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This how to is out-dated as there is a ready made rpm available from the ClearOS repro! For more information you can look here: http://www.clearfoundation.com/docs/howtos/transmission_bittorrent_client
The below information should still work but I would not recommend to use it.



I have used several web gui torrent apps but none seemed to work as smooth and has such a clean gui like Transmission. My aim was to install it on clearos but I run into some trouble with an old libcurl, unfortunately I couldn't update libcurl due to dependency issues with php. So I managed to install both on the system to keep backwards compatibility!

Here the instructions:

First update and install some libraries

yum clean all
yum update
yum groupinstall "Development Tools"
yum install openssl-devel libidn-devel



Now we will install libcurl 7.16, I also stopped apache so there will likely be less problems with php, but I'm not sure this step is needed.

service httpd stop
cd /var/tmp

wget http://temp.marcinrybak.com/curl-7.16.4-8.el5.i386.rpm
wget http://temp.marcinrybak.com/curl-devel-7.16.4-8.el5.i386.rpm
rpm --Uvh --nodeps curl-7.16.4-8.el5.i386.rpm
rpm --ivh curl-devel-7.16.4-8.el5.i386.rpm


The next step is to install Transmission

wget http://mirrors.m0k.org/transmission/files/transmission-1.83.tar.bz2
tar -jxvf transmission-1.83.tar.bz2
cd transmission-1.83
./configure --enable-cli --disable-gtk --disable-mac --disable-nls
make
make check
make install
cd ../


Transmission is build so we can restore the old curl and make sure the libraries of new curl are kept make sure you still have 'curl-7.16.4-8.el5.i386.rpm' in your tmp dir

rpm -e --nodeps curl-7.16.4
rpm -e curl-devel-7.16.4
wget http://download.clearfoundation.com/clearos/enterprise/5.1/System/RPMS/curl-7.15.5-2.1.el5_3.5.i386.rpm
rpm –ivh curl-7.15.5-2.1.el5_3.5.i386.rpm

rpm2cpio curl-7.16.4-8.el5.i386.rpm | cpio -idmv
cp ./usr/lib/libcurl.so.4.0.0 /usr/lib/libcurl.so.4.0.0
cp ./usr/lib/libcurl.so.4 /usr/lib/libcurl.so.4

service httpd start


We are now almost finished, to start transmission start nicely you can use a init.d script. I included a script below but to make it work you will have to have the start stop deamon (from debian) so install this first!

So install the start stop deamon

wget ftp://ftp.de.debian.org/debian/pool/main/d/dpkg/dpkg_1.14.28.tar.gz
tar -xf dpkg_1.14.25.tar.gz
cd dpkg-1.14.25/
./configure >/dev/null
make >/dev/null
cd utils
make install


Now create a startup script using
nano /etc/init.d/transmission-daemon


and past this script
#! /bin/sh
### BEGIN INIT INFO
# Short-Description: Start the transmission BitTorrent daemon client.
#
# chkconfig: 2345 90 91
# description: Start up transmission-daemon
#
# processname: transmission-daemon
### END INIT INFO

# Original Author: Lennart A. JÃ.tte, based on Rob Howell's script
# Modified by Maarten Van Coile & others (on IRC)

# Do NOT "set -e"

#
# ----- CONFIGURATION -----
#
# For the default location Transmission uses, visit:
# http://trac.transmissionbt.com/wiki/ConfigFiles
# For a guide on how set the preferences, visit:
# http://trac.transmissionbt.com/wiki/EditConfigFiles
# For the available environement variables, visit:
# http://trac.transmissionbt.com/wiki/EnvironmentVariables
#
# The name of the user that should run Transmission.
# It's RECOMENDED to run Transmission in it's own user,
# by default, this is set to 'transmission'.
# For the sake of security you shouldn't set a password
# on this user
USERNAME=download


