Wednesday, 23 April 2008

rtorrent - A Small Howto to the Linux Terminal Torrent Client

I've been thinking about writing this small tutorial for a long time now already. It should give you a handy introduction to this neat torrent client for your terminal! Yes, a torrent client for your very own Terminal.

So here it is, rtorrent the bittorrent client for *nix flavours.

First, there's a .rc file in your home directory, that lets you configure some basic and advanced parameters for later use in rtorrent (Never forget, man rtorrent is your friend). Let's have a look on my .rc file:
cat ~/.rtorrent.rc
As you can see, I want the port 50000 to be used for incoming connections (this is the port, that I opened for bittorrent in my routers config for NAT and Firewall). I limit the download rate to 750 Kbyte/s, so is the upload rate limited to 45 Kbyte/s. Additionally, I want the torrent files to be saved on my Desktops torrents/ directory.

Now that you finished configuring the client (this only has to be done once of course), it's time to start rtorrent:
rtorrent debian-40r3-amd64-CD-1.iso.torrent
In the upper example, I'm invoking rtorrent with a torrent file to use. In this case, it will immediately start downloading the iso file. You can aswell use wildcards, for example rtorrent /tmp/*.torrent.
If you would like to add one or multiple torrent files to your already running rtorrent instance, press the Enter key (on your keyboard). It will ask you to enter the path to the files in the bottom part of your screen:

The upper screenshot shows the main screen of rtorrent. You can cycle through the torrent files with the cursor keys. Here are some of the most commonly used keyboard shortcuts for you (remember, man rtorrent):
  • Ctrl + S - Start a stopped/paused torrent
  • Ctrl + K - Stop/Pause a torrent
  • Ctrl + D - Delete a rtorrent (Never deletes the files themselve!)
  • Shift + T/t - Re-connect to tracker
  • a/s/d - Increase upload throttle by 1/5/50 Kbyte/s
  • z/x/c - Decrease upload throttle by 1/5/50 Kbyte/s
  • l - Show logging screen
  • 1-7 - Cycle torrent status screens
When you are on a torrent file with your cursor, you can push right for the following screens (Peer list, Info, File List, Tracker List, Chunks seen, Transfer list):

There are other things in these screens you can manipulate (like exclude files on the "File list" screen, etc.) but I will let it up to you finding these ;). Install and enjoy.

Sunday, 13 April 2008

"Debian Package of the Day" - Needs your help

"Debian Package of the Day" is a website, that wants to introduce a new package from the Debian package repositories to you every day (or, almost every day ;). Something you certainly know from this page my fellow reader). Debian users like me and you are encouraged to contribute their own recommendations as an article.
So why not talk about your favorite software pack? Debaday constantly is in seek of new articles to publish. Lately, they haven't had many submissions. That's why they asked for help recently ("A call for help").

One very neat feature is shown in the screenshot below. As soon as a article is released on their website, you can track the success of that in these statistics from Debians own Popcon ("Debian Popularity Contest"). Hence, you immediately see if your article had any effect on installs (or even uninstalls) of the actual pack. The red vertical line illustrates the date when the article was released.

Enjoy :)

Free Drum 'n' Bass MP3 "Contour - No Good"

Drum 'n' Bass Label Santorin Records from Tuebingen, Germany continues its series of free MP3 tracks celebrating its 10th anniversary. As in the previous two months, MarshallMar keeps track of it for you :D

This time you can download this wonderful tune from the one and only Contour.
Download "Contour - No Good" (click click)

Saturday, 12 April 2008

Angry Video Game Nerd: Double Vision Pt. 2

Here's part two of the double feature from the Angry Video Game Nerd for the ColecoVision and Intellivision, two classic video game consoles.

Again, brought to you in courtesy of

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