There are several ways to make a torrent client that can be remote controlled. I’ve decided to use Azureus, as I have good experience with it. And it can be remote controlled.
Some will say that it’s not a good idea to run xorg on a server. Unfortunately I have no choice because I want to use azureus! I tried torrentflux, but It didn’t work very well. Actually catastrophic comes to mind 🙂
To get azureus going I need the xorg server. So I’ll install it.
And the driver for my graphics card.
Make a default configuration for the server with
Copy the config file to the correct folder
Change the xorg server configuration if necessary. Then install the following to test the server
I probably don’t need the next package. I just normally install those fonts. 😉
If everything is OK, you should see the three console windows in a graphic window.
Shut down the xorg server with CTRL-ALT-BACKSPACE
Install enlightenment with
To make it start with the startx command change /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc to include
and remove all other lines starting other programs.
Now startx will startup enlightenment.
As azureus need the java runtime environment, make sure it’s installed.
java-gcj-compat can not be used, because the AzSMRC plugin only works with suns jre (at least it did in my setup)
Now install azureus
You should be ready now. Just run startx, and then run azureus.
You’ll probably have to start azureus from a terminal window.
To make a menu entry edit the file in ~/.e16/menus/menus_Other/Network.menu and add
NOTE! If you only get squares instead of characters when you start up azureus, you may be missing the package sdl_pango. Just install it with
AzSMRC Remote Control System
Now we need the multiuser remote access environment. I have chosen to use AzSMRC. You can find details on the azureus webpage.
Download the zip file from the azureus plugins website, and copy it to the server. Or use wget (through a ssh session) to download it directly to the server.
At the moment of writing this guide the latest version was 0.9.9
Now go ahead and startup azureus. Then goto the menu Plugins -> Installation Wizard.
In the window that popup you have to select Choose By File and press next. Now browse to the file you downloaded, and follow the on screen instructons.
Azureus needs to be restarted before the plugin works, so for now just exit Azureus.
Before we proceed we have to make the directories we need. I have decided to make two users with their own directories.
[root@Server]$ mkdir torrentdata
[root@Server]$ cd torrentdata
[root@Server]$ mkdir default_download
[root@Server]$ mkdir user1
[root@Server]$ mkdir user2
[root@Server]$ mkdir user1/import
[root@Server]$ mkdir user1/output
[root@Server]$ mkdir user2/import
[root@Server]$ mkdir user2/output
[root@Server]$ chown -R user1.users user1
[root@Server]$ chown -R user2.users user2
[root@Server]$ chmod -R 775 /home/torrentdata
To be able to access the downloaded content over the lan, we need to share the data. I use samba for that.
Add the following to /etc/samba/smb.conf to share the files that azureus downloads.
The user will only have access to his own files.
[torrentdata] comment = Torrent files path = /home/torrentdata/%U browseable = yes writeable = no valid users = @sambausers
This entry is an addition to my samba server setup found elsewhere on this website.
AzSMRC User Setup
When you startup azureus again, you will have an extra tab called AzSMRC. Use the username and password supplied in the readme file to login, and then create the users you need.
Make sure to use the directories we made earlier for the users output files and automatic import files.
You also need to make a little change in the azureus settings. Make sure the default directory is set under Files, and that you have selected “Automatically download to default directory”. The files will be downloaded to this directory and automatically moved to the users output directory when the download has finished.
Go ahead and enjoy your torrent grabbing machine 😉