The purpose of this package is to provide systemd service units and a controller script that will invoke one or more instances of rtorrent when the system starts and cleanly kill them when the system shuts down. This is particularly useful for so-called 'seedboxes' (headless servers whose dedicated purpose is seeding torrents). Since rtorrent is an interactive (ncurses) application, instances are run under screen. tmux support is also planned for the future.
Simply install from the AUR by cloning and running makepkg
git clone ssh+git://email@example.com/rtorrent-systemd.git cd rtorrent-systemd makepkg -sri
rtorrent's main configuration file is, by default, ~/.rtorrent.rc. Since the goal of this package is to enable multiple instances of rtorrent, that file is not used. Instead, you must create an rtorrent.rc for each instance you want to run under /etc/rtorrent.d/. If you want, these rtorrent.rc files can import ~/.rtorrent.rc for common configuration. Any rtorrent specific configuration lives in these files. Additional configuration for systemd is located in correspondingly named .config files in the same directory. This configuration includes such information as the user that rtorrent should run as and the working directory to use.
ls /etc/rtorrent.d -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 54 Nov 22 20:01 trackerA.config -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 97 Nov 22 19:59 trackerA.rtorrent.rc -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 61 Nov 22 20:36 trackerB.config -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 111 Nov 22 20:36 trackerB.rtorrent.rc sudo systemctl enable rtorrent@trackerA.service Created symlink from /etc/systemd/system/multi-user.target.wants/rtorrent@trackerA.service to /usr/lib/systemd/system/rtorrent@.service. sudo systemctl enable rtorrent@trackerB.service Created symlink from /etc/systemd/system/multi-user.target.wants/rtorrent@trackerB.service to /usr/lib/systemd/system/rtorrent@.service. ls /etc/systemd/system/multi-user.target.wants | grep rtorrent rtorrent@trackerA.service rtorrent@trackerB.service cat /etc/rtorrent.d/trackerA.rtorrent.rc session=/torrents/trackerA/sess encryption=require directory=/torrents/trackerA/done cat /etc/rtorrent.d/trackerB.rtorrent.rc session=/torrents/trackerB/sess encryption=require directory=/torrents/trackerB/done cat /etc/rtorrent.d/trackerA.config CONFIG+=([user]="me") CONFIG+=([dir]="/torrents/trackerA") cat /etc/rtorrent.d/trackerB.config CONFIG+=([user]="me") CONFIG+=([dir]="/torrents/trackerB")
The .config file is a bash snippet that populates a globally defined associate array called "CONFIG".
|user||username||The user that rtorrent (and screen) will be run under|
|dir||absolute path||The working directory to give to rtorrent|
Future Plans & Contributing
Improvements planned but not yet implemented
- Input Validation
- More documentation
- tmux support
- Ability to reuse screen session for multiple rtorrent instances
- Ability for rtorrentctl to generate skeleton rtorrent.rc and .config files
Pull requests accepted. Leave a comment on the AUR package page with the clone URL.