# ----- *ADVANCED* CONFIGURATION -----
# Only change these options if you know what you are doing!
#
# The folder where Transmission stores the config & web files.
# ONLY change this you have it at a non-default location
#TRANSMISSION_HOME="/var/config/transmission-daemon"
#TRANSMISSION_WEB_HOME="/usr/share/transmission/web"
#
# The arguments passed on to transmission-daemon.
# ONLY change this you need to, otherwise use the
# settings file as per above.
#TRANSMISSION_ARGS=""


# ----- END OF CONFIGURATION -----
#
# PATH should only include /usr/* if it runs after the mountnfs.sh script.
PATH=/usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/sbin:/bin
DESC="bittorrent client"
NAME=transmission-daemon
DAEMON=$(which $NAME)
PIDFILE=/var/run/$NAME.pid
SCRIPTNAME=/etc/init.d/$NAME

# Exit if the package is not installed
[ -x "$DAEMON" ] || exit 0

# Read configuration variable file if it is present
[ -r /etc/default/$NAME ] && . /etc/default/$NAME

# Load the VERBOSE setting and other rcS variables
[ -f /etc/default/rcS ] && . /etc/default/rcS

#
# Function that starts the daemon/service
#

do_start()
{
# Export the configuration/web directory, if set
if [ -n "$TRANSMISSION_HOME" ]; then
export TRANSMISSION_HOME
fi
if [ -n "$TRANSMISSION_WEB_HOME" ]; then
export TRANSMISSION_WEB_HOME
fi

# Return
# 0 if daemon has been started
# 1 if daemon was already running
# 2 if daemon could not be started
start-stop-daemon --chuid $USERNAME --start --pidfile $PIDFILE --make-pidfile \
--exec $DAEMON --background --test -- -f $TRANSMISSION_ARGS > /dev/null \
|| return 1
start-stop-daemon --chuid $USERNAME --start --pidfile $PIDFILE --make-pidfile \
--exec $DAEMON --background -- -f $TRANSMISSION_ARGS \
|| return 2
}

#
# Function that stops the daemon/service
#
do_stop()
{
# Return
# 0 if daemon has been stopped
# 1 if daemon was already stopped
# 2 if daemon could not be stopped
# other if a failure occurred
start-stop-daemon --stop --quiet --retry=TERM/10/KILL/5 --pidfile $PIDFILE --name $NAME
RETVAL="$?"
[ "$RETVAL" = 2 ] && return 2

# Wait for children to finish too if this is a daemon that forks
# and if the daemon is only ever run from this initscript.
# If the above conditions are not satisfied then add some other code
# that waits for the process to drop all resources that could be
# needed by services started subsequently. A last resort is to
# sleep for some time.

start-stop-daemon --stop --quiet --oknodo --retry=0/30/KILL/5 --exec $DAEMON
[ "$?" = 2 ] && return 2

# Many daemons don't delete their pidfiles when they exit.
rm -f $PIDFILE

return "$RETVAL"
}

case "$1" in
start)
echo "Starting $DESC" "$NAME..."
do_start
case "$?" in
0|1) echo " Starting $DESC $NAME succeeded" ;;
*) echo " Starting $DESC $NAME failed" ;;
esac
;;
stop)
echo "Stopping $DESC $NAME..."
do_stop
case "$?" in
0|1) echo " Stopping $DESC $NAME succeeded" ;;
*) echo " Stopping $DESC $NAME failed" ;;
esac
;;
restart|force-reload)
#
# If the "reload" option is implemented then remove the
# 'force-reload' alias
#
echo "Restarting $DESC $NAME..."
do_stop
case "$?" in
0|1)
do_start
case "$?" in
0|1) echo " Restarting $DESC $NAME succeeded" ;;
*) echo " Restarting $DESC $NAME failed: couldn't start $NAME" ;;
esac
;;
*)
echo " Restarting $DESC $NAME failed: couldn't stop $NAME" ;;
esac
;;
*)
echo "Usage: $SCRIPTNAME {start|stop|restart|force-reload}" >&2
exit 3
;;
esac



Now alter the username in the script to what you like, I made a new user 'download' with no password in the ClearOS webconfig. Connected a group to it and made a samba flexshare permissions for this group so my download will be accessible in my network (you can setup the download dir in the transmission webgui)

To finish it of and start tranission on boot
chmod +x /etc/init.d/transmission-daemon
chkconfig --add transmission-daemon
service transmission-daemon start


When you have done ''service transmission-daemon start'', transmission will start and put a .config folder in your users home dir. You can edit the settings.json file in this folder to your need. Mark that I had to alter 'rpc-whitelist-enabled' to 'false' in the settings.json file before I could access the webgui. After changing the settings please restart transmission using the daemon to make it work.

