HowTo Install rTorrent
What you will need:
- Copy of rTorrent compiled for Intel OS X.
- Copies of
bunzip2from Darwin x86 ISO. (Located in
nanohelps a lot, too.
- An AppleTV set up with SSH access.
Here is how to install!
First, gather the necessary files together in a single folder for ease of organization (not necessary though), and use scp (or your favorite ftp or sftp client, such as Cyberduck on OS X or FileZilla on Windows - see their instructions) to transfer them to your AppleTV. In the following examples, replace
192.168.0.5 with whatever your AppleTV's address is. Open up Terminal.app and do:
scp tar email@example.com: scp bunzip2 firstname.lastname@example.org:
Or, if all your files are in the same folder, open up Terminal.app, go to that folder, and do:
cd myfoldername scp * email@example.com:
Now, log in to your AppleTV with SSH:
Once you're in, do:
./bunzip2 rtorrent-0.7.4-osx.tar.bz2 ./tar xvf rtorrent-0.7.4-osx.tar
Alternately, you can copy tar, bzip2 and bunzip2 to your /usr/bin directory (see next step!) This will make your root filesystem writable, so be careful.
sudo mount -uw /
(This step is optional!)
sudo cp -n tar /usr/bin sudo cp -n bzip2 /usr/bin sudo cp -n bunzip2 /usr/bin sudo cp -n nano /usr/bin
Note that these must be correctly chmodded with
chmod +x <filename>
before you copy or
sudo chmod +x /usr/bin/<filename>
afterward. And then you don't need to type "./" in front of executing these commands anymore. If you do this before extracting the rTorrent archive, you can use
tar xjvf rtorent-0.7.4-0sx.tar.bz2 - all one step.
Since the root filesystem is still writable, we need to — if they do not already exist — create the following directories:
sudo mkdir -p /usr/local/bin sudo mkdir /usr/local/lib
Then move our files into place!
sudo cp rtorrent-0.7.4-osx/rtorrent /usr/local/bin sudo cp rtorrent-0.7.4-osx/libtorrent.* /usr/local/lib sudo mount -ur /
Now you may create a file called
.profile in your home directory, either by using
nano and pasting the following, or just do:
echo export PATH="/bin:/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/bin:/usr/sbin" > ~/.profile
There is also a more global way of doing this, if you set up your path in the file
Now just run
rtorrent, or better yet,
screen rtorrent and you have a text-mode BitTorrent client on your AppleTV! What's more convenient than that! The basics of using screen is to type Ctrl+A then Ctrl+D and you can exit out of things, but leave rTorrent running. Next time you need to access it, SSH back in to your AppleTV and type
screen -rd and boom!