gui-free torrent

Kris Kennaway kris at
Wed Nov 9 08:03:19 PST 2005

On Tue, Nov 08, 2005 at 10:29:10PM -1000, Randy Bush wrote:
> >> but putting just a client on a headless at the westin makes
> >> no sense, as i'll still have to slurp the data over the dsl
> >> to get it on the laptoy.
> >> 
> >> it's the server that will be a win over in the land of
> >> bandwidth.
> > 
> > OK, what are you actually asking for..the above didn't make
> > any sense to me :-)
> my office is my laptop.  everything is on it, compilers and
> tools, research data and code, mail back to the late '70s, ...
> hard disk is cheap.  i wander around with my laptop, but it is
> usually in low-bandwidth environments, e.g.  my home dsl, a
> meeting wifi, t-mo at a fourbucks or untied red rug, ...
> i want to fetch data to it that is available as a torrent.  i
> feel obliged to also serve what i eat (the opposite of eating
> our own dog food?:-).  i.e. i feel socially responsible to let
> the stuff i download be uploaded as well.  to do this today, i
> run azureus on my laptop.
> this is not a polite thing to do on a home dsl line, a wifi
> meeting, ... where bandwidth is shared and not plentiful.
> i also have a bunch of servers in a rack in seattle's carrier
> hotel (the westin building (not westin hotel), 33 floors of
> racks and screaming fans), and about 450mb of bandwidth to
> that rack (yes, half a gig).
> it seems to me that the best operating mode would be to have a
> torrent client/server in the rack.  then, when i want some new
> file, i can ask the torrent client in the rack to fetch (and
> subsequently serve) it.  when it has been fetched, i can rsync
> it to my laptop, burning the scarce bandwidth only once.
> for that, a pretty simple gui-free client/server would seem
> appropriate.  rtorrent looks a fit, but i am having my usual 
> 'the moon is in klutz' problems.
> make sense yet?  you asked.  bet you'll never do that again.
> :-)

Sounds like exactly what Will suggested is appropriate, then.

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