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#1 hortonjunk

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 04:48 PM

Preliminary note to moderators: this *IS* a legitimate topic under the forum rules. If you have doubts, check with one of the lead moderators before giving me the proverbial smack-down. I have *absolutely* no intention or desire to discuss anything about .torrent files, trackers, et cetera, and my intended use is entirely legal.

Preliminary note to xbox-scene n00bs: DON'T ASK about where to find .torrent files, DON'T DISCUSS warez or other illegal crap, because you and this topic will get the smack-down, and no one will be able to benefit from this thread!

Background: I have been trying (with limited success) to install torrent client software on my xbox.

First, I was running Gentoox, and I installed Azureus... Azureus was a resource hog (I mean, to the point where it could take up to a minute to switch from screen to screen). I decided to ditch Azureus, and try something else.

I ditched Gentoox, formatted, and installed x-dsl. I tried the "bittorrent" and "bittornado" packages, and set up torrentflux, because I discovered that I could have a fast command-line client running on the xbox and access it from a slick remote gui console on my mac (and THAT is freakin' awesome). However, torrentflux worked for a night, and then refused to connect to peers from then on, no matter what I tried. In addition, I was unimpressed with the lack of features that bittorrent and bittornado offered.

It appears that rtorrent is currently the most actively developed bittorrent client for linux, and people seem to be extremely happy with the up-to-date features it offers (e.g., encryption, multi-file torrent management, etc.).

My problem: I had a b**ch of a time installing rtorrent on my xdsl box. With a fresh xdsl install on my xbox, I went into fluxbox and turned on "apt-get" and selected "update GNU core utils." Trying to follow rtorrent installation guides online, I quickly started sliding down the slippery slope of version conflicts as I tried to apt-get from various repos, and alternatively trying to compile from source. At this point, when I try to use apt-get, it tells me to install Kernel 2.6. I am NOT interested in "fixing" the install, but rather, I want to start over, so I can document a start-to-finish guide for others.

My question: At this point, I believe my x-dsl install is in version conflict hell, and I plan to do a fresh install of it (or another *nix distro) so I can sleep at night. Since I am redoing my xbox, I am looking for someone out there who successfully installed and heavily uses rtorrent (without having it crash often) to help me out. If you are such a person, I'd like to know the following information:

(1) What *nix distro you have installed on your system
(1b) Where you obtained the *nix distro, the form you obtained it in, and what version you obtained
(2) Any software updates that you performed prior to installing rtorrent
(3) How you installed rtorrent, and if you ran into any problems during installation
(3) What version of rtorrent you installed, and where you obtained it


Hopefully, with your information, I can get a solid *nix distro installed on my xbox, along with a rock-solid install of rtorrent--all while avoiding version conflict hell. It will also help me put together a start-to-finish HOWTO doc to help others.

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 05:47 PM

I'm running rTorrent 0.6.4 with libTorrent 0.10.4 (is says so when it is running in the top).
I'm using Xebian and did an apt-get update and upgrade for the system after a fresh install.
Then an apt-get install rTorrent. That was basically it and all installed without a problem.
I'm still running the original kernel (2.4.31). I know I should upgrade.
I'm also running GNU screen, under which htop, top, rTorrent, hellanzb, irssi, mc and bash are running all the time.
Also have a look at my website for some more info.
I recently (2 weeks ago) upgraded to 1TB of storage (basically just for the fun of it) and re-installed everything without problems.

#3 hortonjunk

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 06:15 PM

QUOTE(reab @ Oct 10 2007, 01:23 PM) View Post

I'm running rTorrent 0.6.4 with libTorrent 0.10.4 (is says so when it is running in the top).
I'm using Xebian and did an apt-get update and upgrade for the system after a fresh install.
Then an apt-get install rTorrent. That was basically it and all installed without a problem.


Thanks, reab, for this info. One thing, though, that I want to be really careful about, is my choice of repo mirror when doing this install.

So, based on the info you provided, I have the following questions:
(1) Where did you get the xebian install, and what file, specifically, did you download?
(2) After installing xebian, you did an apt-get update and upgrade. What did your sources.list file look like when you did this? I really want the exact lines from it, for clarity's sake.
(3) After this, you did apt-get install rTorrent. Did you change your sources.list file to grab rtorrent from a different source? If so, please provide the changes you made to sources.list

I appreciate this help, it will save me from getting into the same version conflicts that I ran into previously!

EDIT: Checking your webpage, I found some of this info, but I'd still like info about the state of your sources.list file when you used apt-get install rtorrent

Edited by hortonjunk, 10 October 2007 - 06:33 PM.


#4 reab

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Posted 11 October 2007 - 06:18 AM

Hi,

The update/upgrade was mentioned in my 1st reply.
My /etc/apt/sources.list are:
deb http://ftp.at.debian.org/debian/ stable main contrib non-free

deb http://non-us.debian.org/debian-non-US stable/non-US main contrib non-free
deb-src http://non-us.debian.org/debian-non-US stable/non-US main contrib non-free

deb http://security.debian.org/ stable/updates main contrib non-free
deb-src http://security.debian.org/ stable/updates main contrib non-free

In this thread: http://forums.xbox-s...howtopic=606819
these repos are used:
deb http://ftp.nl.debian.org/debian/ stable main contrib non-free

deb http://non-us.debian.org/debian-non-US stable/non-US main contrib non-free
deb-src http://non-us.debian.org/debian-non-US stable/non-US main contrib non-free

deb http://security.debian.org/ stable/updates main contrib non-free
deb-src http://security.debian.org/ stable/updates main contrib non-free


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#5 reab

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Posted 11 October 2007 - 07:12 AM

Some info can also be found at:
http://www.debian.or...-basico.en.html
http://www.debian.or...y-howto.en.html
http://www.debian.org/mirror/

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Posted 28 October 2007 - 05:03 AM

QUOTE(hortonjunk @ Oct 10 2007, 05:24 PM) View Post

Preliminary note to moderators: this *IS* a legitimate topic under the forum rules. If you have doubts, check with one of the lead moderators before giving me the proverbial smack-down. I have *absolutely* no intention or desire to discuss anything about .torrent files, trackers, et cetera, and my intended use is entirely legal.



torrent clients, .torrent files, trackers are not illegal, kinda like a gun (until) it gets into the wrong hands.

And the Azureus.uci in the mydsl browser works fine, just have to shut everything down to use it... so if ya wanna run firefox... then exit Azureus and do so, when your done, turn your torrents back on...easy as pie.

if ya try to run firefox at the same time it will lock up, but it takes less than a minute to exit/restart azureus




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