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    CLI Server/Seedbox Setup: Debian/Ubuntu

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    CLI Server/Seedbox Setup: Debian/Ubuntu

    Post  Peppies™ on 11th February 2011, 16:01

    This guide explains the steps required to take a Server Install of Debian to a server running Screen, ProFTPd, IRSSI & rTorrent. It is the most lightweight install you can do & I've found it gives the best speed on torrents. I don't profess to know it all when it comes to Linux, but I've had a few servers & know my way around Linux - I hope this helps some of you.

    Please note: This guide does not give you a GUI, it's all CLI (Command Line Interface) based You can do pretty much anything through console & it uses less resources than a GUI install. If possible configure your server to RAID0 for best speeds.

    1: Log into your server with PuTTy, username will be root & the password should be provided by your host.

    2: Once logged in issue the following commands:

    apt-get update

    apt-get upgrade

    3: Now your system is up-to-date, add your new user with the following command:

    adduser <username>

    4: Debian users need to install 'sudo' & add the new user to the sudoers list:

    apt-get install sudo


    # User privilege specification
    root ALL=(ALL) ALL
    <username> ALL=(ALL) ALL

    CTRL X


    5: At this stage you need to login with your new user, so issue the following command:


    6: Login with your new user & issue the following commands:

    sudo apt-get update

    sudo apt-get upgrade

    7: Now you need to install Screen, IRSSI, ProFTPd & some dependencies:

    sudo apt-get install screen irssi proftpd build-essential libtool automake openssl libcurl3 libcurl3-dev libsigc++-2.0-0c2a libsigc++-2.0-dev libncurses5 libncurses5-dev libglib2.0-dev libnet-irc-perl libwww-perl libcrypt-ssleay-perl subversion

    SCREEN allows you to run programs in the background so that you are able to log out of SSH without the program being terminated. IRSSI is a CLI IRC client. ProFTPd is an FTP Daemon, it'll automatically set up the config file so that you can login to your server via FTP with your server username & password.

    8: Now you need to make some directories for your downloads etc.

    mkdir downloads watch .svn

    This is the directory naming scheme I use, downloads - stores all downloads, watch - rTorrent auto-starts torrents uploaded here, .svn - Subversion folder, the '.' at the start of the folder means that it's hidden.

    9: Now to compile rTorrent, I strongly suggest compiling as you will get the latest version & avoid any bugs in older versions:

    mkdir -p .svn/rtorrent/

    This makes a hidden directory for all of your Subversion installs.

    cd .svn/rtorrent/

    svn co [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

    This downloads all of the files required to compile rTorrent.

    cd trunk

    svn up

    When you want to install a newer version of rTorrent simply enter the trunk directory & issue 'svn up' then follow the commands below:

    cd libtorrent

    You must install libtorrent before rTorrent!

    sudo ./ && sudo ./configure && sudo make && sudo make install

    And when that is complete...

    cd ../rtorrent

    sudo ./ && sudo ./configure && sudo make && sudo make install

    Once that is complete...


    sudo ldconfig

    10: Now you need to make an .rtorrent.rc file, this file stores the settings that rTorrent will use.
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    11: Copy the above config & paste it into .rtorrent.rc

    nano .rtorrent.rc

    <right mouse button> to paste

    CTRL + X



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