Transmission can be accessed by http:// ClearOS IP :9091/transmission/web/
Have Fun!
Saturday, January 30 2010, 02:24 PM
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    Tuesday, June 04 2013, 08:08 PM - #Permalink
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    To be clear Transmission is as installable app available on the Clearfoundation Marketplace![size=5][size=3][/size][/size]
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    Sunday, July 01 2012, 07:30 PM - #Permalink
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    You have to make transmission the owner of the flexshare.


    chown transmission.allusers /var/flexshare/shares/yourshare
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    Gujs
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    Sunday, July 01 2012, 06:25 PM - #Permalink
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    Thanks Marcel. I don't know how I missed that.

    Do you guys maybe know how can I configure write permissions for transmission if I want it to write torrents directly on my flexshare share? All work but reading and writing to downloads folder over samba right now.
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    Saturday, June 30 2012, 07:37 PM - #Permalink
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    Hi gujs,

    Check this post

    There is a version for 32 bit and 64 bit (ClearOS 6.x).
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    Gujs
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    Saturday, June 30 2012, 06:48 PM - #Permalink
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    Hi Tim,

    Is there any news about 32 bit transmission?

    Thanks
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    Leon
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    Tuesday, June 12 2012, 05:49 AM - #Permalink
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    Hi Tim / herballizard

    This might also be related to the issue i had after i updated Transmission ?
    5.2 Rights

    I am planning to re-try and update to 6.2 tomorrow as i want to run Plex media server.

    Leon
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    Tuesday, June 12 2012, 12:01 AM - #Permalink
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    Some food for thought

    A couple of years ago I had an instance where running a torrent app on my home connection (in this case it was torrentfluxb4rt) what would happen is that when running active downloads the rest of it crawled to a screaming halt. It was maddening since I had bandwidth in spades. 24mb+ down when not using it

    I changed the port range it was using it went away entirely for about 1-2moths then returned rinse repeat this would go on an off for years.

    I put it down to the ISP identifying the traffic (might I add its rather easy to spot) then throttling that given traffic - Rather common practice for bargain basement residential ISP's

    So try a different port range is my advice

    In other cases if you are using double nat - i.e the modem in front of the gateway is cheap an nasty job it and grinds away slowly with all the traffic filling its nat table hence the crawling, so disable double nat and forward the lot to your enternal interface or run a bridged modem which is the case with DSL and PPPOE
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    Monday, June 11 2012, 10:58 PM - #Permalink
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    Hi Tim

    That would be great. I have just upgraded from 5.2, and have been using Tranmission for a long time.
    I upgraded because of MythTV 0.25, because that could not be installed on 5.2, I did not even check if Transmission would work on 6.2.
    I saw you were working on getting it released, but from what i understood, only for 64bit.
    Then i wont try and do a manual install then!

    Thanks
    Søren
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    Monday, June 11 2012, 10:01 PM - #Permalink
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    Hi Leon, that's strange...perhaps the throttling aspect of Transmission is messing with your connection? Have you tried again with uTP disabled? (transmission settings > network)

    Hi Bardhat, you should use yum to install the rpm (yum localinstall xxx.rpm) and it will pull in the curl which provides the libcurl dependency.

    Hi Soren, I have a build of transmission-2.52 waiting to go...but there are issues with the build system. I may just release it via my repo in the mean time...
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    Sunday, June 10 2012, 11:43 PM - #Permalink
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    How do install on 6.2 32 bit?

    Søren
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