually able to use it. Ive had an easier time editting my grub file than using what should be a simple program.

Thanks again for all your help and congratulations on using rtorrent, the programmers torrent client of choice.

666 04-15-2007 11:22 AM

I do not know which file manager do you use but you have to enable "show hidden files" option and edit hidden .rtorrent.rc.
You saved your .rtorrent.rc file with "." before the name so it means that it is hidden. That is how it should be saved.
You do not need to reinstall it.

What file manager do you use?

Sorry, I forgot.
Start terminal.
gedit .rtorrent.rc
Replace "gedit" with your editor. That is how you will edit invisible rtorrent.rc

asininity 04-15-2007 02:37 PM

Its always the little things that trip you up, having checked my "hidden files" (which happens to be a lot) i found 7 "rtorrent.rc" files with various ~ . and - in and around them, which i can say i dont understand. Ive now only got one and i reinstalled rtorrent and it now has my settings working so thanks again 666.

In the explanation of how to use the author uses a: ^ to mean control. How do you input the options which dont need control pressed first for example:


Display transfering blocks.


Toggle whether torrent ignores ratio settings.

Are these options done with enter/return?

Sometimes when i get frustrated with linux id love to just go back to windows but something stops me mainly my common sense!;) So excuse my earlier comment it was down to ignorance which was bliss while i was with windows!:)

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