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btpd is a BitTorrent client daemon.


It's in AUR, get/installit it with your AUR helper or manually.

$ cower -d btpd && makepkg && pacman -U *.pkg


The configuration lies in /etc/conf.d/btpd. Actually in the file there's just a definition for $BTPD_ARGS, which is included in /etc/rc.d/btpd. The configuration file could look something like this:

# Arguments to be passed to the BitTorrent Protocol Daemon

btpdUSER="s"    # See the note, for this option to work.

OUTLIMIT="0"    # Measured in kB/s, 0 means unlimited.
INLIMIT="0"     # Measured in kB/s, 0 means unlimited.
# See other options in `man btpd`

BTPD_ARGS="-d $DIR -p $PORT --bw-out $OUTLIMIT --bw-in $INLIMIT"

NOTE: It's meant to be used from userland, although you could run it from your user, but that requires a tweak in the default deamon. Change line 11 to: "su $btpdUSER -c "/usr/bin/btpd $BTPD_ARGS" &> /dev/null".


Interacting with btpd through btcli

   * Add foo.torrent, with content dir /home/user/foo.torrent.d/, and start it.
     $ btcli add -d /home/user/foo.torrent.d foo.torrent
   * Same as above without starting it.
     $ btcli add -N -d /home/user/foo.torrent.d foo.torrent
   * Display a list btpd’s torrents and their number, size, status, etc.
     $ btcli list
   * Same as above, but only for torrent 12 and my.little.torrent.
     $ btcli list 12 my.little.torrent
   * Same as above but only for active torrents.
     $ btcli list -a
   * Use a custom list format
     $ btcli list -f "btcli list -f "%n\t%#\t%p%s\t%r\n"
   * Start bar.torrent and torrent number 7.
     $ btcli start bar.torrent 7
   * Stop torrent number 7.
     $ btcli stop 7
   * Stop all active torrents.
     $ btcli stop -a
   * Remove bar.torrent and it’s associated information from btpd.
     $ btcli del bar.torrent
   * Display a summary of up/download stats for the active torrents.
     $ btcli stat
   * Display the summary once every five seconds.
     $ btcli stat -w 5
   * Same as above, but also display individual stats for each active torrent.
     $ btcli stat -w 5 -i
   * Shut down btpd.
     $ btcli kill