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Thread: rTorrent help! Not reading .torrent.rc

  1. #1
    Please help me, I've been staring at rtorrent for hours. I cant get it to read the config file that i've made changes to. As soon as i run "rtorrent" from the teriminal the first message says "Could Not read Resource file: ~/.rtorrent.rc"

    Lets see, other helpful info...debian etch, rtorrent 0.6.4 libTorrent 0.10.4. and Im a linux noooob.

    The whole reason for this is its saying port 6881 is blacklisted.

    Thanks in advance and Good night for now.

    *****IGNORE WHATS BELOW IF YOU HAVE AN EASY ANSWER*********************
    here is the .rtorrent.rc im using.

    # 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.

    # Maximum and minimum number of peers to connect to per torrent.
    #min_peers = 40
    #max_peers = 100

    # Same as above but for seeding completed torrents (-1 = same as downloading)
    #min_peers_seed = 10
    #max_peers_seed = 50

    # Maximum number of simultanious uploads per torrent.
    #max_uploads = 15

    # Global upload and download rate in KiB. "0" for unlimited.
    #download_rate = 0
    #upload_rate = 0

    # Default directory to save the downloaded torrents.
    #directory = ./

    # Default session directory. Make sure you don't run multiple instance
    # of rtorrent using the same session directory. Perhaps using a
    # relative path?
    #session = ./session

    # Watch a directory for new torrents, and stop those that have been
    # deleted.
    #schedule = watch_directory,5,5,load_start=./watch/*.torrent
    #schedule = untied_directory,5,5,stop_untied=

    # Close torrents when diskspace is low.
    #schedule = low_diskspace,5,60,close_low_diskspace=100M

    # Stop torrents when reaching upload ratio in percent,
    # when also reaching total upload in bytes, or when
    # reaching final upload ratio in percent.
    # example: stop at ratio 2.0 with at least 200 MB uploaded, or else ratio 20.0
    #schedule = ratio,60,60,"stop_on_ratio=200,200M,2000"

    # The ip address reported to the tracker.
    #ip =
    #ip =

    # The ip address the listening socket and outgoing connections is
    # bound to.
    #bind =
    #bind =

    # Port range to use for listening.
    port_range = 43555-4358

    # Start opening ports at a random position within the port range.
    #port_random = no

    # Check hash for finished torrents. Might be usefull until the bug is
    # fixed that causes lack of diskspace not to be properly reported.
    #check_hash = no

    # Set whetever the client should try to connect to UDP trackers.
    #use_udp_trackers = yes

    # Alternative calls to bind and ip that should handle dynamic ip's.
    #schedule = ip_tick,0,1800,ip=rakshasa
    #schedule = bind_tick,0,1800,bind=rakshasa

    # Encryption options, set to none (default) or any combination of the following:
    # allow_incoming, try_outgoing, require, require_RC4, enable_retry, prefer_plaintext
    # The example value allows incoming encrypted connections, starts unencrypted
    # outgoing connections but retries with encryption if they fail, preferring
    # plaintext to RC4 encryption after the encrypted handshake
    # encryption = allow_incoming,enable_retry,prefer_plaintext

    # Enable DHT support for trackerless torrents or when all trackers are down.
    # May be set to "disable" (completely disable DHT), "off" (do not start DHT),
    # "auto" (start and stop DHT as needed), or "on" (start DHT immediately).
    # The default is "off". For DHT to work, a session directory must be defined.
    dht = off

    # UDP port to use for DHT.
    dht_port = 96785

    # Enable peer exchange (for torrents not marked private)
    # peer_exchange = yes

    # Do not modify the following parameters unless you know what you're doing.

    # Hash read-ahead controls how many MB to request the kernel to read
    # ahead. If the value is too low the disk may not be fully utilized,
    # while if too high the kernel might not be able to keep the read
    # pages in memory thus end up trashing.
    #hash_read_ahead = 10

    # Interval between attempts to check the hash, in milliseconds.
    #hash_interval = 100

    # Number of attempts to check the hash while using the mincore status,
    # before forcing. Overworked systems might need lower values to get a
    # decent hash checking rate.
    #hash_max_tries = 10
    Last edited by audi25; 02-22-2008 at 10:47 AM.

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  3. Software & Hardware   -   #2
    Type "cd ~" to go to your home directory then "ls -la | grep rtorrent" to see if the file exists.

    Then try to run rtorrent from the home dir again.

    BTW to avoid black listed ports set the port range to:
    port_range = 65500-65505

  4. Software & Hardware   -   #3
    I just realized that Im using version 0.6.4. What are the commands to install/run the new version ? Thanks for baring with my linux noobness

  5. Software & Hardware   -   #4
    "sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade" to upgrade every packages in your system.

    If you installed rtorrent with apt-get or aptitude it maybe the newest version in the debian repository. To install the newest version ( 0.80 ? ) you must compile from source. There is already a guide on FST:

  6. Software & Hardware   -   #5
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    yeah, once your .rtorrent.rc is in your home directory, it should work fine. As far as I know, the default sample for ubuntu (so probably debian too), is hidden somewhere else. You can just create a new one in your home directory and that should solve your problem.

    If you can't make one/don't know how to, pm me and I can send you one


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