Use a Raspberry PI as a NAS Seed Box (Network Attached Storage running torrent software). RPi 2 is perfect for this due to running at very low electrical low power and being faster than a Fast Ethernet bottleneck. I initially bought a RPi version 1B which I returned as it couldn’t send files over a wired LAN at 10MB per second (basically the bottleneck for Fast Ethernet (100mbps)). Also I can use a thin client for torrenting on my PC with Deluge rather than just a webUI.
- RPi version 2B running Ubuntu (yay linux).
- USB Drive formatted in NTFS.
- Install Samba (windows file sharing).
- Install Deluge torrent software with a web interface (deluge also supports a remote thin client 🙂 ).
Using a HDMI monitor and keyboard:
- Install Ubuntu.
- I set a Static IP for my RPi since I don’t want a random DHCP address from my internet router and I can’t reserve an IP on my router. At the RPi Ubuntu terminal screen, open the nano text editor to the network settings file with this command:
sudo nano /etc/network/interfaces
I commented out the current DHCP settings:
#iface eth0 inet dhcp
and put in a static address with openDNS as the DNS:
iface eth0 inet static address 192.168.1.38 netmask 255.255.255.0 gateway 192.168.1.1 dns-nameservers 220.127.116.11
Then I exited nano with Ctrl X, press Y to save current modifications, enter to confirm file name. I usually reopen the file just to check it looks how I wanted (the up arrow retypes the previous command in the terminal window).
- Then I changed the RPi hostname (which is accessible from the windows folder address bar once samba is installed):
sudo nano /etc/hostname
- Now I mounted my USB drive:
-Use this command to show drive IDs:
-Copy the UUID for the USB Drive (note that Ctrl C isn’t copy in the terminal)
-Create a mount point for the USB drive:
sudo mkdir /media/Data
Before editing /etc/fstab directly, it is a good idea to make a backup. From a terminal:
sudo cp /etc/fstab /etc/fstab.orig
sudo nano /etc/fstab
and I added a line for my NTFS USB drive:
UUID=NUMBERSNSTUFF /media/Data ntfs-3g uid=ubuntu,gid=ubuntu,umask=000 0 0Those settings didn't work for my next ftp project :/... these worked... defaults,locale=en_AU.utf80 0
I set options uid=ubuntu,gid=ubuntu,umask=000 so that samba could access the drive as well as deluge torrent client.
EDIT: I chose these options this time – this allows read only access for ‘others’
defaults,nobootwait,utf8,uid=ubuntu,gid=deluge,dmask=002,fmask=113 NOTE in Ubuntu 16.04 I used: defaults,nofail,utf8,uid=ubuntu,gid=deluge,dmask=002,fmask=113
Mount all the drives in fstab using
sudo mount -a
- Install Samba.
- Install Deluge (from here) NOTE for 16.04 I used these instructions to install
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:deluge-team/ppa sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install deluged deluge-webui sudo nano
EDIT – These instructions create a user and group for deluge (note these instructions are for my distro ‘Ubuntu 11.04 Natty up to 14.10 Utopic’):
sudo adduser --disabled-password --system --home /var/lib/deluge --group deluge
Add my user to the deluge group:
adduser ubuntu deluge
then allow myself access
sudo chmod 770 "/var/lib/deluge/.config/" -R
Then I followed the instructions linked in the EDIT link.
- Stop deluge with before editing the config file
sudo stop deluged Ubuntu 16.04: systemctl stop deluged systemctl stop deluge-web systemctl status deluge-web
edit the config file at
sudo nano "/var/lib/deluge/.config/deluge/core.conf"
I changed the daemon port and set allow_remote to true, also I modified my firewall rules to allow daemon and web ports through.
- SSL can be forced to avoid the login details being man-in-the-middle attacked. For me this was a major pain in the ass. You need A. to enable SSL and B. to import your SSL Certificates…
(if you use the thin client -step 9- rather than web-ui, you don’t need this)A. After stopping deluge, edit /etc/init/deluge-web.conf to have ‘–ssl’ at the end, like this
exec start-stop-daemon -S -c $uid:$gid -k $umask -x /usr/bin/deluge-web --ssl
This will force SSL for the web ui.
Possibly you will need to modify the users deluge conf files, for me there are some here: /home/ubuntu/.config/deluge/ specifically web.conf and web_plugin.conf
I found that the preference settings in the web ui didnt do much.
Now put your public and private keys in the right place. For me that is /home/ubuntu/.config/deluge/ssl/
I renamed my certs to the existing certs, daemon.cert, deamon.pkey.
- These instructions are vaguely related and informative for remote access to the daemon. Basically you
- set the client deluge to classic mode in the settings
- allow_remote as in step 7
- edit the auth file in (as described sorta in the linked instructions)
- In the case of an external drive not being mounted while deluge boots, it will set the progress for all torrents to 0% cause havoc. I fixed this by editing /etc/init/deluged.conf with the following ‘start on’ stanza:
(this is covered for 16.04 in those instructions)
start on filesystem and static-network-up and mounted MOUNTPOINT=/media/Data
Better…Ok so I didn’t configure my firewall for the actual BitTorrent ports. This kinda helps… Also if future problems arise I can change ports.
I also added a port forward rule in my internet gateway.
- I had an instance where for some reason my Deluge config got corrupted. This was super frustrating to fix, so I made daily backups for the config:
#!/bin/sh # This script backups up the deluge config daily. #From here https://rsync.samba.org/examples.html # directory to backup BDIR=/var/lib/deluge/.config/deluge BACKUPDIR=`date +%A` OPTS="--force --ignore-errors --delete-excluded --delete --backup --backup-dir=/$BACKUPDIR -a" # the following line clears the last weeks incremental directory [ -d /var/lib/deluge/.config/emptydir ] || mkdir /var/lib/deluge/.config/emptydir rsync --delete -a /var/lib/deluge/.config/emptydir/ /var/lib/deluge/.config/$BACKUPDIR/ rmdir /var/lib/deluge/.config/emptydir # now the actual transfer rsync $OPTS $BDIR /var/lib/deluge/.config/$BACKUPDIR/
and edited admin crontab with ‘sudo crontab -e’ adding this line at the bottom
0 5 * * * /usr/local/sbin/delugeConfBackup.sh
- Migrating to a new system, I got everything working and copied the state folder to the new system (renaming the original on the new machine)