It's very light on system resources but has great features such as monitoring of a directory for .torrent files, auto-move based on status (incoming, seeding, complete, etc), categories, magnet link handling and RSS capabilities.
I have a headless system where I seed some (legal) torrents and wanted rTorrent to start up when the system did. There are some examples of init scripts on the rTorrent site but I didn't like how these ran, specifically the su constantly needing a password and the odd way it started GNU Screen.
- Put it at /etc/init.d/bittorrent and make it executable
chmod +x /etc/init.d/bittorrent
- Add to chkconfig
chkconfig --add bittorrent
- Set to start on system startup
chkconfig bittorrent on
- If you want non-root users to be able to control it, put this in your visudo, replace "username" with your non-priveledged username
- Setup an alias to the script in the user's ~/.bashrc
- CentOS 6 or Fedora 12-14. Probably also works on CentOS 5.
- screen and rtorrent
- A non-priveledged user to run rtorrent, this can either be a new user just to run torrents, or an existing user
- Absolute session path in the .rtorrent.rc file
session = /home/rtorrent/.session ## this is good
session = ~/.session ## this will break
session = .session ## so will this
- Paths for other actions such as monitoring directories for .torrent files and auto-moving complete downloads don't have to be absolute.
- Control the daemon withbittorrent start, bittorent stop, bittorrent restart
- Get information about the daemon with
bittorrent status, bittorrent info
- Connect to the screen session with
(press ctrl+a then d to disconnect)
- Released under GNU GPL v3 - http://www.gnu.org/licenses/