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Curses interface for the daemon of the BitTorrent client Transmission
Python Other

README.md

Please don't request or submit new features that would add more than a handful (literally!) of lines of code.

Given the messy implementation, adding functionality either causes new bugs that nobody wants to fix or it adds cruft that I won't be able to understand two weeks later because there's already so much cruft that mostly works but without any regards to the bigger picture. (Also, there is not much of a bigger picture, it's hacks all the way down (and maybe even up). Imagine a house that is hold together by the corpses in the drywall.)

This doesn't mean the project is dead.
I'll always accept any bugfixes. (Unless they cause new bugs.)

About

A console client for the BitTorrent client Transmission.

Distributions

Requirements

For Python 2.5 or older, you need simplejson which should be packaged in any Linux distribution. The Debian/Ubuntu package is called python-simplejson.

Optional Modules (you don't need them but they add features):

  • GeoIP: Guess which country peers come from.
  • adns: Resolve IPs to host names.
  • xerox: Copy magnet links to the system clipboard. You will also need either xclip on linux or pbcopy on OS X for this to work.

Debian/Ubuntu package names are python-adns and python-geoip.

Usage

Connection information

Authentication and host/port can be set via command line with one of these patterns:
$ transmission-remote-cli -c homeserver
$ transmission-remote-cli -c homeserver:1234
$ transmission-remote-cli -c johndoe:secretbirthday@homeserver
$ transmission-remote-cli -c johndoe:secretbirthday@homeserver:1234

You can write this (and other) stuff into a configuration file:
$ transmission-remote-cli -c johndoe:secretbirthday@homeserver:1234 --create-config

No configuration file is created automatically, you have to do this somehow. However, if the file exists, it is re-written when trcli exits to remember some settings. This means you shouldn't have trcli running when editing your configuration file.

If you don't like the default configuration file path ~/.config/transmission-remote-cli/settings.cfg, change it:
$ transmission-remote-cli -f ~/.trclirc --create-config

Calling transmission-remote

transmission-remote-cli forwards all arguments after '--' to transmission-remote. This is useful if your daemon requires authentication and/or doesn't listen on the default localhost:9091 for instructions. transmission-remote-cli reads HOST:PORT and authentication from the config file and forwards them on to transmission-remote, along with your arguments.

Some examples:
$ transmission-remote-cli -- -l
$ transmission-remote-cli -- -t 2 -i
$ transmission-remote-cli -- -as

Add torrents

If you provide only one command line argument and it doesn't start with '-', it's treated like a torrent file/URL and submitted to the daemon via transmission-remote. This is useful because you can instruct Firefox to open torrent files with transmission-remote-cli.

$ transmission-remote-cli http://link/to/file.torrent
$ transmission-remote-cli path/to/some/torrent-file

Screenshots

Main window - full, v1.3

Main window - compact, v1.3

Info window, v1.3

Copyright

Released under the GPLv3 license, see COPYING for details.

Contact

Feel free to request new features or provide bug reports.
You can find my email address here.

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