opentracker and seedboxes for CrunchBang
Dec 5, 2010 (about 2 years ago)
I have recently set-up a BitTorrent tracker and some seedboxes for CrunchBang. This is something I have wanted to do for a long time. In fact, I really wish I had done it long before now as it probably would have reduced the amount of bandwidth that Piggy, Hogthrob and Strangepork have been eating.
Anyhow, regarding the tracker, I opted to use opentracker. It looks like a really good lightweight tracker, so it should be ideal. Its set-up was fairly straightforward, thanks in large to some easy to follow build instructions on its homepage. At the moment I have configured it as an open tracker, meaning anyone can use it to announce their torrents. I am not sure this was an overly good idea, so I will keep an eye on it. If I find it is getting abused, I will reconfigure it to be a closed tracker. Boo. I am not going to publish its address here, but if anyone would like it, ping me.
As for the seedboxes, I opted to use rtorrent on CrunchBang’s existing file servers. I have set-up the rtorrent instances to run as services with GNU Screen. I have not fully tested the set-up yet, but I think I have it all configured correctly — I guess I will found out when the next Statler images are ready, which should be within a couple of days.
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