Installing rtorrent and rutorrent web interface on a Debian 6 system

Here is how to install rtorrent and the rutorrent web interface (password protected) on a Debian 6 system.

We need to install some packages first

apt-get install subversion apache2 libapache2-mod-scgi php5 php5-cli php5-cgi php5-curl mktorrent unrar unzip php5-geoip curl libncurses5-dev pkg-config libcurl4-openssl-dev libsigc++-2.0-dev libterm-readline-gnu-perl automake libapache2-mod-php5 php5-xmlrpc libtool libcppunit-dev

Install XMLRPC to enable rtorrent and rutorrent to work together – These commands should be run using sudo or a root account

mkdir /install
cd /install
svn checkout http://xmlrpc-c.svn.sourceforge.net/svnroot/xmlrpc-c/stable xmlrpc-c
cd xmlrpc-c
./configure
make
make install

Compile the latest Libtorrent version – Again run these commands with privileges

cd /install
wget http://libtorrent.rakshasa.no/downloads/libtorrent-0.13.2.tar.gz
tar xzvf libtorrent-0.13.2.tar.gz
cd libtorrent-0.13.2
./autogen.sh
./configure
make
make install

Compile rtorrent

wget http://libtorrent.rakshasa.no/downloads/rtorrent-0.9.2.tar.gz
tar xzvf rtorrent-0.9.2.tar.gz
cd rtorrent-0.9.2
./autogen.sh
./configure --with-xmlrpc-c
make
make install
ldconfig

Now we must place the rtorrent configuration file in our home directory. Get out of root if you are in so and in the home directory of the user that you want to run rutorrent from, using nano or your other favourite editor, paste the following into a file called .rtorrent.rc.

    Make sure to read through and change /home/user/folder to the location of your homefolder!

# 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 = /home/user/download

# Default session directory. Make sure you don’t run multiple instance
# of rtorrent using the same session directory. Perhaps using a
# relative path?
session = /home/user/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 = 127.0.0.1
#ip = rakshasa.no

# The ip address the listening socket and outgoing connections is
# bound to.
#bind = 127.0.0.1
#bind = rakshasa.no

# Port range to use for listening.
port_range = 56500-56510

# 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 = auto

# UDP port to use for DHT.
#
# dht_port = 6881

# 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
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