Article submitted by Dmitry E. Oboukhov. Guess what? We still need you to submit good articles about software you like!
Many people use a wonderful bittorrent client: rtorrent. It is an extremely easy and convenient program for servers. However, its Command-Line Interface may scare some.
If you’re already using apache then you may use an external GUI for rtorrent. rtpg-www (RTorrent Perl GUI) is a package package that quite recently appeared in Debian (Sid) and Ubuntu (Jaunty). It will please your nearest and dearest with a nice web interface, as they will be able to run rtorrent without having to touch the dreaded terminal :)
The package comes with an already configured virtual server. In its simplest variant all you need to do is:
- Answer “yes” on debconf’s question about adding a line to
/etc/hosts(only if dpkg asks you medium priority questions)
- Switch on the scgi module with a2enmod scgi
- Enable the virtual server in apache: a2ensite rtpg.apache.conf
- Reload apache to activate the new configuration: invoke-rc.d apache2 reload
- Add “scgi_port = localhost:5000″ to your
Now, you can go to
http://rtpg/ and start using it! With it you can:
- add/delete/view the list of torrents.
- Control torrents’ download priorities, start, and stop them.
- Control torrents’ file-by-file download priorities.
- View the statistics: rating, number of peers, download/upload rate, etc.
- Control the overall download/upload rates (for all torrents).
So install and enjoy! Good luck!